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Our tearaway sheets, unlike similar products, provide extra stabilization for the fabrics you choose and are able to withstand the repeated perforations of any project. Sewartsy stabilizer backing tears easily and cleanly in either direction with minimal effort and without distorting the embroidery.

Our stabilizer backing is perfect for projects such as jackets, woven materials with light to medium stitch counts as well as denims, linens, and broadcloth. It is heavy enough to keep embroidery from puckering on t-shirts when using it with no-show mesh.

If you’re trying to decide on quality embroidery supplies and you value your finished product, you’ll want to use the best stabilizer backing available to you. That’s where ‘Sew Artsy’ comes in! You won’t be disappointed.

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Kashan Crewel Kit – Give-Away!

Good morning and a happy Friday all around!

Since we’re moving towards the beginning of September and autumn here in the northern hemisphere, it seems to me like a great time to think ahead to cooler weather and crewel embroidery.

For some reason, I always classify crewel work as a cool-weather pursuit!

Courtesy of Wooly Thread, which is a terrific US source for Appleton wool, wool felt, and Other Things Wooly, it’s time for a crewel embroidery kit give-away!

The kit is called Kashan. Designed by Anne at Talliaferro Classic Needleart, Kashan is exclusively available through Wooly Thread, where you can find the whole kit (instructional packet, linen and threads) in two thread offerings – Appleton wools or Cascade House wools – or you can purchase just the instructions, or just the instructions and the wool… whatever configuration of the kit you’d like.

Kashan Crewel Embroidery Kit

I’ve reviewed several Talliaferro designs here on Needle ‘n Thread. If you’d like to see just how thorough the instructions are in these designs, you can take a look at my review of the Royal Persian Blossom kit, or La Serenissima, both of which will give you a close-up look at the instructional booklets for Talliaferro designs.

Unlike previous Talliaferro designs, though, Kashan is a smaller project – under 10″ – but it is just as exuberant as the rest of them! There’s a lot of life in these crewel projects, just waiting to be released in color with wool threads as you stitch them up!

Today’s give-away includes the instructional packet for Kashan, Strathaven linen for the ground fabric, and Cascade House threads.

The project is suitable for beginners to crewel work and beyond, since the instructions are so thorough. I wouldn’t classify it as suitable to absolute beginners to hand embroidery, though. As long as you have some experience with stitching and transferring designs, along with a desire to indulge in some lively crewel embroidery, you’re good!

Give-Away Guidelines

If you’d like to join in on today’s give-away, please use the follow guidelines to join up!

1. Leave a comment below, on today’s article on Needle ‘n Thread. You can follow this link directly to the comment form. Comments sent in via email or left on other articles on Needle ‘n Thread are not eligible.

2. In your comment, answer the following question:

What type of embroidery do you like best and why? (i.e. Do you love crewel work, whitework, general surface embroidery, goldwork, cross stitch… and so forth)

3. On the comment form in the “name” line or at the end of your comment, please include a recognizable name that won’t be confused too easily with similar names. For example, if your name is Sue, you might include your last initial or where you live (ex: Sue Z, or Sue in Syracuse). This helps avoid confusion when the winner is announced.

4. Comments must be submitted before 5:00 am, Monday, September 5 (Central Time – I’m in Kansas!), and the winner will be announced that day. The winner will need to contact me with mailing information, so please keep an eye out for the announcement, in case it’s you!

If you’d like to take a look at the different levels of Kashan kit offerings on Wooly Thread here. Remember, today’s give-away includes everything you need to complete the project, except needles, a hoop, and some scissors.

So, if you’re hankering for a bright and lively crewel embroidery kit, join in the fun! Who knows? By the time mid-September gets here, you could be stitching away on your own Kashan embroidery kit!

Good luck!

