Have you ever stitched on dark coloured fabric before? Our modern floral embroidery kit uses patterned stitches and seed beads to embroider the design onto a beautiful dark grey linen fabric - it is really satisfying to stitch!
Are you looking for creative projects to do at home?
We designed the patterned stitches that are used in this pattern ourselves, by experimenting with different combinations of straight stitches, french knots and seed beads. Through making the stitches different lengths, stitching them in different directions and overlapping the thread in different ways, we developed lots of stitch patterns that were different to the traditional stitches you usually find in embroidery kits. Next, we started experimenting with the different types of threads we could use to make the design look modern and textured - we knew we wanted to use stranded cotton, as this is a thread that most stitchers are familiar with, and it creates a silky, smooth texture. Alongside this, we have added some crewel wool, acrylic yarn and worsted wool - all of which add threads of different thicknesses, shine and texture into the design.
Usually, people’s worry about stitching onto dark coloured fabric, is that it is much more difficult to trace a design onto a darker fabric. We have eliminated this issue, as we have pre-stitched the outlines of the flowers and leaves for you, ready for you to start filling each section of the design with stitches and beads. When choosing which colours to use in the project, we decided to combine lilacs, yellows, greys, greens and purples to create a really fresh palette that would sit with the contemporary style of the embroidery - we hope you love the shades we have picked as much as we do!
Whether you enjoy doing your creative projects at home, or prefer to stitch on the go, we have packed all of the materials you will need into a cardboard box, enclosed inside a piece of tissue paper. The only thing you will need is a pair of scissors to snip the ends of the threads when you have finished stitching each section! The list of materials that are included in the kit are as below:
- 2x Needles (1x John James embroidery needle, 1x beading needle)
- Full Instructions (A4 size booklet)
- Linen Fabric with Pre-Stitched Outline
- Backer (placed behind the fabric)
- 8” Embroidery Hoop (Elbesee Hardwood Hoop)
- Threads (DMC Stranded Cotton, Appletons Crewel Wool, Handweaver’s Studio Acrylic Yarn, Handweaver’s Studio Worsted Wool)
- Seed Beads (Size 11 Toho Seed Beads)
- Bobbin of Thread (for attaching beads)
Please note, the scissors shown in the photograph are for decorative purposes only and are not provided with the kit - you will need to provide your own pair.
I purchased this kit to try out some new ways of stitching. The kit was well packaged and nicely laid out with clear instructions.
Kirsty has provided us with a lovely flower design which is covered with lots of new stitches. As it is on grey fabric it feels quiet modern and the contemporary stitches really add to it. I gave the completed kit to my daughter and it looks great against her mustard wall!!
And she loves it!
I love Kirsty's work. Her attention to detail in both her made work and kits is fantastic. The kits have very clear instructions and all the materials you need for a super finished product. I wholeheartedly recommend.