I have wanted to do some string art for one of my mindfulness cards. Traditionally, string art involves using nails to anchor the string. In the setting of altered art, I usually use mini brads to anchor my string designs. When I started exploring the idea of sacred geometry, I found this string art pattern for a chambered nautilus. Since our mindfulness cards are only 4 x 6, the format is a bit small to use brads in place of the traditional nails for string art. That's when I decided I would just "embroider" the nautilus pattern onto my cards.
Here, I used 140 lb. watercolor paper for my substrate. I scaled the pattern down to fit the 4 x 6 card and ran it off onto cardstock. I laid the pattern over my card and used an awl to poke holes into the card. I then chose gold metallic thread to "sew" my nautilus design.
In the beginning, it took me awhile to figure out the sewing pattern (plus my thread kept getting tangled!) Once I was familiar with the sequence, the other cards were faster to make. It still took about two hours to make each card, but the process was quite relaxing.