I love making Valentine's Day cards, especially when I can combine craft techniques.This year's card uses paper and crocheted hearts. I volunteer once a week at the Ten Thousand Villages store in Raleigh, NC. We are selling a garland of hearts this month from Bangladesh which caught my attention. What if I took the hearts apart and glued them onto card stock? The paper hearts have been hand printed with a lacy design in silver ink, but I wanted to add another made-by-me handmade part to the piece. How about a thread crochet heart?
Since I am making a couple dozen cards, I wanted a heart pattern that would work up quickly. I chose blogger Lola Girl's "Mini Crochet Heart," which worked up in literally minutes. I used size 10 crochet thread and a size 4 steel crochet hook. I attached the heart to the card by threading the tails through the holes already on the paper hearts. That accomplished two benefits: (1) receivers could remove the crocheted heart and use it on something else or hang it as an ornament, and (2) no tails from me to sew in to finish off the piece!