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!
I’ve got a new pattern in the shop and this is a great one for those of you desiring to stretch your stitching muscles and learn how to make some beautiful embroidered flowers.
The quote is from Jim Elliott who was married to Elizabeth Elliot. I think knowing their story makes these words ring even more true. Truly, wherever the Lord had placed them, I don’t doubt they were completely all there. Engaged and invested fully in the people and surroundings that they were in. I long to live with that kind of contentment and trust.
This pattern is a mix of simple embroidery backstitches for the text and some more advanced stitches like the satin stitch flower, the rope stitch for the vines and more. The downloadable PDF is enhanced with links to videos for how to do each stitch, in addition to stitch photos and descriptions. There is a complete color and stitch chart and lots of tips on how to transfer your pattern and finish your embroidery.
Grab the pattern here and happy stitching!
One of my goals this year is to start developing new patterns again. I’ve been working through the ins and outs of learning how to use Adobe InDesign and I was finally able to produce what I hope to be a new line of patterns. Each of these downloadable pdf patterns is interactive; meaning it comes with hyperlinks to recommended supplies, videos and step by step photos for different stitches and hopefully more. I’m working on adding a whole page full of how to start embroidery videos to this website at some point this year!
The first pattern I finished this year was this quote by JM Barrie from Peter Pan. It was actually a custom pattern I made for a customer early in 2015 and I’ve been wanting to stitch it myself and offer it up as a pattern since then. This is a great pattern for a beginner. The entire pattern is stitched with a backstitch and there are so many ways you can go with this. Stitching it on dark fabric to give that illusion of the night or even stitching it with dark thread on a lighter background. You can purchase your instant download here.
The second pattern that I just released last week was this quote by Helen Keller. I love these words so much and I’ve claimed them as my quote of the year! Here’s to a daring adventure! This is a great pattern for someone wanting just a little bit more of a challenge. Most of it is stitched with a backstitch, except for the tree trunks. The trunks are filled in with a brick stitch, which is a super simple stitch that gives the illusion of something more challenging. Find the Helen Keller pattern here.