The recent ‘Craft Saturdays’ session at The Sanctuary in Darlington was all about ‘Hand Embroidery’. A creative group of people came together to find out about tools, threads and fabric for embroidery and to have a go at producing their own work (as well as enjoying lunch together!) There is so much enjoyment to be had from hand-stitching. It’s a relaxing and calming pastime; plus, choosing colours is always a pleasure.
We took as our inspiration, the tradition of samplers (see previous post ‘Tantalising Quilt Link at Beamish‘ for some examples) and this vintage needle-case.
Everyone left with their own completed modern sampler ready to be made into a 2015 Sampler Needle-case. Here are a couple of extracts:
We also had a go at some applique and started to make s freer use of the various stitches, including adding beads, sequins and metallic threads. Here are some examples:
There’s a pattern for a needle-case in my new ‘Stitcher’s Kit’ pattern. Here are the things you can made with the ‘Stitcher’s Kit’ pattern:
The pattern is for sale in my Etsy Shop.
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This is my ‘Japanese Garden – little birds on blue’ fabric design. You can find it here.