Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Embroidered Bees and a Giveaway

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I came across a beautiful whitework embroidered bee on Pinterest. I was fascinated by it.

The pattern was created by Sarah Homfray. Sarah has achieved one of my life-long desires in attending the Royal School of Needlework in England. She teaches embroidery classes in England. You can see more of her work, and sign up for her classes on her website, SarahHomfray.com.


I ordered the pattern for the bee from Sarah on Etsy (using money I had saved from taking surveys) and I made the lavender sachet above. I embroidered the bee using a combination of a single strand of white pearl cotton thread, and a single strand of white embroidery thread. The entire thing could be stitched with two strands of white embroidery thread for the most frugal option. I love whitework and have recently started stitching with DMC pearl cotton in size 12, as I like only needing to cut a single strand and not having to separate the threads. I bought mine with a 40% off coupon at Joann's; Amazon has it for close to the same price I paid.

I embroidered it on a 5 inch scrap of linen, and transferred the pattern with a blue Mark B Gone pen. The pen disappears with water when you are done stitching. I left one end open and stuffed it with lavender buds.



I then used the pattern again to embroider a handkerchief for myself. This time, I embroidered the entire thing in pearl cotton, and I spaced the buttonhole stitches much closer together on the body of the bee.

I am envisioning several other ideas with it; I've pinned several bee embroidery ideas on my embroidery board on Pinterest, which I may make using this same pattern. I also think it would be beautiful on a girl's dress.


Today, I'm giving away a copy of this pattern to one lucky reader! The reader will receive a pdf pattern of this bee with stitching instructions. This giveaway is open to all readers worldwide!

To enter, please enter in the Rafflecopter box below, and leave a blog comment telling me on which embroidery project you currently are working/are planning to work on next!

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111 comments:

  1. I am making pillow cases for myself and my husband that I am embrodering så you can tell which is which. I am also thinking of embrodering something on my favorit top that got a stain that don´t go away in the washer.

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  2. What a nice giveaway! Thank you! I've been embroidering for almost 60 years. My mother taught me when I was a young girl. She had me embroider a 7 piece set of dish towels. I've always loved doing it and even taught the little girl next door last summer.

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  3. I've got a pair of pillowcases I need to finish...but the garden keeps me busy in the summer. I love this Bee pattern so the weeds would have to grow!

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  4. That is lovely!
    thanks so very much!

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  5. I plan to embroider on a corner of each tea towel (or flour sack towel) to personalize them. These are great for drying dishes, and will make nice gifts for friends/family. I would also like to do a few handkerchiefs as well.

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  6. I'm working on a Christmas project. Never too early to get started!

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  7. I recently ordered a digital cross stitch pattern of a farm scene with a bee skep in the front and an old farmhouse in the background. I cannot wait to begin the project. I am a beekeeper and I absolutely love all things bees. Your work is very beautiful!

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  8. I love this bee embroidery pattern! I am currently embroidering tea towels with a bell Christmas motif as Christmas gifts for my mother and aunt. I am interested in next embroidering the french knot ship for a friend's Christmas gift. Would love to add this bee to my gift patterns! Thank you for the opportunity. Your sachet and hankie look beautiful.

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  9. I am going to start embroidering pillowcases for a wedding gift.

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  10. I'm cross stitching a lovely apron for my Nana for Christmas :)

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  11. I'm still very much a beginner when it comes to embroidery, but I would eventually like to do handkerchiefs, pillows, and wall hangings for my children.

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  12. Embroidering free-form on a crazy-quilt

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  13. I love the Bee! i would love to embroider this on a hanky for myself. I am currently planning on a primitive pillow to embroider. Thanks you for the giveaway!
    Lisa N

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  14. I am working on some pillowcases as Christmas gifts. I know several people who like the 'country' style etc. So I am putting flowers on the open end of pillowcases and using hand made 'tatting' on the end of the cases.

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  15. I do a great deal of knitting and embroidery. I can't remember the last time I did any embroidery, but I am inspired by the photos that you post of your projects. I'd really enjoy honing that art too. My idea would be to make dresses for my two granddaughter and then to embroider some design on each one.

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  16. I have just found your blog from Sweet Blondie Blue Eyes, I absolutely love your bee and would love to win the pattern. I am currently making some lavender sachets in hardanger and a whitework bee would be a lovely change.
    Kathy

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  17. Love this! I will be making this on hand towels for my kitchen. This is my first time so very nervous, but will try. Thank you for all your inspiration:)

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  18. Your stitching is lovely. I have 2 sewing projects to complete first, but my next embroidery project will certainly have a bee on it! Wonderful giveaway, thank you!

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  19. I'm working on embroidering quotes onto large towels to use as dish mats right now. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  20. Love this bee! Would make a great gift !

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  21. I love the bee pattern! I am planning to start Christmas tree ornaments soon for Sunday School teachers, aunts etc.

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  22. I never knew that there was a Royal School of Needlework in England. I hope you get to go sooner rather than later. Your work is lovely.

