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 Little Peek of My Soon-to-be Released Vibrant Floral Embroidery Pattern

Hello, how are you doing? Spring is here in the UK which I’m very happy about. There’s a few warm days predicted next week and I’ve had more light than usual in the evenings; perfect for hand embroidering. If you embroider too, I know you’ll feel the same about that.

Our dog walks have been much more enjoyable (if you don’t count a few recent rainy days we’ve had) and I’m very much enjoying seeing everything come to life in our garden. We had birds nesting in our garden last year and I’m so thrilled to have witnessed them flying in and out of the same birdhouse again this year. Fingers crossed they nest in our garden again, as it was incredibly special witnessing it in 2020, particularly during the beginning of the pandemic when things began to felt unsettling.

In celebration of Spring, I’ve started a new hand embroidery pattern. Do you like it? This pattern has a different style to the ones I’ve worked on before and I’ve used a colour palette which was originally out of my comfort zone.

In the centre of the embroidery hoop, there’s a quote which has helped me tremendously through the last month or so. It’s only a short quote, but it had such a positive impact, I was inspired to use it within this design. I’m confident it’s going to resonate with others too and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Here’s a close up of some of the DMC embroidery thread colours I’m using, aren’t they all just beautiful together? Although I’ve been talking a lot about Spring here, these colours also remind me of Summer. They’re allowing me to dream of warm days filled with sunshine, colourful flowers and cold ice-lollies.

I’m hoping to release this pattern to my Etsy shop by the end of next week. All of my patterns are beginner friendly and come with step-by-step written and photographic instructions, colour guides, material recommendations and tips on how to get going if you are completely new to embroidery.

Once my latest pattern is live on Etsy, I’ll definitely share it with you here. In the mean time, I’m pleased to be offering a 10% discount on all of my hand embroidery patterns with the code ‘EASTER10.’ It’s the last weekend this promotion will be running, so if you have your eye on anything in particular, it’s an excellent time to buy it.

At the moment, there’s only a few embroidery patterns listed, but I’m working hard to build my range on a daily basis. If you hand embroider yourself, you’ll definitely know that hand embroidery (although incredible in its nature) is not a quick craft!

Thank you so much for reading, take care and I’ll be back very soon.

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My Brand New ‘Happy Easter’ Hand Embroidery Pattern

Hello! I hope this new post reaches you well and you are doing ok. I have some rather exciting news here, as the blog title suggests. I’ve just released a brand new beginner friendly ‘Happy Easter’ hand embroidery pattern, which is now available as an instant download in my Etsy shop; Rosefinch Studio, which you can find here.

I’m in the process of developing my hand embroidery pattern range and I’m delighted to have added this one to the mix. This particular pattern uses a number of hand embroidery stitches; reverse chain stitch, stem stitch, woven wheels, french knots, couching, split stitch, lazy daisy stitch, satin stitch, fishbone stitch and straight stitch, just to name a few! It’s the perfect pattern for any skill level, but particularly beginners who would like to learn or practice hand embroidery stitches in a fun, but (enjoyably) challenging way.

I absolutely adore all of the pastel colours associated with Easter and wanted to capture as many of these as possible in this design. The colours were so enjoyable to work with, I feel they’ve really brought the embroidery to life.

Every single one of my embroidery designs start in the form of digital drawings on ProCreate on my iPad, later to be transferred to fabric and hand embroidered. I then decide which embroidery stitches are suitable for each motif and which colours are best placed where. This can sometimes be a little trial and error, but completely worth it.

I photograph the entire embroidery process which creates the helpful content for my tutorials, and I then work hard to write the step-by-step pattern. It can be downloaded from anywhere across the world, where fellow embroiderers use the content to embroider their own hoops.

As you can imagine, there’s quite a lot of work involved in the whole process from start to finish, but it’s worth every single minute, especially when I hear lovely feedback from people who have lovingly embroidered my designs.

Most of my time has been spent embroidering, but I’ve also enjoyed a few moments of crochet alongside it. I have quite a large stash of hand dyed wool which I love to buy from independent sellers online, so I’ve been putting it to good use on this new simple, yet effective granny stripe blanket. Have you tried granny stripe before? It’s very calming; in fact, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea in your favourite mug and that audio book, television show, or podcast you’ve been meaning to catch up on.

That’s all for now, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading. I already have a new embroidery project in mind which I can’t wait to share with you soon. Take care of yourself, catch up soon.

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.

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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!