IS #89: Embroidery Edition

As I mentioned in my last post, I am totally digging embroidery lately. For my birthday last January, I took an embroidery class at the Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI and had a great time learning the basics. I even sewed a bag together on the sewing machine (which has always terrified me).


Proof of overcoming irrational fears.

I’ve pretty much been hooked since then, and have found it to be a remarkably easy hobby to get into. It has a pretty low barrier to entry: you can do a lot with very simple stitches, the basic materials are relatively cheap, and projects can be finished quickly. I mean, what’s not to like?! So, as any sane person who just discovered they liked something does, I joined a year-long sampler club from Kiriki Press, which ships out a new sampler every 2 months. I really like their clean, cute look, and they often come with a little bonus pattern that fits in a wee 3″ hoop that is just too sweet. Michelle Galletta, the designer, creates the most adorable little animal doll kits, too. In a word, Kirki Press is the cutest. Most of the embroidery I’ve finished to date has been one of her designs.


Current Kiriki Press sampler club kit in progress.

Next, I discovered the abundance of learning materials available on the Namaste Embroidery site, including a free pattern that I stitched onto a tea towel as a gift for my mom (sorry, can’t find picture right now). The designer, Jessica Long, also has a Craftsy class on Modern Hand Embroidery, which is really informative and great to watch because she’s clearly an artist and the way she paints with thread is inspiring. She creates these amazing floral wreaths… I basically want to make every pattern she has ever designed.


Anemones and Succulents pattern, photo by Namaste Embroidery.

Another embroidery designer I’m starting to get into is of Lolli and Grace. She is running an autumn stitch-a-long right now with a free maple leaf wreath pattern available on her blogĀ  that I am going to get started on as soon as humanly possible tomorrow.


Autumn Leaf pattern, photo by Lolli and Grace.

To wrap things up here, a lot of my embroidery friends (that’s right, I have those now, virtually at least) really like the CozyBlue stitch club patterns. I’m not part of the club and I’m kind of lukewarm on some of the designs, but I did like one enough to seek out and stitch up, which I’ll be posting about soon. People also rave about the DropClothSampler patterns, which look a bit “folksy” to me and something about their clutter/uneven look really bothers my eye. However, they’re worth mentioning here as so many people love them, and you might, too!

Have you embroidered or tried a new craft lately? I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how good it feels to learn something new / do a deep dive into a new topic. I had forgotten!

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