A striking, tactile way to decorate stiff paper (like a Moleskine cahier cover or a greeting card)
I have just used this technique to decorate the cover of a Moleskine cahier notebook, as a participant in The Sketchbook Project 2011. My theme is "nightmare", and I wanted the cover of the sketchbook to have an understated yet heavy, oppressed feel to it.
I have received so many compliments on pictures of the finished back cover that I thought I'd share the technique with everyone. It's not rocket science, and I'm sure embroidery on paper or card has been done before, but maybe not using a grid for black work? Hope you find it useful!
It took just 30 minutes to punch the holes, but then it took a few hours to stitch my design...time will vary, depending on the design and size you are working on.
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Pick a blackwork design. I took my allover pattern from a book, but there are so many online pattern libraries you can use, as well. The pattern at left is just an example, from http://www.blackworkarchives.com
Remember to take the number of holes on your paper into account when looking for patterns...if you used a large grid, you might not have enough squares to complete a design. Count! That's why it's called counted thread embroidery!