Experimenting with Embroidery!

It has been a while since I have written a post but I have still been busy creating. I have been thinking of new ways to use my designs and came up with embroidery! I thought my mandala and Celtic knot designs would work well as placemats and coasters, so I thought I would have a go at learning embroidery.

So off to YouTube to learn basic embroidery techniques and stitches. Thankfully there are some fantastic Chanels to learn embroidery. For my first piece I decided to use one of my favourite designs, the blue wren with a Celtic knot border. Of course, it took much longer to complete than I thought it would, but I really enjoyed doing embroidery. Although my technique was not perfect, I’m happy with the outcome and learned lots completing it.

Next few pieces will be for Christmas presents, so I’ll show them after Christmas!

Blue Wren Embroidered Placemat

This has some reflections on the photo as I covered it with plastic so it could be used as a placemat. I used two round wooden placemats glued together and sewed the plastic on with a blanket stitch. Next time I will take more care with making the stitches even, but overall, I am happy with how it came together.

The design is embroidered on calico. I used inktense pencils to colour the centre blue. It was embroidered with DMC wool thread.