embroider-bee blocks

As most of my embroider-bee blocks have arrived at their destinations, I thought I’d share some pics. These were a lot of fun to put together, although I learnt (and this is really something I should know by now) that I’m truly terrible with long deadlines. I left these waaaay to late and ended up missing the deadline by a week.

Anyway, here they are. First up, a flowery block in red and aqua for Colette. Pattern from A Rainbow of Stitches.

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A woodland themed block in red and aqua for Briana. Pattern also from A Rainbow of Stitches.

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A district map of Paris for Susan complete with a little Eiffel Tower and numbered districts. Pattern from, wait for it… A Rainbow of Stitches!

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And finally a Christmas themed block for Jessica. Pattern from… here!

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The way embroider-bee works is that everyone gets the fabric colour choices and embroidery themes from the other people in the bee. You then make one block for each person, in fabric of their colour choice, including embroidery according to their theme.

I hadn’t thought that fabric would be tricky, but it was. There’s one LQS nearby and they tend to specialise in moda florals, which didn’t really fit the bill. There’s also another store but they have the entire range of Amy Butler’s Love and very little else. As a result, the fabric choices were basically done by picking the only fabric in the specified colour, with some of the blocks using the same fabric. This was kinda stressful as I really felt like I wasn’t picking fabrics for the person, just picking anything that would work.

But they’re done, and everyone who’s had theirs seems to like them, which is a big relief!!

I would totally recommend A Rainbow of Stitches for anyone looking for embroidery inspiration. It’s got loads of super cute embroidery patterns and is fun just to flick through!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nana
    Oct 25, 2010 @ 20:58:53

    Beautiful embroidery, and I love the way you set the blocks.

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  2. elle
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 01:23:22

    These are just very, very lovely!

    Reply

  3. Susan
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 08:55:44

    Kate, your blog post is great! Just wanted you tell you that the book you used for most of the blocks is a compilation of a couple of books I have by the same authors, hence the familiarity to me of the Paris map. In Australia (and France cos I bought one when I was there in July) they came out in ‘color’ themed books. I have a large one called Red, Blue and White and the one I bought in Paris is “Rose”. There is a Black one and a Green one too! You are much more lucky than me – having them all in ONE book and for a very reasonable price. Great work!

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  4. Kris
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 11:51:51

    Your embroidery is beautiful!!

    Reply

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