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Friday Instagram Finds No. 67 with Kristin Axtman

Good morning! It’s Amy, back with our 67th edition of Friday Instagram Finds. Today we are featuring @kristinaxtman.
Kristin Axtman is the owner of Brooklyn Haberdashery. She’s a stitcher, printer, and urban homesteader – she leads a fun and creative life that you can see on her Instagram feed. I love how she includes her printmaking with embroidery.
Getting there 🤔, but needs a few more stitches ➰ before I’m ready to say it’s done. #wip #doitfortheprocessA photo posted by Kristin, Brooklyn Haberdashery (@kristinaxtman) on Aug 4, 2016 at 5:12pm PDT I’ve so enjoyed the process of stitching ➰ #patchwork inspired by #japaneseboro that I made swatch packs of vintage Japanese 🇯🇵 fabric so you can stitch some, too! Available soon in the shop, which launches 🚀 at the end of August. Follow the link in the profile if you want to be the first notified (and the first to shop) of the opening. #kasuri #aizome #iamcreative #creativelife #creativeliving #wemakecollective #fabriclove #textileartA photo posted by Kristin, Brooklyn Haberdashery (@kristinaxtman) on Aug 20, 2016 at 2:34pm PDT Stitching the colors of the trees 💚 and sky 💙 here in Vermont. Our rustic cabin + hours and hours of free time = ➰➰➰!A photo posted by Kristin, Brooklyn Haberdashery (@kristinaxtman) on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:00pm PDT
You can find more information about Kristin on her website Brooklyn Haberdashery and on Instagram at @kristinaxtman.
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Hairy Edges, Knobby Bits, & the Back of the Hoop

The floral voided monogram that we looked at last week in its Almost-Finished stage is now finished. The embroidery is done. I refuse to put in One More Stitch!

It’s not that I don’t want to put in more stitches, but that’s the problem with this type of embroidery adventure. It might never end. There’s always One More Place you could add One More Stitch!

At some point, you have to draw the line and declare the thing complete.

And so, I declare The Thing Complete.

(I think.)

Voided Floral Themed Monogram - Finished

When we looked at the piece the last time, you could see by the final photo in the previous article that, although the background was pretty well filled with lots of color and lots of embroidery stitches, the edges were still a bit jagged and uneven.

My job this week was to take care of that problem – to complete the edges and give the piece a nice, smooth, balanced edge all around.

This is pretty easy to do!

Three Tips for an Easier, Frustration-Free Stitching Experience

But before we get into the edge, for those of you who want to stitch something similar, I’d like to pass on a few tips to help you embroider more comfortably, more easily and with less frustration:

1. Consider adding an “area outline” to whatever voided thing (be it a monogram or any other silhouette) you’re going to embroider. For example, with this monogram, I should have included a circle around the monogram as part of the design transfer. Situating the monogram directly in the center of the circle, it would guarantee that the whole piece came out even and that I had a defined edge to work towards.

In this case, I just used the hoop as my edge. But this can be problematic, which brings me to the next tip:

2. Use a hoop that’s at least half an inch larger than your design all around (so, at least an inch larger than the outline) – or even a whole inch all around! This will give you much more room on the back of the piece to manipulate your needle when you’re ending threads. It will also make it easier to stitch right up to the edge of your design area.

I didn’t do that on this piece – I made the four inch hoop the “outline” of my design. But as you probably know, it’s really difficult to manipulate a needle right next to the edge of your embroidery hoop on the back when you’re ending threads. (A curved needle can help you out if you get in a tight spot, though!)

3. If you’re planning on densely stitching the entire background (as I did here), don’t hesitate to go “overboard” with the larger stitched elements – more large flowers, more larger leaves, more heavy vines. You can work larger elements right next to each other, too. And they don’t have to be perfectly evenly distributed. More larger elements will save you from stitching lots of tiny elements to fill in! At the same time, though, you don’t want to leave some space for the tiny elements, because they add a lot to the whole look.

Evening Up the Edges

My method of smoothing out and evening up the edges on this voided monogram was pretty simple: it’s called Straight Stitch, the easiest stitch in the world.

Voided Floral Themed Monogram - Finished

After filling in the larger leftover spaces in the background with floral elements – tiny straight stitch flowers, clusters of French knots, some small to medium-sized daisy stitch flowers – I worked my way around the very edge of the embroidery and right up to the edge of the hoop, stitching tiny random straight stitches in bright green, radiating out in different directions from whatever embroidered elements were close to the edge.

Voided Floral Themed Monogram - Finished

This gave the edge a somewhat hairy look, when viewing it up close.

But from even just a little farther away, it brings the design right out to a clean edge.

