This week Sarah has been getting in the crafty spirit by creating a lovely heart card. This special hand made card would make the perfect gift for loved one for Valentines Day.
Equipment you will need:
- A piece of card or paper (we used A5 cream craft paper)
- 1 skein of hand embroidery thread
- A pair of scissors
- A pencil
- A sharp thick needle (we used a large sharp tapestry needle)
- A blunt thick needle ( we used a large knitters needle)
- Optional: thimble and heart cookie cutter
Most of the above equipment can be purchased at Karen Delahunty Sewing & Knitting Centre.
Lets Get Started...
Step 1: Fold your piece of paper or card in half.
Step 2: Using a cookie cutter or free-hand draw a heart shape in the middle of the folded card.
Step 3: Using a pair of scissors cut out the heart shape out. You should end up with something like this >>
Step 4: With a sharp needle create a perforated outer edge just outside of the heart outline. You should end up with the card looking like this>>>
Tip: If using card you may wish to use a thimble for this part.
Step 5: Using a blunt needle; thread the needle with your hand embroidery thread and make a knot at the end.
Tip: If you don’t have a blunt needle you can continue with the sharp needle you were using before just be mindful not to catch yourself on it.
Step 6: Pick any hole to start with. Using your needle and thread sew through a hole from back to front. This means all the knots and sewing up at the end will be on the inside of the card and not on display.
Step 7: Once you have sewn your thread through the first hole aim to sew through the most opposite hole to the first one you have chosen. Continue to work your way around the heart going from opposite hole to opposite. You should start to get something looking like this >>>
Tip: There is no correct way of sewing the heart. The aim is to have the thread cross at different points. In the image opposite most of my threads are going diagonally – but you can do it however you like, sew horizontal or totally random the decision is yours.
As you work your way around sewing all the holes you should start to get something similar to the image opposite>
You can sew through the holes you create more than once if you desire to give a more opaque look or just sew through them the once for a more see through weave.
Step 8: Once you are happy with how your heart looks and have finished sewing make sure you end with the needle on the inside of the your card. Make a secure knot and cut off any loose ends.
Step 9: This step is optional. If you wish you can join up the outer edge by sewing the dots together.
Step 10: All that’s left to do is write a personal message to a loved one inside your card and deliver it to that special person in your life.
Please send us a picture of your crafty heart cards you have made!