I *think* it's done. This is the first in a series of new kits I'll be making that are all florals all the time. Meaning- no text. It's a big shift for me to not include my political agenda in these patterns, but sometimes a little respite does us good. Inspired by @riflepaperco florals because - aren't we all???
A huge new batch of needle minders just got listed. Some of the same, some in a new size and some for the last time! These are the last of these patterns you'll see from us 😪 as advocates for sustainable practices we only used scrap and vintage fabric for our needle minders, so once they're gone, they're gone. Get em while you can!
Ingredient no. 9 - "felt for framing" - each kit comes packaged with a piece of USA made felt. • • • before framing your finished stitches, trace the inside of the outer hoop ring onto the felt. Cut out the traced circle and set aside for the final steps. • • • felt is a great way to finish an embroidery hoop because it's sturdy and it stretches. Felt can be stitched with a tapestry needle and if the piece you cut starts to go awry, it can be easily manipulated and stretched to your needs. • • • felt adds an heirloom quality to your kit by encasing all stitches and framing supplies in the hoop. It also gives the hoop a flat surface to sit against the wall better. • • • Junebug and Darlin tries our hardest to create a use ALL materials and eliminate waste. So every now and again we end up with scrap pieces of felt- that's what your tapestry needles get attached to! It's cute, it's practical, and it's sustainable.
Ingredient no. 8 - "embroidery hoop" each kit is royally packed with a wood embroidery hoop perfect for the pattern size purchased. These hoops add a bit of nostalgic beauty to each finished stitch. • • • embroidery hoops come with 3 pieces. The outer ring, inner ring, and screw that holds them both together. Getting taught cloth is a dance between pulling the cloth and tightening the screw. A tight screw is a happy hoop 😉 • • • finished pieces can be hung with a string, ribbon or nail from the crux of the screw.
Ingredient no. 7 - "batting for backing" - Batting is the invisible finishing touch to your stitching process that takes your work from everyday to heirloom quality. The batting in our kits is 100% organic cotton and made in the US. • • • batting gets sandwiched in your hoop behind the finished stitches. Adding this extra piece of cloth puffs up your stitches and prevents the Aida from falling back into the hoop over time. After all, you've spent so much time on your project- it might as well last forever!
Ingredient no. 3 - "Aida cloth". Let's talk about Aida! Arguably the most important part of cross stitching is the cloth. We use 14 count Aida in our kits. 14 refers to the number of squares per inch. However, our patterns are divided up with a 10x10 grid. Trust us- it's a lot easier to count by 10s than by 14s. • • • to start, first fold your Aida in half and then half again. This will show you the true center of your cloth and is the perfect place to start stitching so you don't fall off the edge. • • • Tip! You can use a water erasable pen to mark your 10x10 squares to better help you transfer your pattern to stitches. This pen's ink will wash off your cloth when your wash your finished stitches. (You can also use thread for this, but I prefer a pen. It's not as messy.)
Ingredient no. 1 | "instructions for stitching" - every kit and PDF purchased comes with instructions created by us, specific to our kits. We've even drawn cute little diagrams to follow! • • • these instructions have 16 steps. They walk you through reading your pattern, preparing your floss, how to stitch, backing your work and all the steps in between. • • • Our manifesto includes making kits that are accessible. There are no hidden secrets in these directions because crafting should be fun and rewarding. These are the things we know and you should know them too! • • • that being said, we are not the keepers of all knowledge. There is some amazing information on the internet that comes in the form of pictographs and even video tutorials. Don't hesitate to watch these videos! Some people learn better from watching so go and explore.
"Under the Bower" - a brand-new cross-stitch kit, available for pre-order very soon! I'm so excited to share this first close-up of the new pattern with you all. I've been working very hard these last days to plan, develop, and stitch this kit for you. I will send out a newsletter later today with all the details, more photos of the pattern, and when the kits will be sent out. So if you're not yet on my mailing list, make sure to head over to modernfolkembroidery.com now, and sign up!
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