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I first saw a Stitching Card when a colleague's wife gifted me one on the occasion of Christmas. I was so enthralled by the sheer beauty and simplicity of the art that I decided to find out what it is and how it is made. I googled quite a bit and finally got some information about it. I also found some free samples and patterns of this art, and so it began.
It requires really basic stuff like a card sheet, pricking tool (you can use the ever-so-humble safety pin or touch pin) and some colorful shiny threads. I would say it is a very simple and easy way to bring out the creativity in you. It really is as simple as stitching on a cloth with the added advantage that you can make a card out of it and gift it to your near and dear ones.
There are different stitching patterns that you could incorporate into your design to make it look even more attractive and intriguing. I decided to start with the most simple and appealing design that I came across.
Step : 1
I used a threefold, rectangular, yellow color card and cut out a smaller rectangle, from the second fold, leaving a margin of 1-cm from each of the 4 sides, as shown in the image below.
Step : 2
Then I cut another white rectangular card, of dimensions slightly bigger than the previous cut out. This is where I imprinted the design. Having slightly bigger dimensions will make it easier to paste this card into the outer card once it is done.
I used a sample pricking pattern from the Form-A-Lines website.
Step : 3
Next I secured the pricking pattern in place, on the white rectangular sheet, with tape on the sides of the card that would be hidden when my design was complete.
Step : 4
Using the pricking tool, I carefully pricked through each dot on the pattern ensuring that it is also pricking the card sheet below.
Note: While pricking on the actual card sheet, ensure that the dots/prick are very light – only imprint the dots, don't pierce it yet. Reason being, when you actually stitch through the card using the needle and thread, the hole will get enlarged and the final design may not look very good.
Once the design is complete, remove the pricking pattern.
This is how the pricked out card will look like.
Step : 5
Choose color threads, as per your design, and then pass the needle through the first hole starting from the back of the card through to the front. Pull the thread until there is a short piece left. Secure the end using the transparent cello tape.
Note: Pull the thread just enough so that it doesn't slack or look loose.
Using the sample design pattern, I followed the instructions for each embroidery design. If you are making your own design, you will need to figure out the embroidery pattern as well. When switching to some other color thread, make sure that you secure the thread ends using the adhesive tapes.
When the stitching is complete, paste this card in the area carved out in step 2. This is how the finished product looks like.
I have since made some more cards like this, a few of these are as below. This is a really simple and low-cost hobby that anyone can start, and also use to make the day for someone you care for.
This is a guest article by my wife
Jash Jacob is a Business Intelligence developer who has been contributing to ISC since a few months. His interests include Business Intelligence, Business Analytics, Movies, Novels, Reading scientific news and debates and listening to music. He also comments on random things in life in his personal blog. If you so wish, you may contact him through his profile or through forum response.
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A nice explanation of the art which is useful for people interested in home made or self made products. For me I am very much interested on these which may be seen by the articles I shared in ISC about home made gifts or home made decorations using many ideas of bead stringing, stitching, quilling of papers etc.
I really appreciate the simple way of sharing the information to understand by others and images are really good to try.