It seems like ages since I’ve worked on anything embroidery related. Once I finished up my last custom orders a few months ago, I had zero desire to pick up a needle and thread. It was by far the longest stretch I’ve ever gone with some sort of creative depression and just block. I did manage to work on a few things down in the studio, but the days of sitting and just enjoying stitching were not there.
I decided last week to finally put out into the world this redraft of an old pattern that I made early in 2017 for a custom request. She really loved the Helen Keller quote, but wanted a design with mountains; so I drafted up this pattern for her and then it just sat on my computer. She sent me a photo of her stitching (super cute), but I had no interest in going anywhere else with it.
In the end, I actually think this is a way better design than the original and it is a super pattern for beginners. It’s easy to trace, has some great stitches for beginners (backstitch, chain stitch and split stitch) and I’ve actually designed this pattern in two sizes – either for an 8-10″ hoop or a larger 10×10 square.
You can purchase your own copy here.
These kits have been such a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally be offering an option for full embroidery kits again! Just in time for Christmas, I am offering up these two very popular designs as a limited run: My Luke 2 Christmas tree pattern and the Scroll Tree pattern.
Each kit contains a pre-printed full color design on cotton fabric, all the threads you need and a needle to get started. I’ve also included an instruction page with links to how-to videos.
Both of these kits are great for beginners and advanced stitchers alike! I’ve included an option for you to purchase either a simple kit (without a hoop and buttons for the scroll tree) OR a complete kit that includes everything you need to stitch once it arrives at your door.
Coming in November to Instagram, I’ll be working through a stitch along of the Scroll Tree pattern. This pattern includes 3 basic embroidery stitches that everyone should learn and I’m excited to work through it together!
Introducing the new and updated Helen Keller pattern. I’ve loved this quote for so long and last year I drafted up a pattern that wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. After some good Adobe Illustrator lessons, I was able to update and improve this pattern and really create what I had been longing for all the time.
This is a great pattern for an advanced beginner looking to add some new stitches to their repertoire. It uses a backstitch, split stitch, stem stitch, long/short/brickstitch and more.
This pattern is available for instant download in my etsy shop.
The lovely Sarah from In the Quiet Hours stitched up a sample and I love how she modified some of the stitches and chose a different colorway. This year I am reaching out for pattern testings via Instagram. So far it’s been such a great experience and I’ve been so grateful for the comments and help they’ve provided as I seek to become a better pattern writer.
My embroidery work has slowed down a fair amount the last few months – which honestly isn’t a bad thing. It doesn’t pay as well, but it does reduce my stress so maybe it pays in a more relaxed mom. 🙂
Here’s a few things I have been working on:
A set of custom do-live-be-give hoops for a friend
I love how these turned out. We had some snafus with our thread colors, but finally we got it all worked out. These are an 8 inch version based off my smaller 6 inch hoops. She also requested a set of four (versus the original three) so we came up with “give love” which I thing is an awesome addition. I’m hoping to offer these as a pattern in 2017 with both the smaller and larger versions to choose from.
The wreath is made up of a bundle of hand dyed threads and beaded threads from Nells Embroidery which I couched down around the satin stitched and backstitched text. Nell is amazing to work with and is pretty much always my go-to when it comes to bundles of amazing threads.
I worked on a couple of custom portraits too – even trying my hand at some little pups!
and some braids with a cool hat:
And if you are looking for some holiday sewing I finally got my holiday scroll tree pattern up and in the shop. I’ve been wanting to draft this pattern for years and finally made it happen this year! This is a great pattern for beginners and advanced embroiderers alike. It has 3 types of stitches and is finished off with some fun vintage buttons as ornaments.
Last year sometime I designed this lovely pattern with Romans 12:12; lovely until I stitched it and honestly I just kept running into snags. I couldn’t get it to look the way I wanted it to. So the pattern sat for a while. This past spring I finally came up with a redesign for it and honestly it took me all summer to finally get it done. I absolutely love how it turned out.
I used the basis of the original pattern, with this lovely font that you fill in for some key words and a simple font for the rest of the text.
I stitched the black text with wool thread, which gives it a bit more texture. The rest of the text is stitched with three strands of standard DMC cotton floss in various colors.
Instead of adding embroidered flowers around the edges like I had originally designed (and failed), I decided to go for a hexagon frame. The hexies are roughly 3/4″ hexagons and mine are made from some Heather Ross fabric scraps. For each section I stitched the hexagons and then whipstitched them together. I ended up using my sewing machine to stitch each row down and I’m super happy with the result.
Right now this is a finished embroidery that you can purchase in the shop, but it’s also an instant PDF download that you can purchase and sew at home. The pattern comes with complete stitching directions, color suggestions and instructions on how to make hexagons. It’s probably more of an advanced beginner pattern for the embroidery and the hexagons…but any adventurous embroiderer could tackle it!