The Stitch & Thimble is my digital hand embroidery publication, which I create from scratch four times a year. Each edition features five new and original designs for surface embroidery projects, including instructions for making the finished items. And I've upped the ante since the 11th edition, doubling the size of the publication by adding a host of new needlework-related features.
My aim with The Stitch & Thimble, as with all my designs, is to help keep the art of hand embroidery alive and evolving by incorporating the many stitches at our disposal - some forgotten or fallen out of favour - into contemporary designs with practical applications. Inside, you'll find inspiring projects, fun reads and clickable links to online resources.
This is a 36-page digital publication in PDF format.
New Vintage project - fabric building blocks with Victorian-inspired lettering
How to : Embroidered appliqu - photographic, step-by-step instructions NEW
Isolated knots explored - an in-depth look at five different knots NEW
Elephant sampler - create stitched patterns with knots
African animal templates - four more designs with three suggested DMC colourways NEW
Bits & Pieces - cotton trivia, online stitch dictionaries reviewed, test your needlework knowledge and more... NEW
Viva embroidery - a look at the needlework (r)evolution sweeping the world NEW
Softie toys project - soft and squashy critters for little people
Sun hat project - a wide-brimmed hat to project young skin and eyes
Quick Stitch project - a tactile taglet to make in a day
(c) 2013 Please be aware that I, Kelly Fletcher, retain the copyright for this publication, including all embroidery designs, instructions, patterns, text, design elements and photographs. It is for personal use only and by buying it, you are agreeing not to forward, upload, duplicate, pass on or sell the publication or part thereof. Thanks for respecting the hard work that goes into creating The Stitch & Thimble.
I quickly ran out of projects to stitch when I started embroidering a good few years back now and began coming up with my own more modern designs, using the skills I'd picked up working in the media industry. It was a small leap from there to making these designs available to others who might be in the same boat. I launched my website and first online pattern shop in 2009 while living in London ...
I quickly ran out of projects to stitch when I started embroidering a good few years back now and began coming up with my own more modern designs, using the skills I'd picked up working in the media industry. It was a small leap from there to making these designs available to others who might be in the same boat. I launched my website and first online pattern shop in 2009 while living in London in the UK. But I now work from home in Johannesburg, coming up with fresh, contemporary designs that use a variety of surface embroidery stitches.