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PCA® Easy Embroidery Template Guide

As a general guide to card embroidery using our new templates, please follow these general instructions.

You will need: Base cardstock, a PCA UniBold (or UniFine) single needle tool, perforating mat, a fine eyed needle and your choice of metallic or silky style embroidery threads, sticky tape and of course... your PCA Card Embroidery template of choice!

1. Cut cardstock to size and shape desired for project
2. Attach your template with blu-tack or similar to the cardstock FRONT, positioning exactly where you want the design to appear. Being completely clear, you will have no problem seeing where to place the template.
3. Place card and template on perforating mat, face up. Using PCA UniBold (or UniFine if you want extra small holes which many people find desirable, I personally prefer Bold but it's optional!) perforate all of the holes that are needed to complete the design. Most designs are able to be manipulated to be a row of design, a corner or a full design making a frame for a whole card by moving template around to repeat pattern repeats where needed. Remove card from template and set aside.
4. Cut a length of thread about 18 inches long to work with. Don't use too long a thread length or it will tend to get knotty and fray. Then tape the end of the thread to your card back.
5. Keep tension on thread as you stitch as per template instructions, to stop the thread spans from looking loose or sloppy on the front... but not TOO tight or you will bend the card beneath!
6. To save thread, try to go to the next nearest hole from the back as you go, rather than spanning too far across to another hole. It is desirable to keep the back as neat as you can to keep down bulk/lumpiness when you attach the stitched design to another piece of cardstock to conceal the work on the back.
If you want to add beads to any closely set hole spans for extra dimension, you most certainly can! You simply bring the thread up from the back and thread on the bead(s) to your needle, slide down to card and reintroduce the thread to the back of the card.
7. When you need to change threads, simply cut away the excess and tape to the back of card as you did at the beginning. This is also how to finish final stitching too.

Always bear in mind colour theory when you use threads, use contrast when you want to see the design strikingly but sometimes it is nice to actually make the thread almost a tone on tone colour to make your other design elements the key visual feature and your stitching just a subtle addition.

You can mix and match all of our designs and templates as you please. Also try making the rest of a parchment craft card with embossing etc and then attach the parchment vellum to cardstock and perforate card embroidery design as above through BOTH layers and that way you can introduce an embroidered element to your parchment craft that would not be possible normally due to the transparent nature of parchment paper (vellum). Likewise... you can do the same with patterned parchment paper or create your own patterning first with rubber stamps and attach to cardstock and carry on. That way you can have the best of BOTH worlds!

Card embroidery can be incredibly versatile... don't dismiss it thinking that you are not a "sewing" type of person. You can add little elements that take a short amount of time and really jazz up your work in an unexpected way. Plus... it really IS fun! GOOD LUCK...