I had this big plan before my wedding to create a hoop that would double as a ring cushion. It was going to be a ring of florals inspired by my bouquet with ribbon ties in the centre.
My adorable Godson would carry it down the aisle and once we were married I’d remove the ties and stitch our wedding date in the centre. I bought a pattern and floss but then flash forward to a couple of weeks before the wedding and I couldn’t fit in work on the project. SO we just used a ring box! And it was fine.
I still fancied making a hoop to commemorate the date so started the hoop a few weeks after our honeymoon. I worked methodically through August and September slowed by tweaking my floss colours slightly as I worked.
The pattern is the Delicate Roses pattern from Namaste Embroidery shown below with a couple of omissions to keep the centre free. Jessica who runs the brand was even super kind and helped me tweak the colour choices by recommending shades over email!
As you see below, my version features pink and coral roses with sage green and lime details. I loved building the satin stitch to showcase the colours but my lazy daisy greenery isn’t my best and my back stitch is a little wobbly. I say it every time but French knots are very satisfying to make.
Hilariously in the final stages of the hoop I put ths wrong month in the centre… traced it, stitched it and photographed it hahah. I had only been married two months so had no excuse. Quick unpicking and I got it fixed in no time.
I think the colour chart in the pattern is a beautiful finish and while I’m pleased how this reminds me of my bouquet the pink roses aren’t quite as dynamic as the coral ones. I’m super pleased how I altered the direction of my satin stitch to give them depth though. I’m still a relative embroidery newbie!
I put the finished embroidery in an orange hoop and have hung it in our hallway so we pass it each day.
As we come close to our first anniversary we’re both giddy to celebrate and are planning ideas PLUS we’re excited to eat our top tier from my mum’s gorgeous cake (white choc and raspberry)!! Its so good having a professional baker in the family. Want me to save you a slice?
Okay so I know I’m the queen of delayed blogging with a whopping 50+ unblogged makes but I realised I never blogged this heart embroidery and it turned out so sweet that I wanted to share it. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen my embroidery posts and I have a story highlight so you can see my most recent pieces but this was one of the my VERY EARLY attempts at embroidery and helped me perfect some of the basic stitches.
It’s a pattern download from Oh Sew Bootiful which you can get here. After trying two of their kits where pre-printed fabric, a crazy amount of thread and very clear instructions are all packaged up for you, I wanted to see if I could work out good colour combinations on my own and practice transferring the design onto the fabric myself.
The benefit of a PDF pattern is that you can resize it to fit your ideal hoop or if you’re short on hoops, make it work for whatever you have to hand. I like to use a frixion pen and a window as a light source when tracing. A couple of pins hold the paper and fabric layers together and any mistakes can be rubbed away with the rubber on the end of the frixion pen. I got mine as a Christmas present but have seen them in lots of stationary sections of shops.
This design really makes you practice French knots (I like to do a double curl around the needle), lazy daisy (worked best when I remember to rotate my hoop as I go) and pinwheel roses (magic stuff).
How many of you have heard of Ladybird Likes?
I hope you all raised your hands.
Or immediately clicked through to see the gorgeousness on offer in the shop.
I’m in a pretty good mood. I had a wonderful birthday with great gifts, food and friends. And it’s about to be a bank holiday in the UK.
I want to share the happy feelings around with a giveaway.
Ladybird Likes was set up by Zoe in 2012 but her business is already booming. She stocks charming brooches, necklaces, collar clips and even bow ties that she has handmade from wood, vintage fabric and pretty paper!
Zoe has an etsy shop, attends big craft fairs like Renegade Craft Fair, and Crafty Fox Market, and has been featured in Mollie Makes, Wedding Magazine, Handmade Living, Cross Stitcher, and Make Jewellery, as well as on several blogs you might know (I found out about LL and Zoe through The Dainty Squid, but her pieces have also been featured on Skunkboy Creatures, Little Chief Honeybee, and What Olivia Did).
I love that the company’s message is “making nice things for nice people”. I think the creative community is a wonderful place where like-minded people can support each other and I have honestly met some amazingly nice folk through blogging and sewing.
With this in mind, the giveaway I’m hosting is for a Ladybird Likes brooch of your choosing!
I love the Vintage Lady brooches and the Pin up Girl brooches (see above and below for my personal favourites).
But if they aren’t your style, there are robots, butterflies and birds to pick from too!
To enter, visit the shop then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me which brooch you’d like to win.
This giveaway is open internationally. Entries must be received before Wed 28th August, Midnight GMT. A winner will be chosen at random shortly after the giveaway closes and where possible directly contacted to inform them of the win.