Gathering stitching inspiration

Embroidery sketches

Some sketches playing around with the stitches I’ve learnt so far

After getting a couple weeks of experience in embroidery, I think it’s time to share some of the things that have been inspiring me along the way:

For magazine lovers, the gorgeous CrossStitcher mag + blog
I love Bo’s work, from lazydoll, esp. this bunny girl coin purse 
The Sublime Stitching blog – ‘this ain’t your gramma’s embroidery’ ;)
Bluebells & Bunting’s deliciously simple lavender bag
Vintage stitch instructions, from The New Encyclopedia Of Modern Sewing (pub. 1946)
nanaCompany. No words necessary.
And finally, this video tutorial to get you started. What are you waiting for?!

★ Tips for anyone learning embroidery:*
– Make sure your fabric marker works on the fabric you want to use.
– Use wax to make your needle threading easier.
– Get an embroidery hoop. Seriously.

There’s been lots more finger-pricking this month than there was in January, but I’m not complaining. It’s our last stretch in Chepstow, and as our moving date to the Beacons comes closer (March 14th, people! It’s close!) the lull of embroidery is a welcome one. There’s no rushing when it comes to making even stitches.

Best part of learning embroidery so far? Sensing my hand behind a solid piece of fabric and poking the needle through exactly where I intended to makes me feel like a ninja.

Ahh, simple pleasures!



Who (or what!) inspires you to craft?


*Motivation to follow these tips:
– My first choice of fabric marker didn’t show up. On anything.
– Even bits of candle wax work for threading.
– Embroidery hoops are optional, but make novice needle-waving much easier!