Hooked On You - Embroidery Card
Designed By Judi Kauffman
Many rubber stamps are easy to adapt as an embroidery card. At first glance,
the pen and ink fish looks complicated and not at all like something that
could be transformed with needle and thread. But the fish has very distinct
areas and it's those areas that make it easy to stitch.
In order to turn your choice of stamp into an embroidery project, stamp on
paper and analyze the stamp till you begin to understand which areas are
larger, simple shapes and which ones are smaller, but still important. Use a
highlighter or light color marker to help you choose - fill in the different
shapes and "squint" or take off your glasses so you see whether the
simplified shapes look right to you (seeing in a partially out of focus way
is very useful).
To my eye, the body of the fish is the largest area and defines the form, but
the mouth and small fins are still vital to getting the look of the fish.
For a flower it might be petals, stem and leaves that you choose. For a
figure, it might be hair, mouth, eyes and hands. And so on. Once you begin
to analyze your stamps with this kind of project in mind, you'll be able to
use them in this new way.
You can embroider any stamp a variety of ways. It's your choice which areas
would be fun to OUTLINE or FILL with thread. You can also add stitched
details over a stamped image instead of using the stamped image on the back
(as I did on this project). The fish would look great with little beads or
French knots along the back and a larger one for the eye, for example. Or if
you stamp it with a very pale color and stitch with something brighter or
darker it will give a dimensional effect.
I chose these areas to FILL:
- Curved body (main area)
- Large upper fin
- Smaller fins
I chose these areas to OUTLINE with pricked holes or running stitch:
- Curve of gill
- Outer edge of back between fin and tail
- Outer edge of belly between fins
(*I chose Kreinik Metallic #8 Fine braid to add shimmer to the fish)
- Red Castle 42440 Pen and Ink Sheet
- Sturdy Card stock
- Chenille needle or corsage pin (to poke holes)
- Needle and thread*
- Stamping inks and card stock
- Mouse pad or craft foam
- Craft glue
- Wave crimper, deckle scissors
Stamp image several times, at least once on heavy card stock. Place stamped
image on mouse pad or craft foam and practice pricking around the edges of
the portions of the design that you will stitch. (Hint: Remember the old
sewing cards you had as a child? In a sense you are making one with this
project). You will be pricking holes on the STAMPED side of the pattern, but
you will be stitching on the PLAIN side of the card (stamped image becomes
Sponge ink around the pricked pattern if desired. I used two shades of pale
blue dye ink.
Thread needle and knot end of thread as if you are sewing on a button. With
knot on back of project, come up through a hole and stitch across the area
you are filling with a long stitch (some areas are filled with angled
stitches in two directions, other areas are only filled with one set of
stitches). Repeat till each area is filled, ending with needle on back of
Each time you start and end a thread (to add more or to move to a different
area of the project) put a tiny dab of fast drying glue on the knot or tail
knot to secure the thread.
Sponge on more ink (I added purple and raspberry). Pierce more holes and
leave them unstitched to add detail. Use markers, chalk, and colored pencils
to emphasize different areas of the project.
Cut out embroidered piece and use it on a layered card as shown or add it to
a gift tag, pop-up or any other project.
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