Isn’t it the cutest?! Embroidery is something I’ve been wanting to do for ages (ok, since I saw my friend Gude’s amazing embroidery round her house) but I’ve always thought it would be too tricky, to difficult for me to do and if I’m honest, when I looked at starting all the embroidery kits I saw were a bit dull so I was really excited when Homecrafts asked if I would work with them to share this sweet bear embroidery kit with you. I think I might be a bit in love??
Bear Embroidery Kit
The kit itself is one of five embroidery kits that Homecraft sell with the others including a unicorn, a puffin and a totally Instagram worthy alpaca. The kits come with everything you need with a hoop, threads, needle, pre-printed cotton and a guide to each of the stitches, all you need to find yourself is some scissors for cutting the thread to length and an iron to get your fabric all nice and flat before you get started.
I’m going to admit that after my initial enthusiasm at this project I totally panicked – embroidery is way out of my comfort zone and I hadn’t even heard of half the stitches before, let alone tried them so I started off with the easy stuff, single stitches and running stitches so I could get my confidence up a bit.
After trying out a few colours and stitches I remembered that actually I’m a grown up and sewing shouldn’t really put the fear up me at this age so I sat down and read the guide and attempted my first French Knot and… it was ok! I mean, it wasn’t the best one I did but it was perfectly acceptable and after a couple more I felt confident doing them, then trying out Fly Stitching and Feather Stitching too until my bear was completed.
After having tided up the back of my embroidery hoop I’m really pleased with how the finished bear looks – one for the wall I think – and it’s given me the confidence to try out more embroidery in future too. The Homecraft Embroidery kits are a great way to start a new challenge and one that looks super cool too! Which kit would you try?