Embroidery

My First Ever Embroidery Pattern is Officially Released

Hello and happy Friday! You may have seen my earlier post back in August of this year, when I announced that I’d just started embroidering again. Well, fast forward three months and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just released my first ever embroidery pattern for sale on Etsy. How amazing is that?!

I’m not entirely new to embroidery, but prior to August, I hadn’t picked up a sewing needle in at least 8 years. I realised I had some serious relearning to do, so I’ve spent the last few months refreshing my skills and picking up some brand new ones along the way.

I’ve always loved Christmas, so I knew I’d get lots of enjoyment out of designing something festive, and I was totally right. I just absolutely LOVED working on this piece. Christmas was also a very helpful deadline for me to set, as I knew I wanted to release the pattern before December, to give fellow makers enough time to stitch the pattern before Christmas Day. This short deadline definitely kept me focussed and motivated, even if it did involve quite a few late nights and Sunday afternoons on the computer!

To begin with, I used ProCreate on my iPad to draw the black and white pattern, which was later transferred onto my fabric and embroidered. Although I didn’t take as many progress shots whilst embroidering as I’d have liked, I documented all of the thread colours, materials and embroidery stitches used for each section. This made the pattern writing slightly easier, even though it was still a very enjoyable (but lengthy) process.

The pattern I produced is 17 pages long and covers; materials and methods for getting started – such as transferring the design onto fabric and preparing your needle, thread and hoop correctly, the printable pattern itself, a stitch key, thread colour guide and 2 pages of ‘need-to-know’ embroidery stitch diagrams. The remaining sections feature a step-by-step pattern guide with photographs and a helpful tutorial for finishing your embroidery hoop.

I’ve followed quite a few embroidery (and crochet) patterns over the past few years and have made some fabulous items from them that will be treasured forever. But most importantly in terms of pattern writing, they’ve taught me what I like and dislike about patterns in general, which has helped me greatly throughout this process.

Rediscovering my love of embroidery during such a turbulent year (in terms of the global pandemic) has been one of the greatest positives for me. It’s given me something special to focus on and is helping to slowly re-build my design confidence. Not every piece of embroidery I’ve created since August has worked out, and thats ok – mistakes are amazing for learning, but the pieces which have gone to plan have made me feel extremely proud.

It’s my hope that anyone buying this pattern, experiences the same level of joy, hope and excitement that embroidery brings to me, especially at a time when those feelings can be hard to find.

You may be wondering if you need any prior embroidery experience before purchasing my pattern. The simple answer is, no! My pattern is extensive and should provide you with enough information to start and finish the project without any stress.

As it’s Black Friday today, I’m offering a 15% discount off of the price of this pattern, which will be automatically applied at checkout on Etsy. This discount is running until Sunday 29th November 2020, so if you’re looking for a Christmas hand embroidery pattern, pop over to my shop and download it, I know you’ll enjoy it!

Oh and before I go, I’d just like to say, please keep your eyes peeled for more patterns, which will be coming soon! I’m currently working on another festive pattern which you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram. Come and say hello there and follow my journey, I’d love to hear from you.

Take care!

Embroidery

Autumnal Stitching Makes My Heart Smile

In my last post I excitedly shared that I was working on a new Autumnal embroidery project. Well, here it is, yay! It’s been at least eight years since I’ve invested a reasonable amount of time on hand embroidery, so over the past couple of months, I’ve been slowly but steadily relearning everything I’ve forgotten along the way. I’ve also learnt some brand new stitches in the process, so I’m giving myself a large pat on the back as I type!

YouTube has been tremendously helpful and there is such an amazing array of inspirational embroidery books out there now – something that was perhaps lacking when I first started embroidering previously.

This particular piece is my own design – it’s been brought to life from an autumnal illustration I designed last year. I love seeing the illustration in a new form and I’m definitely going to be designing more. I’m going to share my creative process with you all soon, from the initial drawing and designing stage to the final stitching and finishing, so keep your eyes peeled for a future post.

In the mean time, please come over to Instagram to catch some sneaky peeks of my day-to-day progress. I wish you all well and I hope this post has given you some cosy, autumnal feels. Time to pop the kettle on?

Embroidery · In My Studio

A New Embroidery Journey

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I have some rather exciting news to share with you – I’ve just started embroidering again, yay! I’m so excited to share my makes with you over the next few months both here and over on Instagram.

The majority of my work over the past few years has been focussed on developing my illustrated greetings cards and art print ranges over on Notonthehighstreet and Etsy. However, I’ve been really keen to start embroidering again, with the initial aim of developing a new range of embroidery patterns to sell.

Once established, I’d love to work on my own embroidery pattern book and have some of my own embroidery designs featured in UK craft magazines. Doesn’t this just sound like the absolute dream?!?

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I’m not entirely new to the world of embroidery. I studied for a Textile Design degree at Chelsea College of Art & Design many moons ago, where I specialised in printed textiles.

While studying, I took an evening embroidery class at Central Saint Martins – I know how to have fun as a student! The course was a great introduction to the world of hand embroidery and I used the skills learnt to develop my collection of printed and embroidered handbags for my final collection, showcased in my 2012 degree show.

Since then, I hadn’t picked up any sewing needles, so it’s wonderful to be getting back into it again. For the design pictured above, which reads, ‘enjoy today,’ I used a gorgeous pattern from the ‘Thread Folk’ book by Libby Moore, which I will link to here.

This isn’t a sponsored post, I purchased the book independently – I just want you to know how amazing it is. It has some beautiful patterns inside and is an absolute inspiration to any new, keen embroiderers out there!

I really enjoyed the pattern and I customised the colours to suit my own style. Within the past couple of days, I’ve started another embroidery hoop design, this time using my own pattern. I’ll share it with you soon, so please keep your eyes peeled.

I won’t give too much away, but I will say that if you love Autumn, you’ll very much enjoy seeing it!