Herbarium, pressed flowers embroidered

Last year it was terrariums, this year it’s herbariums.

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I’ve not pressed flowers since I was child, when I did so with my gran using flowers from her farm garden. So it was a bit of a trip down memory lane creating the herbariums – embroidered and floral – for this pattern.

Embroidery stitches are especially well suited to nature, with many that effortlessly mimic flowers, leaves and stems. And so Herbarium came together quite organically, starting with the fishbone leaves that are so pleasurable to stitch. Fly stitch leaves are another favourite and so there are a few of those in there, and then some textural stitches to add dimension.

Herbariums are typically framed and so this one went into a hoop to create some hoop art. It’s an uncomplicated pattern with a feeling of lightness and ease of stitching about it, which you’ll easily finish in a day or two.

Herbarium is available as an instant download, PDF pattern from my Etsy shop.

Note: Craftsy is making changes and as a result, I’m not able to upload any new patterns to my Craftsy shop for now.

Yule Trees: Christmas embroidery + stitched cards

My second festive design for this year uses patterning to create a fresh, almost minimalist Christmas embroidery pattern and includes two printable embroidered greeting cards.

The design is easy to embroider, it uses a number of different embroidery stitches arranged to create repeat patterns. And you can easily change the thread colours to embroider the trees in blues, greys, different shades of green… whatever colours you fancy.

The pattern includes two printable Christmas cards, with step-by-step photo instructions on how to embroider them. Stitching on paper is quick and fun, and can be done with kids as a holiday activity. Try out different threads and personalise your cards with additional embellishments. You can adjust the size of the cards as well, to suit your needs.

Yule Trees is available as an instant download, PDF pattern from my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

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SALE : 25% off all embroidery patterns and ebooks for four days

It’s annual sale time… everything in my Etsy shop is less 25% for four days from Black Friday on 23 November to Cyber Monday on 26 November.

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Each item will be shown at the sale price, so you just shop as usual. This includes pattern and ebook bundles, so you're effectively getting 25% off already reduced bundle prices as well.

The sale runs for four days to give all of you around the world plenty of time to browse and shop, whatever your time zone. It's a good way to stock up on patterns for some holiday stitching or get any items you may have had your eye on at a lower price.

That’s it. Happy shopping!