Embroidering

Quite a long time ago, I began to admire embroidered works. I’ve written about such kind of hoop works (ex about Trish Burr), I have even taken an embroidery course by Michalina Mruczek https://www.instagram.com/michalina_mr/ , but I never dared to start embroidering on my drawings. I think such people have a unique talent that I don’t have. I always wanted to paint, but I was never very good at it, so I took up cross-stitching. Still, I’m going to try embroidering, so I’m looking for artists who create patterns. Yesterday I found such lovely charts and would like to share my find with you. Look how beautiful and delicate embroidery patterns this author are created http://www.etsy.com/shop/gesahstudio They can be the best gift not only for Valentine’s Day but and for more occasions!

Trish Burr Embroidery

At the beginning of the year, I noticed incredibly beautiful embroidery on Instagram. It was Spider Chrysanthemum, embroidered by famous needlework expert Trish Burr.  The author announced pre-order for her Book of embroidered flowers and I bought it right away. Then I forgot about that and was very surprised when I got it. It was like a dream! That’s why I’d like to share my joy with you.

So this is The Kew Book of Embroidered Flowers written by Trish Burr and created in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This folder edition is complete with all reusable iron-on transfers you need, safely stored inside the front pocket.

The book contains several very useful sections like What is needle paonting? or Anatomy of a Flower, or Useful advice before you start, and only after them, there are the projects themselves: from simple to complex. There are eleven beautiful embroideries in the Book, reworking of botanical artworks from Kew’s Art Collection. Focusing mainly on long-and-short stitch and Trish’s delicate, considered use of silk shading, the book clearly illustrates all the stitches needed, and gives thorough advice on preparation and choosing fabrics and threads – including a handy thread conversion chart. In one word, this book is perfect if you want to star your adventure with embroidery, which I an going to do in the near future. So wish me luck!

Dogs in Crosstitch

There are two Dog cross stitch patterns at our shop. One of them is new and this is Cane Corso, often called Sicilian Branchiero, counted cross stitch chart. These dogs are not only smart, intelligent and trainable, but assertive and confident at the same time. Cane Corso is a peerless protector. The Corso’s lineage goes back to ancient Roman times, and the breed’s name roughly translates from the Latin as “bodyguard dog.” They are loyal to their human but also assertive and willful, and can end up owning an unwitting owner, so responsible breeding and early socialization with people and other dogs is vital. (from

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The second dog in stitches at the shop is Russian Greyhound or Russian Borzoi – coursing and hunting dog. Which one do you like more?

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Raven Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

When we were in London in September, we planned to visit the Tower of London and we knew that no trip to the Tower would be complete without a sighting of a raven, which is the symbol of Monarchy, tradition, and history. “If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”Or so the legend goes! The ravens were there!

Ravens are one of the smartest animals, which sometimes associated with death and dark omen. Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. But the real bird is somewhat of a mystery. Cultures from Tibet to Greece have seen the raven as a messenger for the gods. Celtic goddesses of warfare often took the form of ravens during battles. The Viking god, Odin, had two ravens, which flew around the world every day and reported back to Odin every night about what they saw – more interesting facts about this bird you can read here

It is said, that people born in the month of Raven find strenth in solitude and don’t like the hustle and bustle. They can also easily find the right solution to any problem because of developed powerful intuition. As Ravens, they are always calm and confident, because these birds are associated with wisdom and insight knowledge. What is your Zodiac sight? Maybe Raven? Or Wolverine? We are going to create more Zodiac sights by Slavic Horoscope, so the theme is continued.

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New Hobby – Embroidery

Last week I ordered this beautiful kit for embroidery from Michalina Mruczek. For a long time, I’ve been thinking that I should try a new way of embroidery. But thoughts like” I can’t do anything”, “I’m not as talented as others”, “I can’t draw, how can I draw with a needle and thread” etc. distress me all the time. But apparently, there was a moment when you had to make a decision. So when I saw on Michalina’s Instagram this kit with embroidery instruction, I ordered it and now it is in front of me – tastefully packed in an eco-friendly box and paper. The kit contains 5″ embroidery Hoop and cardboard bottom for it, Mark & Erase pen, linen fabric, 5 colours hand-dyed mouline, a needle, very detailed instruction and coloured picture of completed embroidery. I’m leaving for London next week, and after I get back, I’m gonna try my hand at it. Wish me luck!