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The Art of Paper Embroidery

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 3

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For those not familiar with the term, paper embroidery may be a bit foreign. A lot of people will believe that it is kind of strange idea that rather than fabric, you'll be embroidering on paper. Even so, you must know that this type of embroidery has been in practice for several decades now. It was not that popular because very few people have expressed interest on it.

If you get the hang of it, you'll certainly love this embroidery craft. You'll be amazed at how paper embroidery can be such fun. This fundamentally involves stitching patterns to paper or thin card. And did you know that this craft is perfect in adorning nondescript items like table decors, bookmarks, materials in scrapbooking and greeting cards. And even as novice, you can astonishingly produce great details using paper embroidery.

History of Paper Embroidery

In the seventies, string art pictures were really popular. Several believed that paper embroidery has been strongly molded by this string art pictures. All the same, paper embroidery started in Holland in the nineties when Erica Fortgens, a Dutch designer wrote books bearing instructions for stitching cards and designing patterns for them.

The designer said that she began designing patterns when she created dinner cards with golden embroidery; the cards soon became very popular. Also in the 1990s, a wool manufacturer, Madeira, began manufacturing embroidery paper kits that were sold under the name Pickpoints. Just a handful of kits were produced though.

In 1998, Card Inspirations, an English craft company, launched stitching cards. These were called Form-A-Lines which were firstly designed by Linda Jefferson and Anne Harding. Then, David Jefferson made a computer drawing program which was utilized to convert the cards into patterns. These turned into the first two Form-A-Lines kits that became very popular; hence, the evolution of paper embroidery started out.

Application of Paper Embroidery

When and where can you make paper embroidery useful? Well, in numerous occasions and in a lot of ways. Below are uses of paper embroidery;

• Greeting cards – stitching cards are becoming rather popular now particularly for people who want unique greeting cards.

• Scrapbooking – rather than using colored scrapbooking papers, you could add life to your scrapbooks by using embroidered paper.

• Table decors – you can create embroidered decorations for your tables

• Bookmarks or notebook covers – instead of being content over a plain bookmark or notebook, you can brighten it up by putting embroidery on them.

• Tags – you could also embroider gift tags or name tags if you like a personalized touch.

The Things to take into account In Paper Embroidery

If you're planning to do paper embroidery, there are a number of things that you must consider. One of the most important are the things that you'll need. First off, you need to select the type of paper you'll be using. Make sure to pick out papers which can hold together the threads and must also be fibrous and allows you to push the needles through it.

The sort of needles that you are going to use must be very thin and sharp. Several recommend that a paper embroiderer use a size 75/11 needle. The threads that you'll be using are the next thing to take into account. You can just use any kind of threads you choose. But make sure that it will tidily fit he needle as well as match the paper you are using on your project.

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Comments

Feb 22, 2011 9:10pm
Introspective
Great info, what a nice touch to make embroidered gift and name tags! Thanks Athena!
Feb 22, 2011 11:47pm
paypalku
Nice article,,,
Mar 4, 2011 9:40pm
vetochemicals
wow, this was new to me, thanks for sharing your article and tips to use paper embroidery. My mom would love this!
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