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Free Rainbow Orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris!

We are so excited to have our embroidery teacher Carina Envoldsen-Harris on The Daily Stitch today to share a project from her new book, Mandalas to Embroider!

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris from Polka and Bloom

In this gorgeous book, Carina has carefully created 24 exquisite, meditative mandalas that will delight and inspire anyone who loves embroidery and making beautiful things. With Carina’s guidance you’ll learn to embroider 12 large and 12 small mandalas, using just 10 stitches, Following the delicate patterns in these stunning motifs will help soothe your mind and treat yourself to some tranquility.

Carina and the lovely people at Search Press have a pattern from the book to share with you: the Rainbow Orbit! In this imaginary Solar System, you can begin with the star in the centre, and then work your way outwards, or start with the circles and then add the other stitches. Maybe savour working one colour at a time before moving on to the next.

Take it away, Carina…

Free rainbow orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Hello!

I hope you enjoy this pattern from Mandalas to Embroider. It is actually one of my favourites, but don’t tell the rest of the mandalas that I said that! 🙂 This pattern is fun to stitch using lots of colours, or a few or even in white on a solid background as in this sample cushion from the book.

Click here for the pattern

Click here for the stitch guide

Photo credit: Christine Asbridge @chrissie_crafts

If you are making your cushion cover from scratch, do the embroidery before sewing up your cover. However, if you want to embroider a cushion cover you bought ready made, it can be a bit awkward because you only have one “access point” to the embroidery. When I embellish a shop bought cushion cover, I like to turn the cover inside out and rip one of the side seams and/or the top seam so I have better access to do the embroidery. Once the embroidery is done, I simply sew the seams together again on my sewing machine – or you can do it by hand if you don’t have a machine. Either way, it won’t take long to sew together and the easier access to doing the embroidery will save you a lot of frustration.

The Rainbow Orbit pattern fits in a 6″ embroidery hoop but you can easily add more “orbits” to it if you like. If you have a compass that can make a large enough circle, simply use that to draw a larger circle around the pattern. But if you don’t have a compass, here’s a way to add another orbit circle to the pattern…

Print the pattern in the middle of the page and set aside. On a different sheet of paper, draw a circle using the inside of the inner hoop (6″) as your guide.

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Draw two lines in a cross from edge to edge on this circle. In the centre, draw a 1″ diameter circle.

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Cut out the small circle and then cut away the paper around the large circle. On the pattern, draw a cross in pencil going through the centre.

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Lay your cut out circle over the pattern. Use the small circle to find the centre of the pattern. Line up the two crosses and stick down the circle using a bits of washi/masking tape in the centre.

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Draw all the way around the circle and then remove the circle and tape. The circle you just drew will be the baseline for the new “orbit”.

Add stitch symbols to fill in the new orbit. Dots for French knots, Vs for fly stitch etc. The baseline can be stitched with back stitch or running stitch.

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Draw your new orbit in pencil at first, so it’s easy to make changes. Once you are happy with your new design, go over everything with a black pen and then rub out any pencil marks that you don’t need.

Stitching suggestions: Work the continuous stitches first: back stitch, chain stitch and running stitch. Then, move onto the rows of individual stitches: French knot, lazy daisy and star

Thank you, Carina!

Find signed copies of Mandalas to Embroider in the shop here! Carina also teaches our Embroidery for beginners classes at our West Hampstead shop.

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DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

We are obsessed with Laura Howard‘s latest creation: Plant Lady brooches! Perfect handmade flair to show off your plant lady status or a fabulous gift – Mother’s Day is just around the corner and let’s not forget it! Over to you, Laura…

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

Add a bit of plant lady style to your outfits with these fun felt brooches! There’s an embroidered “plant lady” badge, a cute cactus and a massive monstera leaf.

These leafy designs would make great gifts for the plant-lovers in your life. You could also leave off the brooch backs and use the designs as patches to sew on your rucksack, jacket, or other items that don’t need regular washing.