Voided Floral Themed Monogram - Finished

While I was working around the edge, putting in the hairy bits of green, I also worked in tiny green French knots in the design areas, wherever there were blank areas that were very noticeable.

You’ll find a lot of green scattered in this piece. I like to think of it as grass!

Voided Floral Themed Monogram - Finished

In addition to the hairy green edge, I added more knobby bits using French knots, working them over the green and among the green, to bring the color out the edge, too.

Finishing the design out to the edge, then, was pretty easy. Just straight stitches and a few extra French knots thrown in for color!

The Back of the Hoop

And now, for those of you who are morbidly curious about the back…

I remember my aunt always insisting on an absolutely perfect back, when she was showing me how to cross stitch when I was little. I really hated cross stitch at the time, and I contend it’s because I had to keep checking the back of the work, taking stitches out to make sure all the stitches on the back were perfect, too.

It sounds nice. It sounds like “expert embroidery” when the back looks as good as the front. But really, does it matter?

I say it doesn’t. I’ve seen the backs of gloriously embroidered old pieces of embroidery (like this 16th century piece, or this ecclesiastical piece), and the backs are not that impressive. And yet, these are professionally worked pieces of embroidery.

Granted, you wouldn’t want a huge knotty mess on the back, that would make the front bulge in an unseemly way.

But other than that, don’t stress over the backside of your embroidery! Over-emphasis on the back of the embroidery, in my mind, is just a recipe for discouragement.

Still, to satisfy the curiosity of the many people who wrote asking to see the back of the embroidery, I certainly don’t mind showing it to you.

And then I’m going to share a Shocking and Scandalous secret with you!

Voided Floral Themed Monogram - Finished

There’s the back.

It looks like a collective bunch of stitchy garbage. But that’s ok! Because no one is ever going to look at this piece – which will be in a small frame – and say, “I need to take that out of the frame and check the back. Only then will I know if it was embroidered well.”

A Shocking Secret

But here’s my shocking and scandalous secret: I even used knots in my thread.

I know! Shock, horror!

On a piece like this, a small knot on the end of the thread is going to make Absolutely No Difference At All Whatsoever on the front of the work. The front is so encrusted with stitching, that there’s no chance that a tiny bump from a tiny knot could ever be discerned on the front.

There are types of embroidery where I don’t use knots. But on stuff like this, it’s easy and quick to use a knot, and it won’t make any difference in the long run.

Pretty scandalous, eh?

And so, there you have it – the finished voided A in a floral theme!

I hope you enjoyed this mini-journey and that you try your hand at embroidering a voided monogram – or any shape you want – with this method of filling the background. It’s fun, it’s creatively satisfying, it’s colorful, it’s relaxing. It’s everything you could want an embroidery project to be.

Previous Articles on This Project

You can find the previous articles relating to this project here:

Embroidering a Voided Floral Themed Monogram – information on threads, fabric, design transfer, and first stitches.

A is for Almost Finished – information on other stitches used and filling up the piece.

If you’re looking for the monogram alphabet I used for this letter, you’ll find it in my Favorite Monograms e-book.

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Stitchy Snippets – Susie Vickery


Susie Vickery’s textile art incorporates a unique blend of hand embroidery, machine embroidery, collage and animation. Her work is illustrative and often holds a story.

Crow 2 – Watch the animation here.

Vickery is inspired by her work with communities on rural and refugee development projects in Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar and India and she ‘draws on issues of iconography, identity, gender and Asian art’.

Baby Krishna – ICONS OF THE ORDINARY & EVERYDEITIES

Initially working as a costumier in film and TV for more than twenty years, Vickery’s needlework skill is fundamental to her work.

ON THE MELANCHOLY OF TAILORS

My favourite piece is from the ‘Sweatshops’ collection and it’s a row of animated machinists. Cotton reels and rulers are used to create the models. The piece is so beautifully crafted and it presents such a powerful message.


Please visit Susie Vickery’s website to find out more about her work.

Needlework Sales & Stuff!

Today, just a quick note to let you know about some rare needlework sales and some new kits out there on the market, before the opportunities pass!

These are bits from the small needlework businesses that advertise here on Needle ‘n Thread – supporting them helps support the website, so I like to give a little yelp now and then to bring you attention to the good stuff going on at their businesses.

