If you want to try stitching cards, start with a simple shape. Once you get started, there is no end to how complex your designs can be. It is a quick project – you could make a bunch in an evening. It is also a great project for kids. This is not an exact pattern, but guidelines to play with. Try different combinations and see what you come up with.
Draw your design on scrap paper or card stock, and then mark your stitch holes. I did a circle and divided it into sections to make my holes equally spaced. You could just eyeball it if you want. Line up the design on the card. If you have trouble holding it in place with your hands, you could use paper clips to hold it.
Before removing the pattern, hold it to a light to make sure you didn’t miss any holes. Here it is, ready to go.
Thread a blunt needle, like those used for cross stitch. It doesn’t need to be sharp because you don’t have to poke a hole in fabric. You can use any thread or embroidery floss you want. I liked the weight of three strands of floss, but thicker and thinner get different looks. You can also play with colour and variegated threads. This would be a good project if you have an old box of floss sitting around somewhere.
When the needle is threaded, come up in a random spot. You don’t need a knot; catch the end of the thread and hold it down with tape. From the front, go across the circle and into a random hole. The closer your two points are, the more open your finished design will be.
Have fun playing with this. It’s a great way to try hand work without getting bogged down in a long term project.