50 crafts in 50 weeks: Valentine’s edition

One of the other participants in the 50 crafts challenge I’m participating in recently posted photos of some beautiful cards she had made using iris folding techniques. I liked the look of them so much I decided to try making my own iris folded card, and the approach of Valentine’s Day provided a convenient excuse:

free form iris folding

I didn’t want to go too frou-frou with this card (it’s for the boyfriend), so I chose yellow paper to contrast the red instead of a more Valentine-y pink. For a first attempt, I think it’s not bad, although I failed to print off a template and instead winged it on the paper placement. I kind of like the off-kilter look though.

I dressed it up a little more by using some red laceweight yarn to stitch around the heart, and also to stitch a little message on the inside of the card:

embroidered V-day cards

I really liked how the stitching came out. In fact, I liked it so much that I made two more stitched cards, a heart and a rose:

Hearts and flowers

The rose was definitely the more time consuming one! To make it, I traced this image out onto my paper and then stitched over the tracing. For the rose, I split a two-ply fingering weight yarn into individual plies and used those for the stitching. The heart uses a bit of scrap yarn from my unraveled Samantha.

If I have time, I might make a few more cards, but the rest of my week is shaping up to be pretty full, so I’m not sure. But I think I’ll definitely be making more stitched cards in the future, they’re a great way to use up little odds and ends of yarn that are so often leftover from a knitting project!

What fun crafts are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

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