All of the advertisers here on Needle ‘n Thread are small, quality, needlework-related businesses with good reputations, great products, excellent customer service – so if you haven’t had a chance to become familiar with them, please do! They’re terrific resources for the embroidery enthusiast.

Hedgehog Handworks Shipping Sale

First up, Hedgehog Handworks is having their yearly shipping sale!

For those of you who live in the boonies (like I do!) and don’t have a local needlework shop nearby, you know what it’s like: we have to rely on the internet for supplies, and, to get them, we have to pay that shipping price tag. It’s always nice to get a break!

The way it works with Hedgehog’s shipping sale is this: free shipping for domestic orders (USA) and half price shipping for international orders. That’s a pretty good deal!

Some things you might like at Hedgehog: threads (they have the full range of floche in small put-ups that are quite affordable; they also have beautiful silks, goldwork threads, coton a broder, wools…); embroidery linen (this is my go-to place for linen – especially Alba Maxima, shadow work linen, linen cambric, and ecclesiastical linen); embroidery tools (tambour hooks, some hoops including sit-on hoops, scissors, and so forth); books, and lots, lots more!

New & Gorgeous Embroidery Kits

The French Needle is stocking some beautiful new embroidery kits!

New Kits at French Needle

The French Needle is stocking some beautiful new embroidery kits!

One of the stars among these new kits is the metalwork feather pictured above. The kit, reasonably priced at $39, contains everything you need to complete the project. I haven’t personally seen the instructions, but it is listed as suitable for all skill levels. I love it! I love the subtle shades!

There are a few Canevase Folies kits listed as well. If you’re not familiar with these pieces, they’re almost like surface embroidery samplers because they incorporate a good variety of stitches. They’re usually a botanical-related image. This Flight of the Butterflies is a new one, and a good example of the style. The kits include the specialty threads called for, but not the standard DMC floss. Also, the instructions are somewhat minimal – a good stitch dictionary (or my how-to videos) would be good to have on hand for reference.

Scandinavian Embroidery Kits on Sale

Nordic Needle has a fun sale going on, for stitchers looking for something folksy and Scandinavian to stitch.

Nordic Needle Anette Eriksson Kits on Sale

They’ve got a whole collection of Anette Eriksson kits on sale, including both (pre-stamped) embroidery kits and cross stitch kits. The kits make up into really cute cushions with a Scandinavian flare. I think they’re adorable! I’ve not tried them myself, but they look like a lot of fun! I think they’re the kind of kits that, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

You can find the Anette Eriksson kits that are on sale here.

They also have a really pretty canvaswork project in “club” form starting up this fall. Cheery design with nice colors! It looks like a fun way to get into canvaswork!

And that, my friends, is your Monday list of Exciting Sales and Stuff!

I know, I know. It’s temptation. But for those of you looking for stuff to stitch, it’s always good to know what’s out there – and it’s even better to know when things are on sale!

Have a terrific Monday!

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The Jade Dragon – An Embroidery Kit from Roseworks

Continuing on with our recent exploits into embroidery kits from designers who sell their own kits, today I want to show you a kit for an Absolutely Fantastic Dragon!

Jade Dragon hails from Roseworks Embroidery Designs in South Africa, the work of designer and embroiderer Colleen Goy, who has produced a prolific amount of embroidery kits suitable for all tastes and levels. Roseworks has been producing embroidery kits for a long while, and they have over 100 designs available in kit form now!

Let me introduce you to Jade Dragon, up close and personal. I’ll share with you all the pertinent details of the kit, chat a bit about the level of embroidery, and share information on where you can find it.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

When I first saw this kit, I thought, “Wow, that dragon is pretty incredible!”

And I thought of all of the embroiderers I know who like the world of fairy tales, fantasy, dragons and the like. If you fall into that category, this kit is definitely for you!

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

Jade Dragon is a riot of color, stitches, and textures.

The suggested threads for the kit include cotton floss, perle cottons, metallics and rayons.

The piece can be embroidered either on a silk or a cotton ground fabric. For the nominal difference in price, on something like this, I’d go with the silk, and I’d back it with a good cotton muslin.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

Most of the stitches involved in Jade Dragon are simple stitches to learn – buttonhole, chain, stem, split stitch, raised chain and stem, and the like.

