Monday 2 October 2023

The Sycamore Gap Tree - Free Felt Ornament Tutorial

Sew a felt ornament to commemorate the beautiful (and now sadly felled) Sycamore Gap tree on Hadrian's Wall!

The shocking news has prompted such an outpouring of love for the tree, and for our connections with nature and the landscapes that mean so much to us.

I thought it would be nice to design a felt ornament to celebrate and remember that specialness!

The step by step sewing tutorial includes templates and instructions for making three different Sycamore Gap ornaments - a sunny summer's day, a sunset scene, and a night-time scene with a starry sky.

Choose the design you prefer, or make the whole set!

Click here to find the free downloadable Sycamore Gap pattern on my Patreon.

Friday 8 September 2023

Hello Autumn: A Little Tree Embroidery Pattern

A few years ago I shared some little tree embroidery patterns, and a "Hello Spring" pattern featuring one of the trees.  

Obviously I couldn't resist revisiting the design to create an autumnal version! 

I've replaced "hello spring" with "hello autumn" (of course) and swapped out the flowers for some leaves and mushrooms. 

Printed at 100% the design fits nicely in a 4 inch embroidery hoop. You could use it to make a seasonal decoration, or stitch it on a patchwork panel or another larger sewing project.  

Here's how my finished spring embroidery turned out:

I embroidered my "hello spring" design mainly with backstitch, which would also work great for the autumn version. I used stranded embroidery thread (floss), stitching with three of the six strands from the skein. 

After sewing the main lines of the tree, I added some extra lines of running stitch for more detail and general cuteness. I used the same shade of green throughout but you could use two or three different shades of brown and orange when you're sewing your autumnal tree, to represent the changing colours of the leaves. Scattered single stitches would also look great to fill up the canopy shape!


This pattern is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many trees as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't use it to make anything for sale. Thanks!

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Monday 22 May 2023

Ice Lollies: Summer Sampler Embroidery Patterns

Stitch a colourful ice lolly or two with a pair of embroidery patterns, now available on my Patreon!

There are two lolly designs to choose from - this classic lolly shape, and a rocket lolly.

Printed at 100% each lolly pattern fits nicely inside a 6 inch embroidery hoop. They're easy to sew and would be a great project to make with your kids or when you want to learn some new decorative stitches.

Use backstitch or your own favourite line stitch to embroider your chosen pattern...

 ... then get creative and fill in the different sections with fun stitches! 

I used a full thickness (all six strands) of embroidery thread (floss) for the lolly outline, then two strands of thread for the details. 

 From top to bottom, I used: single scattered stitches, French knots, sheaf stitch, and chain stitch.

This pair of ice lolly embroidery patterns are now available in my Patreon pattern library.

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Thursday 18 May 2023

FREE Felt Tampongate Ornament Tutorial & Happy Tampon Embroidery Pattern

This Coronation-inspired project definitely isn't everyone's cup of tea but the idea popped into my head and I simply could not resist making it!! Sorry!! :)

Sew a very silly, VERY CHEEKY ornament to celebrate the Coronation, the classic Royal scandal that was Tampongate, and the relationship between our King and Queen* 



(*I think The Tampon Conversation is actually a very cute and funny example of how well suited they are for each other!) 

As well as templates and instructions for sewing a Tampongate ornament, I've also included an embroidery pattern version of the design which fits neatly in a 3 inch embroidery hoop.

There's also an embroidery pattern of a cute little tampon on its own, and of course you can leave off the felt crown and just make a felt tampon ornament for any occasion!

Charles & Camilla Tampongate Felt Ornament


A little felt tampon ornament would be fun to stitch as a first period present, to fundraise to help women and girls in period poverty, or just to help promote more open and relaxed conversations around the topic of periods. 

And the happy tampon pattern would look very cute stitched on a pouch for storing your period supplies!

Charles & Camilla Tampongate Felt Ornament

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