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How To Embroider On Wood - Supplies & Tips

Since we already know at least one great reason Why to embroider on Balsa wood, let's get straight to the How-To part. But first - take a look how our embroidered trays look:


Supplies & Tools:

  1. Polyester thread in suitable colors
  2. 2 mini trays from unfinished light wood (available at local craft shops)
  3. Embroidery designs in cross-stitch technique
  4. Cutaway backing
  5. Thin water-soluble topping
  6. Temporary adhesive spray
  7. White craft glue (the universal one, available in most craft shops and even in Wal-Mart)
  8. Balsa Wood Sheets - 8" wide, at 1/16 thickness (available at
  9. Rotary cutter (available in most craft shops)

Warnings & Tips:

1. When you select Balsa wood, make sure it's thickness is 1/16. Lighter Balsa falls apart and isn't good for embroidery. And too heavy sheets may be just too heavy. Pay attention that the sheets are homogenous and of appropriate size - to fit your project AND the inside part of your largest hoop.

2. When you select embroidery design, make sure it's a loose one. Machine cross-stitch designs in 14 count are perfect. 16 count is also good, but 14 is better. On our photos the pears are in 16 count and peaches - in 14 count. Avoid designs with straight edges / frames, especially when these edges are in the same direction of wood growth. If you do this, the embroidered design will be "cut out" of the wood.


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