Those of you who have followed my blog over the years know that each December I set about designing a machine embroidered card for my sister. This year I decided to do something a little different and I used a freebie to make several cards to send to family and friends. A word of caution, plan ahead and make sure you have some good quality blank cards with cutouts with matching envelopes.
I used the freebie that came with my most recent angel, the Embroidery angel. Six of these baubles were stitched out on tulle using a mesh stabiliser. My preferred one is Sulky soft n sheer. It makes the whole project quick and easy as there is no need to wash it away. As you can see I had to angle them to squeeze them into my 260mm x 200mm hoop.
After embroidering the bauble out I trimmed very carefully around the edges and cut a hole in the loop. This is so much easier if you have used tulle which will not fray. I do not recommend organza. A little tidying up was required on the back too! I used the soft colours that have been assigned to the freebie.
After all the baubles were ready I embellished them with hot fix crystals and pearls so that they would shine. I have a unique way to attach my pearls and crystals, so discover more this in this video.
(I have just discovered a new supplier of hot fix Swarovski crystals and pearls in the UK – Bluestreak crystals – which I will be using in the near future as they have so many more to choose from and even have an app for your iPhone) Embellishing haven!!! Crystals and pearls really make your embroidery come alive and the choices on this website really are exciting. I encourage you to try them if you have not done so already. The first few may be daunting but you will soon get the hang of it all.
I only had card with oval cutouts so I decided to back them with some cream paper, to help the bauble stand out.
Very narrow satin gold ribbon was used to hang the baubles and I used my thang to push it through the hole.
This is how I inserted the ribbon, so the ribbon went across the front of the bauble.
I really wasn’t sure how the bauble would hang and I first had to decide where I wanted it to hang. Placing the bauble centrally in the oval, I marked the lowest point and the centres with a pencil. Make sure your card is the right way so that it opens correctly when finished!!!!
The bauble is then tided around the top of the oval and a piece of sticky tape holds it in place on the inside.
The ends were then secured to the side out of the way.
This is how it will look on the front of the card.
Then another piece of ribbon was used to create a bow on the front!
I was so pleased with how this looked when complete.
Double sided tape is placed on every side of the oval to hold the card closed.
Take this part slowly, use plenty but do not overlap.
A little tape on the back of the bauble will prevent it from twisting.
These were so fun to make and much appreciated by those who received them.
I hope you all had a good Christmas and pray that this year will be much better than 2020 and that you will be kept safe and stay creative.
Happy embroidering from Hazel