Finished sizes:

Monstera – 3.5″ x 2.75″
Plant Lady – 2.25″ round
Cactus 2.75″ x 2″

Tools & Materials:

The template sheet provided
Evergreen, Grassy Meadows, Chartreuse, Fuchsia, and Cotton Candy wool blend felt
Matching sewing threads
Light green, mid green, dark green, light pink and white embroidery thread (I used DMC 699 for the dark green, DMC 905 for the mid green, DMC 907 for the light green, DMC 603 for the pink, and DMC BLANC for the white.)
Brooch clasps
White tissue paper
A pencil or fine pen
A sewing needle and pins
Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small shapes!)
Optional: an air erasable fabric marker
DIY Embroidered cactus brooch tutorialTo make a cactus brooch:

Use the templates provided to cut one green cactus from bright green felt, one plant pot from light pink felt, and one heart from bright pink felt.

One by one, sew the shapes to a backing piece of dark green felt. Use whip stitch and matching thread, taking care to sew the bottom edge of the cactus and the top edge of the plant pot flush with each other.

Add the stitched spines to the cactus, sewing lots of single stitches with two strands of white embroidery thread (out of the six strands in the skein).

Cut a small flower from fuchsia felt. You can carefully cut this freehand, or draw a flower on the felt with an air erasable marker pen and cut it out. Sew the flower in position with three strands of light pink embroidery thread, sewing one stitch along each petal as shown.

Trim away the backing felt, leaving a narrow border around the cactus design. Then use the shape you’ve just cut out as a template to cut a matching backing piece from dark green felt.

DIY Embroidered Cactus brooch tutorial

Turn over the backing shape. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

 

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorialTo make a Plant Lady brooch:

Trace the brooch design onto a piece of white tissue paper, with a sharp pencil or a fine pen. Roughly cut out the design and sew it to a piece of light pink felt with large tacking stitches.

Embroider the lettering and the outlines of the leaves with backstitch, sewing small stitches as you sew around the curves. Use three strands of dark green embroidery thread (from a skein of six strands) for the lettering, and two strands of mid green thread for the leaves.

Remove the tacking stitches and gently tear away the tissue paper, carefully removing any remaining small pieces of paper with a pin.

Fill in the leaves with two strands of light green embroidery thread, as shown.

Trace the circular brooch shape onto a piece of white tissue paper and cut it out. Position this over your stitching so it’s centred and pin it in place. Cut around the circle then unpin and discard the tissue paper.

Place the felt circle on a piece of bright green felt and whip stitch it in position with matching pink sewing thread.

Trim the green felt, leaving a narrow border around the pink circle. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of bright green felt.

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooch tutorial

Turn the backing piece over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

 

DIY Embroidered monstera brooch tutorialTo make a monstera leaf brooch:

Use the template provided to cut out a monstera leaf from mid green felt. Place it on a piece of light pink felt and sew it in position with whip stitch and matching mid green sewing thread.

Embroider the veins of the leaf, using the photo and the drawing on the template as a guide. Use backstitch and three strands of mid-green embroidery thread (from the six strands in the skein). Start by sewing the central line down the middle of the leaf then add the other lines.

Trim the backing felt, leaving a narrow border of felt around the leaf. Use this shape as a template to cut out a matching backing piece of pink felt.

DIY Embroidered Monstera Brooch tutorial

Turn the backing shape over. Sew a brooch clasp in position with a double thickness of matching sewing thread. Place the front and back of the brooch together and sew around the edges with whip stitch and more matching thread.

Show off your Plant Lady brooches with the hashtag #thevillagehaberdashery so we can see what you make!

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

DIY Embroidered Plant Lady brooches tutorial

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A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

It’s time for the December wreath (so sorry this one is a little late) in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her embroidered snowflakes wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

The final wreath in this seasonal series is a little bit late (sorry!) but hopefully worth the wait. You could make it as a winter wreath to add a bit of sparkle to these dark and gloomy days, or stitch it ready for next Christmas!

This month’s wreath features embroidered snowflakes, silver sequins and seed beads, and some fabulous metallic thread. As well as making the full wreath, you could also use the snowflake embroidery patterns to sew felt snowflake ornaments, stitch a snowflake in a small embroidery hoop or sew snowflakes onto anything you fancy!

