Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Valentine Cards

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!


Madtatter80 said...

I like this idea and the no tails thing is perfect. I need to make 15 hearts I am thinking and wanted to tat some but time is growing short. I only have 3 done and messed up 2 experimental tatting ones. I want to put them on something like you did but not sure if I want to do those pincushions again :)

CarolynK said...

I also thought about making tatted hearts for Valentine's cards (and have done so in the past), but crocheted are SO much faster to turn out. These took only a 3-4 minutes (and no winding of shuttles needed), so that's what I went with this year.