My Second Embroidery Project: Winter Flowers

I’ve started working on the Oh Sew Bootiful Winter Flowers embroidery kit. The name alone gives away that this isn’t seasonally appropriate, as do the flowers on the pre-printed fabric, but I figure I’ll at least finish it in time for winter! To be honest, I’ve owned this kit for a while. In fact, I’ve had it longer than the Strawberry Wreath embroidery kit. I felt too intimidated by the thought of teaching myself a new craft to get started on it. Then I discovered the strawberry wreath kit and felt it’d be more appropriate for a beginner’s project.

Winter Flowers embroidery kit

What’s in the kit?

  • DMC Stranded Cotton
  • A 6 inch Elbesee hard wood hoop
  • The pre-printed pattern
  • 2 x John James embroidery needles
  • Padding
  • An ‘Embroidery Tips’ booklet
  • A Stitch Guide for the design including step by step, illustrated instructions

The instructions are honestly better than those from Rico Design for the strawberry wreath project. Or maybe it’s just that the techniques and stitch terms don’t seem so foreign to me anymore. Working with the padding is a bit tricky, but apparently the stitches will look better in the end. I’ll trust the process and try not to get my stitches entangled in it too much!

As you can see, I’m not very far into this project yet. In the past few days, I’ve been slowly stitching away whenever I had a spare ten minutes. I really enjoy this aspect of embroidery. With knitting, you always have to keep in mind in which row you are, or jot it down at least. Frankly, I can’t tell you how often I’ve picked up a project again after a couple of weeks or months, and been utterly confused. In contrast I can just take out this embroidery hoop and stitch a flower, no big deal. It’s really fun!

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