I think a reason embroidery has endured the test of time is in part due to it’s rhythmic and flexible nature. A little thread. A little time. A little something. It need not be practical, simply making for the sake of making. It can be as simple or as grand as you desire.
Embroidery is a humble craft, a needle and some thread is all you really need to begin. An old shirt, tea-towel, pillowcase ~ any fabric surface would be delighted to be decorated by your clever self. A hoop is recommended, to keep the fabric taught, however it is not completely necessary. Many of my personal hoops have been thrifted from the dusty corner of my favourite op shops.
In my personal research of my family history, I found Irish roots. Discovering this quote from author, broadcaster and scholar, Frank Delaney brings such a smile to my face as I nod along to his words.
”We Irish prefer embroideries to plain cloth. To us Irish, memory is a canvas – stretched and primed, and ready for painting on. We love the ‘story’ part of ‘history’, and we love it trimmed out with colour and drama, ribbons and bows. Listen to our tunes, observe a Celtic scroll: we always decorate our essence.”Frank Delaney
Embroidery was always meant to find me. And it is a joy to share it with you. If you have found yourself here, wondering how to bring a little thread into your days, here is a gentle start. As a self taught embroidery artist, it was freely shared information that helped me learn the basics. Add a little time and practice and you’ll be creating your very own art! Below is my stitch guide to my always used four basic stitches. If you’d like to learn more you can find my entire Abstract Botanical Embroidery PDF Guide linked below for you to download & enjoy! If you need any help, or have made something inspired by what you’ve learnt here, I’d love for you to share over on Instagram with me @kaciewiththread