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.
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.
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.