Embroidery

My Latest ‘One Day at a Time’ Hand Embroidery Pattern

Hello! How are you doing? Did you happen to see my last blog post? If so, you’ll know that I shared a little snippet of my latest hand embroidery pattern & tutorial whilst I was working hard to finish it. Well, I’m pleased to tell you it’s done and it’s now listed on my Etsy store as an instant download, yay!

I know I say this about all of the hoops I make, but this one really was a labour of love. I saw the quote ‘One day at a time’ several months ago online and it really resonated with me as an anxiety sufferer. I knew I had to make it into a gorgeous design and release it as a pattern, as I’m sure there are lots of embroiderers out there who will love stitching it and may also find comfort in the words.

Here’s a closer look. I’m definitely tempted to embroider similar quotes which will give me more opportunity to experiment with embroidered text. This is the third hoop I’ve experimented with embroidered typography and it’s quite a skill to master. I think my most favourite part of the hoop though was the pale green leaves. I used fishbone stitch for the leaves and I find it to be such a therapeutic stitch.

It’s only a short post today, but I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my latest work. Have you discovered any quotes recently that have helped you? Leave a comment below and let me know, I’d love to read them. It may just give me some inspiration for my next design.

Bye for now, take care.

Embroidery

A Cold Winter’s Day Calls For Spring Themed Stitching

Hello, how are you doing? Such a simple question I know, but so difficult for many of us, including myself, to answer right now. The weather in Somerset has been absolutely freezing recently, and with a broken boiler and a very cold house, I felt like I needed something cheerful to work on.

I’m aware it’s still very much Winter in the UK, but I absolutely love Spring and I’m feeling so ready for it. I’m looking forward to milder dog walks, new growth in the garden, chocolates over Easter and lighter evenings. Spring is providing me with a sense of hope right now, so this project felt perfect for me and I’m so happy I’ve finished it. What do you think?

This is what our lounge coffee table looked like last weekend as I was working hard to complete the hoop. I am a subscriber to Love Embroidery Magazine and used one of the transfer papers from a 2020 issue I’d saved.

As you may know, I design and sell my own downloadable embroidery patterns and am in the process of growing my Etsy range, but from time to time, I love the convenience of working on a pre-designed pattern, particularly when my energy levels are feeling lower than normal. It’s also great to support other embroidery artists; there’s an amazing array of patterns out there.

I did amend the colours and some of the specified stitches. I wanted to practice chain stitching, which was the stitch used for the ‘Hello’ part of the text and wanted the colours to be as ‘Spring like’ as possible.

I also started designing this citrus themed embroidery pattern here a few weeks ago, which reminded me of an amazing holiday we had in beautiful Lindos, Greece in 2019. I’ve popped this one away for now as I feel the composition needs some improvement and a fresh pair of eyes will help. There are aspects of it that I really love though, especially the textures of the lemon and the little orange circles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini update and I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks, so please do keep your eyes peeled. In the mean time, take good care of yourself and have a lovely weekend. Here’s a picture of Mabel, one of our miniature poodles, I hope it will make you smile.