You will need:
*The pattern sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Dark blue yarn to wrap the wreath (I used 2 balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Navy)
*Navy blue wool blend felt
*White stranded embroidery thread
*Gutermann Metallic Effect Thread (shade 41)
*Assorted silver sequins and beads
*Sewing thread (any colour)
*Tissue paper
*A biro or other fine point pen
*Sewing scissors
*A sewing needle and pins
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips

To make the wreath:
1. Start by embroidering the snowflakes: one of each design included on the pattern sheet. Trace the snowflake patterns onto tissue paper with a biro or other fine pen then cut them out as shown.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

2. Tack each paper pattern to a piece of dark blue felt, using sewing thread and a few large stitches. Keep your stitches clear of the pattern so they’ll be easy to remove later.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

3. Stitch the snowflakes with white stranded embroidery thread, using backstitch and three of the six strands. When stitching, take care not to trail threads near the edges of the pattern and across gaps where you’ll be cutting later.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

4. Remove the tacking threads and carefully tear away the tissue paper to reveal the stitched designs. Use a pin to remove the smaller pieces of paper from the stitches – this is a bit fiddly, so take your time.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

5. Wrap the wreath base with dark blue yarn. I used two balls of Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran in Navy.

Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base, and switch to the second ball when needed. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

6. Now it’s time to add some sparkle! Tie the loose end of the metallic thread to the wreath base, knotting it securely at the back. Then wrap the thread around the wreath, creating a pattern of silver lines on the dark background. I worked my way around the wreath twice, adding a second set of lines between the ones shown in the first picture but you can add all the lines in one go if you prefer. When you’ve finished adding silver thread, tie a knot securely at the back and trim any loose ends of thread.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

7. Cut out the embroidered snowflakes.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

8. Arrange the snowflakes on the wreath base, as shown, and pin them in position.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

9. Cut a long piece of the metallic thread. Tie one end of the thread to the wreath base close to one of the outermost snowflakes, knotting it securely at the back.

Thread a sewing needle with the loose end then gradually wrap this thread around the wreath, filling in the gaps between the lines of thread already in place and adding beads and sequins to the thread as you work. I added 1-3 embellishments per line, covering the front of the wreath with an even but random-looking spread of beads and sequins.

When the thread is running out use the sewing needle to sew into the yarn at the back of the wreath a few times to secure the thread, then knot it securely and trim any excess.

Repeat this process to gradually cover the wreath base with sparkles.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Once you reach the snowflakes again, wrap the thread underneath the snowflakes and add just a few beads and sequins in the gaps between them.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

10. One by one, glue the snowflakes to the wreath. Begin by moving the pin to one half of the snowflake, lift the other half of the snowflake up then apply glue underneath it. I added glue to the snowflake itself but you could add the glue to the wreath base instead. Carefully press that section of the snowflake in position on the wreath, remove the pin then glue the other half.
I glued my snowflakes so they curve slightly around the shape of the wreath base. For a different look, just add one dab of glue to the centre of each snowflake so the edges remain unattached.

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard

Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath Tutorial by Laura HowardHang the finished wreath directly from a hook or a nail, or hang it using a leftover piece of the dark blue yarn.

Thanks Laura!

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9 DIY ideas for decorating your Christmas Tree in handmade style!

We have so many super fun kits and crafty bits and bobs that would be ideal to help you create that perfect handmade Christmas. Here is a quick round up of some Christmas Tree decoration ideas!

These Tapestry Kits by Stitch Me contain everything you need to make some amazing tree decorations. With lots of designs to choose from they are bound to put a smile on your face.

Tapestry kits christmas decorations

Simply tie some embroidery thread to the top of these cute felt motifs to create instant decorations! Or why not grab some wool felt and cut out your own shapes.

Felt motifs christmas

Buttonbag have created some lovely kits for kids to make up some sweet decorations that can be cherished for years to come! There is a cross stitch reindeer, heart, tree and snowflake as well as felt star, stocking, dove and pudding kits to stitch up.

Buttonbag mini cross stitch Christmas decoration kits

We also have some slightly more detailed felt ornament kits. Here we have a snow globe, baubles and mittens to choose from. They are so cute!

Felt Snowglobe

Right here on The Daily Stitch we have an awesome tutorial to make these vintage-style felt baubles by Laura Howard!

