This beautiful Valentine Hearts pattern is easy for beginners to stitch and if you are experienced at embroidery on paper you will find it quick to complete. The downloadable pattern includes step-by-step instructions. As well as Valentines cards it could be used as an anniversary card. Just leave off the Valentines greeting and substituting another greeting using the free Stitching Cards TrueType font or a sticker…
I have been designing stitching cards for over ten years but the origins of the craft go back a long way in history. Card has probably been used as a base material for embroidery since card itself was first produced. In the 1800s sheets of perforated paper became available to needle crafters. This started the Victorian craze for stitching mottoes and sayings on card. Designs were usually worked in long parallel stitches to form areas of colour.
Today’s card embroidery designs are typically worked in long crossing stitches that form geometric shapes. In the early 1990s Dutch designer Erica Fortgens started writing books with instructions and patterns for making stitching cards using geometric shapes.
In the forward to her book “Embroidery on Paper” Erica Fortgens tells how she got started.