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Making Embroidered Postcard from Heavyweight Mulberry Paper

Things You'll Need

  • Embroidery Designs
  • Machine Embroidery Thread
  • Heavy Mulberry paper
  • Fusible (Heat-Away) or cutaway backing
  • To make this postcard, we've used really heavy Mulberry paper, fusible backing and rosebud design from Roses Allure set from www.ABC-embroidery-designs.com.
    Step 1

    Fold the green Mulberry paper in half (it will be the basis of our postcard). Then take the offwhite piece of caper, and draw a rectangle on it. It's size should be approximately 1 inch smaller from each side, than the green postcard front. And of course, it must be larger than your embroidery design. When you've drawn the rectangle, mark it's center, and carefully tear the edges, using a ruler. They must be torn away, and NOT cut away, for beauty. Like on our photo:

  • Step 2

    Carefully hoop a piece of embroidery backing. We've used fusible because our paper was quite thick. For thinner paper, be sure to use regular cutaway, because fusible can create "fat stains" on the paper. Draw aligning lines on backing, using special marks on your hoop. Then, apply spray adhesive on stabilizer, and stick the mulberry paper on it, making sure that the marks on paper and backing match.

  • Step 3

    Embroider perfectly centered design on perfectly hooped and centered piece of Mulberry paper. Be sure that your design is not exceptionally dense..

  • Step 4

    When the design is finished, remove the backing from hoop, and carefully cut it's edges away. Avoid tearing, because you may damage the paper. If you've used fusible backing - you may also remove it almost absolutely, using an iron. Just be sure to use an old iron you don't use for clothes, because in may get a bit dirty.

  • Step 5

    Stick embroidered postcard front to the green basis, using craft glue. You may add various decorations, if you want

Tips & Warnings

  • Roses Designs
  • Machine Embroidery Thread
  • Heavy Mulberry paper
  • Fusible (Heat-Away) or cutaway backing
  • NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use a STEAM iron with fusible stabilizer. The stabilizer will melt and ruin your fabric.

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