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:
- Polyester thread in suitable colors
- 2 mini trays from unfinished light wood (available at local craft shops)
- Embroidery designs in cross-stitch technique
- Cutaway backing
- Thin water-soluble topping
- Temporary adhesive spray
- White craft glue (the universal one, available in most craft shops and even in Wal-Mart)
- Balsa Wood Sheets - 8" wide, at 1/16 thickness (available at http://www.specializedbalsa.com/balsa_sheets.php)
- 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.