Patterns & Kits
For those who would like to experience the joy and satisfaction of embroidering by hand, I offer patterns and kits inspired by historic Mediterranean embroidered textiles.
There are two general types of embroidery:
Counted thread, also known as cross stitch: in this type of embroidery, you work a charted design over two threads to create little Xs across the fabric. If you've done cross stitch on Aida cloth, this is the same technique. Many of my designs are suitable for meditative stitching which features small, repeating motifs that are quickly memorized so you don't have to continually refer to a chart. My cross stitch kits feature either specialty counted threads imported from Greece or Legacy Linen.
Free hand embroidery: this type of embroidery has a design pre-stamped onto a piece of fabric and then you use a stitch diagram to make specific stitches to create the design. My kits feature 100% Kona cotton stamped with the design and everything you need--hoop, floss, and instructions.
If this is your first experience, I recommend either my cross stitch BitKits which are small, inexpensive kits featuring historic designs or one of my embroidery hoop kits as these will give you a taste of folk embroidery. If you've done cross-stitch before or are ready to make a larger embroidery, my patterns and kits feature a variety of traditional designs in a range of sizes from table mat size to squares to table runners.
The How To page shows how to do the basic cross stitch as well as how to hem with a basic or drawn thread hem, as well as learn how to turn your embroidery into a wallhanging or pillow.