For a while now I’ve been wanting to hang something above my daughter’s cot. We had a couple of prints that I could have used, but none of them felt quite right. Then I saw the Posy design from Thread Folk and knew it was perfect.
Fabric: I used a natural-look quilting cotton from Spotlight.
Transfer: I traced the design onto the fabric with a Pilot Frixion heat-erasable pen and a light pad
Hoop: For stitching, I used a 10cm (4″) Klass & Gessman beechwood hoop, and for framing I used a 15cm (6″) birch hoop from Spotlight.
Threads: I used my own hand-dyed yarns, except for the lashes, which were stitched with Renaissance Dyeing crewel wool.
This is a downloadable pattern that consists of three files: a printable pattern, a reversed pattern (for use with iron-on transfer methods), and a stitch guide. The pattern sheet is clear and easy to transfer, although guides indicating the centre of the pattern could come in handy. I particularly liked that all of the elements of the pattern were included – I prefer this to a pattern that only includes the major elements and leaves you to decipher the rest from the photo.
The stitch guide consists of:
- Supplies list
- Stitch abbreviations
- Instructions on how to hoop up the fabric, prepare the thread, start and finish stitching, and transfer the design.
- A diagram showing what stitches and colours to use for each element of the pattern
- Instructions for framing the design in a hoop
I though the stitch guide was very comprehensive. It doesn’t include stitches, which is clearly stated both in the introduction to the pattern, and in the pattern listing on Etsy. Personally, I don’t think this is a problem, as I would prefer to refer to my own stitch guides for any stitches I was unsure of.
I do think the stitch guide could be improved with a little rearrangement. The main problem was that the thread colours and stitch abbreviations were listed two pages away from the stitch diagram, which meant flicking back and forth to find out what the abbreviations and colour numbers referred to. It would have been much easier if there had been a key on the same page as the stitch diagram – this would make it easy to print out one page and have it by you as a reference while you stitch.
I also felt that for new stitchers, I think it would make more sense to have the information about transferring the design come first, rather than how to prepare the hoop and thread, and start and finish stitching. It’s also a bit of a bugbear of mine when people tell beginners that it’s OK to start embroidery with a knot – but that’s a post for another day!
Those concern aside, I thought this was a well-drafted pattern. It provides a lot of room for improvisation – not only did I choose to stitch my version with hand-dyed embroidery yarn instead of stranded cotton, but I also switched out a couple of the stitches. I worked the large leaves in raised fishbone stitch, the small leaves in a detached chain stitch–straight stitch combination, and the white buds in French knots.
Overall, I really enjoyed stitching this design. Of course, when we’re stitching for someone else, one of the most important opinions is that of the recipient – and in this case, I think it’s safe to say she liked it!