We all remember thread art from school. With the premise of teaching us about angles we punched a few holes in some card and stabbed our clumsy fingertips with needles! Perhaps we were too young to appreciate it, but needless to say, things have got a little more sophisticated in the world of thread art, and it’s time for you to rediscover the craft. Here, Phillipa Smith stitches a simple heart design to get you started. We think you’ll agree it’s a lot more Pinterest than playground!
- Needle and thread
Draw out a heart shape on your chosen card. Starting at the bottom point of the heart, mark dots at 1cm intervals around the shape.
Against a thick piece of cardboard, use a needle to push through holes where the dots are.
Take a needle and thread and push through the hole at the bottom of the heart. Secure the end of the thread with tape. Take the thread to the first hole to the left of the top middle point and pull through.
Take the thread through the hole to the left of this one from the back to the front. Take the thread down and into the next hole along from your starting point, so the threads cross in the middle. Continue in this way, working anti-clockwise around the heart. When finished, secure at the back with tape and frame.