Felt Baubles by Laura Howard

The Make Arcade mini cross stitch kits would make the perfect addition to any Christmas Tree! They have some super cute festive designs.

Mini cross stitch kit christmas

Sew together some felt balls using invisible thread and add some ribbon to make some fun custom-made designs.

Felt ball decoration by Kym Armstrong

Or if you want to keep it super super simple, grab a selection of trims (pompom trim works as a great alternative to tinsel!), buttons, raffia, or even these cute wooden bobbins, and attach to the tree branches with some thread or by tying bows.

There are still some spaces left on our Hand-Sew Christmas Ornaments class with Caroline too. Find out more and sign up here!

Felt ornament sewing class

We hope you have a great time decorating your tree! Tag your festive makes with #thevillagehaberdashery we love to see what you all create!

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The ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for makers! 10 ideas to inspire creativity

Welcome to the second post in our series of Christmas Gift Guides! Today we are sharing some ideas for gifts for all the knitters, sewists, felters, weavers and makers out there! Use it as a guide for giving to the makers in your life…or just go ahead and send a link to this post to your friends and family to make sure you get something you’ll love!

The Village Haberdashery Christmas Gift Guide

Anyone who works with yarn or fabrics will love to receive some Soak modern laundry care products this Christmas! Soak Flatter is a starch-free smoothing spray that relaxes wrinkles and freshens fabrics, leaving it sleek, soft and static-free. Soak Wash is the no-rinse cleanser you can trust for garments and blankets you’ve handmade with love. Both come in a selection of lush flavours like yuzu and pineapple! Find them in the shop here.

Soak Laundry Care

Who wouldn’t want to open up a cute Toft Animal kit on Christmas morning?! We have a great selection of their amigurumi crochet toys designed by Kerry Lord. These animal designs are crocheted in luxury super soft DK weight 100% British wool yarn. This kit attracts all ages and makes a perfect gift for children and adults alike. The animals and creatures are addictive and people are easily ‘hooked’!

Toft Crochet Kits

For more crochet fun we also have these Hipster Tie Kits. They come in a selection of great colours and are suitable for all levels.

Crochet Tie Kits

Whatever you’re interested in, we have a hand-picked selection of lovely craft books available! After the gifts have been opened, there is nothing nicer than settling in with an inspiring new book to flip through! Browse them all here.

Books

For the felters out there we have these sweet felting kits by Gretel Parker! We love the slinky dinky fox and the darling ballerina mouse!

Needle Felting kits

Anyone mentioned that they would like to learn something new…? Weaving is a super fun (and super easy to learn). Get them started with our Pop-up looms. Paired with a Weaving supply pack they will have everything they need to learn a new craft!

Weaving

Has anyone mentioned that they would like to learn something new…? Weaving is a super fun (and super easy to learn) and you can get started with our pop-up looms. Paired with a weaving supply pack they will have everything they need to learn a new craft! Find it all in our weaving section here.

Hannah Bass

Beautifully designed knitting notions from Coco Knits are such a treat to give and receive! We have a great selection of stitch markers, including the new precious metals set, and the lovely yarn snips.

Coco knits

The kits by both Stitch and Story and Loopy Mango were made for gifting! All are suitable for beginners on up and the designs are great! Plus, if you want to swap the colour yarn in your kit just let us know and we can usually make it happen.

Loopy Mango

Also check out the Stitch and Story Sophie La Giraffe kits if you are shopping for grandparents or mums with little ones.

Sophie La Giraffe

Any quilter would be thrilled to receive one our beautiful quilting patterns from designers like Alison Glass and Elizabeth Hartman! You can find a variety of designs in the shop here.

Quilting Patterns

We have a sample sale of some of our past display items! Pop into our West Hampstead store to see if you can find anything for your Christmas shopping!

Sample Sale at The Village Haberdashery

If you are still unsure what to buy, we have Gift Cards which can be spent on anything in store and classes! We also have fabric club subscriptions available that are perfect for quilters.

Colour of the Month

Happy Christmas shopping! Keep an eye out for the final part of our Christmas Gift Guide (stocking fillers!) coming soon!

 

 

 

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