But even though the stitches are pretty simple, I wouldn’t suggest this particular piece for a beginner. I’d say a determined intermediate embroiderer could undertake it successfully, if really determined. Otherwise, I’d put it at the advanced level.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

The kit includes the pre-printed fabric (you can choose silk or cotton), a photo of the finished piece, and all the instructions for stitching it as shown in the finished photo.

There are no threads (or needles) included in the kit.

This works out well for the embroiderer who likes to choose colors. For those who want to work the same color scheme, no worries – there’s an extensive thread list included.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

The silk version of the kit is a very light rosy-gold silk dupioni. It’s silk screened with the design, in a fine, easy to cover line.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

The instructions for Jade Dragon are mostly written instructions, which is one reason I’d recommend it for determined intermediate and beyond.

You definitely need to know how to read and interpret stitching instructions. Occasionally, there are small drawn diagrams that help clarify the written instructions.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

You’ll find clear stitch diagrams for all the embroidery stitches used in the project.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

The instructions include a clear layout of every part of the dragon, with stitches and colors for each area marked out.

Think of this as a kind of “paint by number” map, so that you can see what goes where, according to the designer’s original concept for the dragon.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

The thread list (remember, the kit does not include threads) is fairly extensive, and it includes House of Embroidery threads, Raj Mahal Art Silk threads (they’re rayon, not silk), DMC stranded cotton, and DMC Satin (also rayon). There are also a few metallics.

All the threads can be substituted. You could use EdMar rayons, for example, instead of DMC or Raj Mahal. You could substitute your favorite colorways of overdyed perle cottons for the House of Embroidery Threads, and you can substitute Kreinik metallics for the Madeira metallics.

But I think for substituted threads to work together well, you definitely need to have a good sense of color and a knowledge of texture and thread sizes, to make good choices in substitutions – which is another reason why I’d rank this as a determined intermediate to advanced level kit.

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

Here’s the selection of suggested DMC floss colors…

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

…and these are the House of Embroidery perle cottons used in the design…

Jade Dragon Kit from Roseworks

…and these are the specialty threads called for (rayons and metallics).

The design also calls for a little flower shaped bead in iridescent jewel tones, for the eye of the dragon.

Pros and Cons

The pros:

Nicely pre-printed fabric, which is always a pro in my book!

The instructions are clear and understandable, especially for intermediate or advanced embroiderers.

The design is fantastic, and so are the color and stitches choices!

For those who like to choose their own threads and colors, threads are not included, so you aren’t burdened with that extra expense.

The cost is quite reasonable, especially with today’s currency conversion rates.

The cons:

If you’re used to step-by-step instructions, you might find the instructions hard to follow.

For those who like all their threads gathered in one place so they don’t have to hunt them down, threads are not included, so that might be problematic.

Where to Find It

You can find the Jade Dragon kit (with a choice of a silk or a cotton ground fabric) at Roseworks, right on the home page.

The kit, which does not include thread or needles, but does include the pre-printed fabric and all the instructions, is priced in South African Rands, so you’ll need to do the currency conversion for your own country to determine the cost of the kit.

For US readers, with the today’s currency conversion rates, the cost ranges from $11.83 to $13.68, depending on whether you opt for cotton or silk, which is quite reasonable. I’m not sure what the shipping rates are on just the one kit.

For ordering, you submit your information and they contact you via email with the invoice for payment.

So, that’s the Jade Dragon! For all you dragon-lovers out there, it’s a pretty wonderful design!

I can’t help thinking what he might look like in reds… I think I’d like him sort of Welsh-ish!

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Friday Instagram Finds No. 66 featuring Lady Scrib


Good morning – today’s post is brought to you by floresita, as Amy is recovering from a bug! Today we are featuring @lady_scrib on Instagram.

Lady Scrib Design & Embroidery is the brainchild of Kassie Scribner, a designer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am loving the creativity of her style, her use of bright, happy colors, and the beautiful detailed quality of her stitching, especially on lettering, which can be so hard to do.





Beautiful work, Kassie, and get well soon, Amy! You can find more of Kassie’s work on her site, Lady Scrib Design & Embroidery and on Instagram @lady_scrib.

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Remember that Embroidered Kaleidoscope?

