I'm really excited to share with you my plans for the next four upcoming kits. They are all part of a home décor range I am doing and the kits will be released over the next three months.
My inspiration was my bedroom, in particular, just how uninspiring it is! When we moved into our house almost two years ago, we decorated every room within three months, except our bedroom. The walls are white and there is a feature wall of lace wallpaper in neutral tones. Our furniture is cream and we bought complementary cream curtains. I like the calm and relaxing feel I get from this room but now I am ready to inject some personality and colour into it. I want to create objects that are personal and reflect my love of all things handmade. There are handmade pieces dotted around my entire house but our bedroom is completely lacking so I decided it was time to get designing.
I began with our bed. I love embroidered pillowcases and I decided I wanted to create some for our room. My inspiration was the beautiful daisies that were popping up all over the place. I designed the Daisy Chain pattern to fit down the edge of the pillowcase. I love the look of white embroidery on white fabric but I decided to stitch onto pale duck egg blue pillowcases. The result is really elegant and was very enjoyable to stitch and it worked up quite quickly. I love the muted tones of the embroidery thread palette that I chose for this but it can of course be stitched in any colour palette.
I have released some kits into the shop which contain full instructions as well as the pattern in three different sizes. You can choose to stitch this pattern onto anything, it doesn't have to be a pillowcase. I think it would look beautiful on a Peter Pan collar of a blouse or around the hem of a little girl's dress. As the pattern is a repetition, you can extend the length of it to suit your project by tracing it more than once, joining the ends as you go. Each kit contains a lot more thread than you will need to stitch a pair of pillowcases so you can customise this however you wish. To help you with the embroidery stitches you will need for this project, check out the stitch dictionary page to watch free video tutorials of each one.
Stay tuned for the next kit release in the home décor series, here's a little clue, it's something to decorate your walls with.
I thought I’d share a bit about myself as I know it is nice to learn about the person behind the business. I’ve been making things since I was a really young child. I used to love tapestry long stitch kits and I can remember getting sewing kits for my birthday when I was about five. They were the sort of kits that provided you with fabric with holes punched in it so you could use a large plastic needle threaded with raffia. I can remember using this kit to make purses and scissors keepers. I can also remember doing fine embroidery as a child and trying to learn to knit. I found knitting very difficult and I have only really found the knitting bug recently since discovering the continental knitting style.
So the creative arts have always been part of my life and I have been heavily influenced by my Mum and Gran. My Gran is a fantastic embroiderer, crocheter and knitter. Her stitches are impeccable. I really love this tablecloth she embroidered in the 1940s.
I love the design as it’s the sort of thing I’d choose to do today. Her crochet work is so intricate. For this mat, which I have framed in my house, she used cotton thread and a hook the size of a pin head. She also created a whole tablecloth using this pattern. I wish I could say I will do something like this one day but I know I won’t!
My Mum is an amazing knitter and can knit anything at all. Her work is perfectly neat. She also embroiders and does cross stitch from time to time. Here is a picture of a christening shawl she knitted from lace weight yarn.
With all of this influence I have turned my hand to many crafts but all types of sewing remain my favourite. Throughout my teenage years I didn't do very much sewing and making, but I did love textiles at school and incorporated this into my GCSE art work. After university, I returned to sewing and bought my first sewing machine. 13 years later and I've never looked back. Sewing is a part of my daily life and I can't imagine ever not doing it. When I became a mum last year, many people said you'll never find time to create. My son has inspired me even more and I make sure I find as much time as possible, when he naps in the day or is asleep at night. I don't really watch TV (mainly as there's never anything on that interests me) so this is another reason why I can get lots done.
I find sewing and creating in general so beneficial to my life, which is why I want to inspire more people to learn to sew. A recent study by Hobbycraft found that 1 in 5 people can't sew a button on and 52% of people were never taught to sew at school. Up until becoming a mum I was a primary teacher. I loved teaching my classes to sew and always found it really surprising and exciting that the children you least expected to be good at sewing were always the best. The calming effect that sewing had on my classes was very evident and it was often the boys who really loved both sewing and knitting.
The methodical, repetitive nature of sewing is very soothing and calming. Concentrating on creating with your hands frees your mind of worry, anxiety and stress. This is because you are focusing on creating something. In this fast paced world we now live in, slowing down, taking time and relaxing with a sewing project is like therapy in itself. The sense of achievement and pride when you complete a project is difficult to find in other aspects of modern day life. In addition to this, sewing benefits our environment because it creates sustainable objects and moves us away from the throw away society we have become. It teaches us to respect objects and appreciate the work that has gone into crafting them which can only be a good thing. So if you are new to sewing, give it a try and I hope you become as hooked on it as I am because I am sure it will benefit your life greatly.
About the Author
My name is Emma and I love all things sewing, especially EPP. My little blog is the place where I document what I'm making. I hope you enjoy reading what I'm up to! All opinions are my own and I only share things that I think you will love. Thank you for taking the time to stop by.