Embroidery doesn’t have to be on fabric, you can also
do it on paper and card to make beautiful items like greetings
cards, notebooks, table decorations and more.
A few years ago embroidering greetings cards was a popular
hobby with Holland being the main place the designs originated
from. This is a different style that is very Japanese, combining
an understated elegance with a sense of colorful fun and goes
a lot further than just cards. The book is in three sections
each in a different style by the three authors, complete with
a short interview about inspiration and background. Here you
can see all the items made up and displayed. Then comes a
section about how to do it and what you need, and finally
all the patterns. If you are familiar with the Dutch style
of making holes and sewing up and down them this is not quite
like that but more freestyle, or at least there are options
for this. The “projects” are not laid out in the
usual manner but exist as photographs in the relevant designer
sections and then the patterns with their pointers on floss
color, number of strands and stitch. Patterns are drawn in
lines not dots and there are two pages of embroidery stitches
to choose from so there is plenty of scope for customization.
The stitch diagrams are clearly drawn and easy to follow,
complete with a photograph of the finished stitches. Sweet
bags, photo frames, place name cards, stationery, party ware
and even a paper clock are some of the things you can make
as well as cards, tags and tree decorations. There are abstract
designs, names, numbers and letters, tiny motifs and messages,
suitable both for new embroiderers and those with plenty of
experience. A new twist on an old idea.
If you cannot find a good range of papercraft and embroidery
materials locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.