Embroidered balsa wood hangings using blank wooden plaques really stand out, and at the same time are very easy to make. They make great gifts and beautiful decorations.
For this project we used sheets of 1/8" thick and 4" wide balsa strip, self-adhesive tear-away stabilizer, wood plaque blanks, wood craft glue, a small ring hanger, and acrylic finish (optional).
You can find different wood craft blanks in craft stores. For our project we chose a rectangular blank with cut corners measuring 6 1/2" x 9 1/2".
Step 1: Out of balsa strip, cut 2 pieces measuring about 6" long. Use a rotary cutter or a very sharp craft knife.
Step 2: Hoop the self-adhesive stabilizer. Remove the paper which covers the sticky side of the stabilizer inside the hoop. Stick the pieces of balsa onto it, making sure there is no space between them.
Step 3: Embroider the design. Use 75/11 needles and embroidery rayon or polyester threads.
Step 4: After the embroidery is finished, cut away the excess stabilizer. Then, using a ruler and a roller cutter/craft knife trim the edges to the desired size. Then cut the corners to fit the shape of the wood plaque.
Step Five: Attach the hanger to the back of the wood plank.
Step Six: Apply glue to the back of the embroidered balsa. Place the balsa piece on the plaque. Leave under a weight for some time until the glue dries.
Step Seven: When the glue dries, apply acrylic finish. You can apply as many coats as you like. We used Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear Protective, Non-Yellowing Finish.