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An introduction to stitching cards


A beautiful card made by stitching the dragonfly design directly on the card. The dark blue card is 104mm x 152mm. It is stitched with pearl metallic thread. This design takes approximately one hour to stitch.

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We are using the dragonfly card from the Form-A-Lines Riverside Delights set to demonstrate the techniques of stitching a card. You can buy the Riverside Delights pattern in the Form-A-Lines download store at:
Form-A-Lines Riverside Delights Set

If you want to try the technique for yourself before purchase there are some free projects at:
Card Inspirations stitching card projects.


Step One: Protect your work surface with a piece of foam, a felt mat or a folded towel. Open up the card and with the right side facing up, lay a design template on the middle section.

Pricking out the card

Step Two: Holding the template in place, take the large pin and prick through each dot in turn on the template making sure that the pin also goes through the card. Remove the template when the entire design has been completed.

Hint - If you wish to secure your template to the card with sticky tape, place the tape on and off a cloth several times. This will take off the excess stickiness yet still allow it to adhere to the card without leaving a mark. To test first use the reverse of the right panel as this will eventually be hidden.

Pricked card
The pricked out card

Tape the thread

Step three: Cut a length of thread about 2 feet long and thread the needle. (It is better to use several short threads rather than one long piece as the holes of the card may start to wear away the filament in the thread and cause it to fray. The underside of your work will be hidden so it does not matter how many times you seal your threads.) Attach the thread to the back of the card, close to the starting point, with a small piece of sticky tape, making sure that you do not cover over any holes.

Stitching through the back

Step Four: Follow instructions for each embroidered design, securing each length of thread with a small piece of sticky tape. 

Closeup of instructions
Close up view of the stitching diagram.

Written instructions
Written instructions for stitching the wing 

Double page view of instructions
Two pages of instructions for stitching the dragonfly.

Stitched wing

The first wing is complete. Notice how the metallic thread catches the light giving these cards their special quality.

fold under the right hand

Step Five: When a design is completed fold under the right hand side of the card and glue in place around the edge.


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