Super, simple, yummy and calorie-free!
These cards are super easy to make. The big plus for me is that your drawing skills don't have to be great-simpler designs work best. This example is of a cupcake, but what you can stitch is up to you- I was at first inspired by a bird stitched card featured in Sew Hip, a British sewing magazine. Just feel inspired by who is going to receive your card!
I do apologise for the quality of the pics- these were taken in the evening and we have switched to eco lightbulbs. The light is terrible now!
If anything is unclear please contact me!
The first step is to actually draw a sketch of what you plan on doing, as I said before keep it simple. If you decide to draw something with too many details it will be a real pain when it comes to stitching. Plan carefully which colour you want to use for each part- they need to stand out (something I didn't think about when I decided to make the bottom of the cupcake white!)
Now the fun part: piercing holes! With your head-pin needle pierce holes along the lines of your drawing. Leave a bit of space between each holes (about 4mm). If they're too close to each other they'll join when it comes to stitching and it won't look at good. This does take a while and is a bit boring but as you will use these holes to stitch make sure they are on the lines.
Sorry I don't have a picture for the actual stitching... I wasn't sure how it would come out. You need to stitch in a running stitch- basically pulling the thread in one hole and then pulling it in the hole after, and back on the first hole. Does this makes sense? No? Well I've tried my best with a Paint masterpiece :-)
Everytime you're done with a colour- tie in a secure knot at the back of the drawing- you don't want it to come all loose after all your hard work.
Oh and just to let you know I used 3 strands of thread for each colour. You don't need to splash on expensive embroidery floss- I got a pack of 20 for £1 in What!