accessories, sewing

Peony Patterns Winterberry Hand Embroidery {Release}

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee

This Thanksgiving, we packed up the car and drove from Washington, DC down to the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee! We had such a great time, but I knew the drive would be 8 hours each way, so I had to be prepared! I printed out the new Winterberry Hand Embroidery Pattern from Peony Patterns, and stitched most of it in the car ride! It definitely helped pass the time in a creative way – though it was certainly sad when the sun went down!

Winterberry contains various Christmas/winter holiday themed designs in multiple sizes, so the small ones are especially perfect for beginners or anyone under a time crunch! I used the small motifs to create reindeer, wreath and garland ornaments – they’re now hung up on our tree in 3″ hoops!

The instructions are geared towards beginners, providing step-by-step directions for each element of the project. Warning: you’ll quickly get hooked on this hobby! I assure you though: it’s a significantly cheaper hobby than machine sewing!

Maybe you’re thinking you’d like to get a friend, child, or yourself into hand embroidery. A starter kit would be a great gift! I recommend building one with the following things (most of this is available at JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Amazon, Etsy and many yarn stores):

Happy stitching! (And of course, be sure to check out all the wonderful embroidery patterns at Peony Patterns!)

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