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.
A woodland themed block in red and aqua for Briana. Pattern also from A Rainbow of Stitches.
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!
And finally a Christmas themed block for Jessica. Pattern from… here!
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!