Playing with hot-iron embroidery transfer, and some shop news

Here’s something I had a little fun with when I was making samples for one of the new hot-iron embroidery transfer sheets (Bewitching Botanicals):

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Random stitch sampler! I tried to use quick and casual (and I think easy) stitches, though I did flip through my trusty Embroidery Stitch Bible, just to get some ideas.

One thing I don’t like about always strictly following the rules of folklore embroidery is that because you only use a few stitches within a particular style (or regional variation), it can get kind of monotonous. (Well okay, let’s be honest, it can get a little tiny bit boring.) So I decided to break the rules and have a little fun with it! Pretty anyway, no?

(And now I want to go hide in my room with all my ironed-on iron-on patterns and some thread and a needle… Guess what’s not going to happen!)

In other news, I’ve set up a dedicated online store for the core Kate & Rose products: the patterns and hot-iron transfers. All of these are now available for wholesale. If you have a shop, or know of a shop that might be interested in carrying any of these products, let me know! Write to info@kate-and-rose.com, or use the form on the contact page or wholesale inquiry page.

I’m using Storenvy, which seems easy and pleasant so far.

I’m keeping the Kate & Rose Etsy shop open too, with a changing selection of all sorts of things folksy, as well as the PDF versions of the patterns and hot-iron transfers.

(Update: so the first image I posted had a mis-writing in it – it should have said ‘Feather stitch’ where it said ‘Buttonhole stitch’ – all fixed now. Goes to show I should not hurry-up-and-post anything while I have a child home sick and it’s the end of the day and said child is getting restless.)

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