Monday, 7 May 2012

A little bit of Cath...

I seem to be going through a massive phase of hand sewing/crafts lately, first there was the crochet, and then I started to get into embroidery.  I ordered some great books, including A Rainbow of Stitches which I would highly recommend.

This book is full of cross stitch and embroidery designs.  I'm not very good at freehand drawing, so this is ideal as it features little motifs (and bigger designs) that I can trace and embroider.

I also got Cath Kidston's book Make.   There isn't so much that I'd actually do from the book, however, when I saw the cute little embroidered roses I just knew I had to give them a try! 

The design starts off as a drawing like this -

...and you trace it onto your fabric.  Julie from The Awkward Niche recommended Frixion pens for tracing/drawing onto fabric.  The pen lines are then easily removed by ironing your finished work.  (I transferred the image onto plain white paper, taped it to the window, and placed my fabric on top so I could trace it!)

This design took me about 2.5 hours in total to sew.  I used 3 strands of thread so the finished look wasn't too chunky, I felt that some of the designs in the book weren't as delicate as I'd like my finished embroidery to be.'s how my embroidered Cath Kidston rose looks -

Every time I look at it I feel more pleased with it!  When I first finished it I wasn't too sure about it...but I think that's just because I've never really done anything like this before, and I wasn't sure how it was supposed to look!  I really love the effect the longer satin stitches give, so this will definitely be something I'll experiment more with in future embroidery projects. 

I've just done this one on a little piece of cream calico fabric and plan to use it as a 'patch', that I can sew onto another project (not sure what yet). 

The main reason I wanted to try this particular piece of embroidery is that over on Instagram, I've been seeing lots of people embroidering onto cardigans!  Firstly is this one I saw on Tales from Cuckoo Land and then I found this gorgeous pink version on Shabby Chic Sarah.

When we had our shopping trip last Tuesday, I searched everywhere for a suitable cardigan, but of course, I couldn't find one that was 'just right'.  I'll keep searching, and in the mean time I'll keep practising my hand sewing....

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  1. No wonder you're pleased with it, it's gorgeous. You can tell immediately it's Cath.

  2. It is just lovely and really good to touch and stroke too I imagine. Well done, I bet you are looking round for things to embroider now.
    kandi x

  3. Wow that's fab! I'd love to be able to do something like that! :-) x

  4. Wow, your satin stitch is soooooo much neater than mine!! It looks fab!!

    I got my little cardi (it's actually more of a shrug) from Asda, they have some really reasonable knitwear....

    S x

  5. That is so neat and pretty! I am not sure I have the patience for embroidery x

  6. I love your embroidered rose, like all that you do it's really pretty and perfectly neat...and of course then you inspired me to try it too, (I'm finding the roses are very time consuming)! I was kind of bowled over by Make....lots of cushions in there I'd love to do, and of course Tom wants an orange race car with a horsey and a green star....we shall see! :D Love the idea of embroidering onto a cardigan too...Homemade Cath!! What could be better? :) x

  7. You are so clever - I love your little rose!!! :-)

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  9. This is lovely! Those Frixion pens are amazing! I love working with them for all my tracing/sewing. I can't believe they just disappear after you iron the markings -- it seems sort of magical.

  10. That's a beautiful rose and I must admit I never tire of working bullion roses these would look good on a cardigan too, but best of all no need for transfering designs. See pic here

  11. Your embroidery is very impressive! I can never manage to get the stitches looking so neat. I like the cardigan idea, it would look really good embroidered onto a cardigan. :) x


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