A few weeks ago, I shared with you some progress on the embroidered kaleidoscope design I was working on, and we discussed the big job naming embroidery projects.

You came up with some great ideas for a name for this one! Thank you! I’ve settled on a name – it wasn’t directly mentioned by anyone, but there were some related suggestions.

Today, we’ll take a look at the finished kaleidoscope (yippee!) and chat about it a bit. I’ll answer some questions that have come up about the project, too.

Embroidered Kaleidoscope - Finished

There it is! Finished!

The embroidery is 7.5″ in diameter. (You can click on the photo for a larger version.)

Now, one of the really fun things I’m finding about these kaleidoscope designs is that they are super-duper versatile. They can constrict themselves into a very small embroidery project, or they can expand themselves into a larger one.

Let me show you what I mean!

Embroidered Kaleidoscope - Finished

With this particular design, you might decide you want to stop right there, with the green scallops and leaves.

And there’s no reason why you can’t! In fact, maybe you just want to stop at the green scallops – or maybe at the red scallops? Or the blue layers?

Embroidered Kaleidoscope - Finished

Maybe you like the tulips and you don’t want to go any farther?

Embroidered Kaleidoscope - Finished

Or maybe you just want to give the tulips a little edge and then call it quits?

(Please pardon these two photos – that’s called Cell Phone Photography in Really Poor Light!)

I think you get the idea! With the designs built layer on layer, you can always plan to stitch as little or as much of it as you want to.

Finishing Ideas

Many folks have written to ask how a piece like this could be finished and displayed or used.

I’m sure many of you have some amazing ideas, and I’d love to hear them! You’re welcome to share ideas in the comments below!

In the meantime, these are some ideas I’ve had for this design and similar designs I’m working with now:

1. Throw pillows. These designs would make great accent pillows to add a splash of color and interest to a sitting room or a bedroom.

2. Journal covers. This particular design might be a bit large for a journal cover (unless you have a really big journal!), but a portion of it would work. Smaller designs, or slices of designs, would work great, too.

3. Framed. They’d be a great way to brighten up a wall!

4. Quilt squares. They’d make a gorgeous edition to any kind of quilt that sports embroidery.

5. Footstool covers. Enlarged, worked perhaps in wool on linen twill – they’d make vibrant, fun footstool covers!

6. Box lids. Whether mounted in a pre-made wooden box lid, or made into a fabric box lid for a fabric box, they’re perfect designs for lids.

7. Tray inserts. Sudberry House makes a darling square tray to mount needlework in. A round, bright kaleidoscope would look amazing in one of their square trays. Their trays and boxes are often available at local needlework shops, but you can also find them online if you don’t have a shop close by.

Embroidered Kaleidoscope - Finished

Availability

Many of you have asked when and how this kaleidoscope design (and this previous one) will be available.

This kaleidoscope design and all its particulars, including instructions, will be available here on Needle ‘n Thread in the not-too-distant future. I’m working it up into a guide similar to the Lattice Jumble Sampler, only a bit more thorough, with all the pertinent information on colors, fabric, techniques, stitch instructions, substitutions, and so forth.

I’m doing something a little different with the first kaleidoscope (which is more basic), and I’ll let you know when it is available. I think it will just be a pretty basic how-to article.

More to Come

I really enjoy working with these types of designs! Doodling them up is great fun, and then bringing them to colorful life with needle and thread is exciting! I like watching them develop, layer by layer.

Come to think of it, if I told you how many of these things I’ve doodled into existence over the past few months, you might think I’m a bit off my rocker.

They won’t all go the way of embroidery. I just pick out one now and then that looks like it would interpret well with thread, and then I play around with it a bit. It’s slow going – but slow is good!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to leave them below!

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Wonderful Wednesday #14: Maggie Gee Needlework

Flanders Poppy Embroidery Kit by Maggie Gee Needlework
This Flanders Poppy Kit by Maggie Gee Needlework looks like a wonderfully complete kit – with linen, flosses, needles, backing, and stitch glossaries included. As if that were not lovely enough, according to her Etsy page, 10% of the sales of this kit go to the UK charity ‘Help for Heroes’ until 2018.

This definitely looks to be advanced needlework, so if you’re looking for an extra challenge, this could be a perfect kit for you.