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  23. I would love to win this pattern! I'm currently working on a wall hanging for my daughter's room. I haven't done needlework in years and it's been fun to pick it back up again.

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  24. Your work is so beautiful. I love the idea of embroidering the bee on handkercheifs. Currently I have a Hardanger table runner that I am working on. I love doing handwork--knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. I find it to be relaxing.

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  25. Right now I am not working on anything as it is garden time, but I love to have something to work on when fall and winter comes. I am just learning, but I love this pattern and would love to be able to practice.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com
    Wendy Clark

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  26. Your embroidery work is so lovely and inspiring. I really need to go back to your handkerchief post and start working on some for Christmas gifts. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  27. What a gorgeous design! And everyone loves a lavender sachet.

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  28. A beginner, but love this bee. I was thinking of a handkerchief for myself.

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  29. I'd love to embroider this bee on a towel for my kitchen.

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  30. I'm working on some blackwork for a quilt in between cross-stitch Christmas stockings. My younger kids might be teens before they get their finished stockings!

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  31. My plan is to embroider a picture of a girl reading on the corner of a bag I'm making for my daughter's library books for Christmas.

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  32. I just finished embroidering a baby shirt, but it didn't turn out how I had hoped. So I think I'll be trying again very soon.

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  33. I love the contrast with just the one color. It's beeeutiful!

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  34. I need to finish a monogram for my daughter on a felt zipper pouch. This will be her pencil bag for school which starts in four weeks.

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  35. I've never actually embroidered anything, but I've always wanted to try it. I do a decent amount of sewing and am working on several Christmas gifts now. I think several bees would look nice on a pillowcase.

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  36. I am not currently working on anything, but I would love to teach my girls!

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  37. Beautiful! I have a particular fondness for bees. I am currently working on embroidered nativity scenes to be framed for Christmas gifts.

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  38. I just love your embroidery. Your photos are not shabby either.����

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  39. I am not embroidering anything currently, but we have a new grandbaby coming in Dec., and we are supposed to find out the gender this week. Then I can think of something fun for the new baby.

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  40. I'm working on a cross stitch sampler

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  41. I'm working on the Daisychain sampler from Alicia Paulson. So perfect for summer!

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  42. I would love to work on a sampler for my new daughter, or to cross stitch a giant initial for her wall. Maybe after the newborn days slow down a bit! :)

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  43. I am not currently embroidering anything but i am working on a counted cross stitch project. I would love to embroider this bee next! Thank you.

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  44. I actually just finished embroidering our last name initial on a tea towel for the kitchen.

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  45. These are beautiful. I really love the white on white.

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  46. I have started making some of my hand made Christmas gifts. I am doing some fabric covered hangers for the women and girls in my life. Some from vintage linens, some from quilting blocks I have made that did not get into a quilt, and some just plain linen fabric. I thought I would embroider something pretty on the plain linen.

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  47. I have not embroidered in over 36 years (since I was a teenager). You have inspired me to start again. Your embroideries are beautiful to me (along with your other handy works!)

    Sincerely,
    Debra F.
    from NC

    P.S. Your site allowed me to enter with my LiveMail email account but it would not allow me to preview.

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    1. I'm glad you can comment! I just use blogger's comment box, so I have no control over the way they allow comments to be previewed. When comments come through, I read them and hit publish. Unfortunately some people's comments are not coming through to me at all lately, and I don't know why!

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  48. Thank you for the giveaway! I am not currently working on an embroidery project....though would like
    to embroider some cloth napkins and linen towels for Christmas presents.

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  49. I'm working on some ladies hankies.

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  50. Your embroidery and your photography are lovely! I am working on a little bib for my newest grand-daughter. I found a four piece layette to embroider at a thrift store for $1. She will get the bib and the other pieces will go to future babies. :)

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  51. I would like to embroider some napkins or a dishtowel!

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  52. I have not done embroidery in many years but this bee is so beautiful I would like to try again. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  53. I love the bee embroidery, I would love to embroider bees along the hem of my kitchen curtains.
    Love the blog!!!

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  54. Hi Dear,
    I don't comment because of the giveaway. I just found you and don't wont to leave without writing you that this is a lovely and very charming blog! Love your work and pitures!
    All my best from Austria
    Elisabeth

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  55. I love the bee embroidery!! I am currently embroidering tea towels, but I would love to embroider this bee several times on a throw pillow for my living room. It is so pretty!

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  56. The last embroidery project I worked on was on white flour sack kitchen towels using red embroidery thread. LOVED it. I am excited for this bee pattern. Our homeschool is called Beehive Academy and I collect all things beehive and bee related to decorate through out the house. Such a lovely pattern!

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  57. your work is beautiful. love the white on white

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  58. I re-embroidered a teddy bear face to fix a well-loved friend for one of my littles. I am considering what to add to a dress pocket next.

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  59. I have not embroidered since my second son was born, but l would love to again

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  60. I'm working on some Christmas dollies for family.

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  61. Embroidery is not one of my accomplishments. I tried counted cross stitch, but tore it out so many times, there was little fabric left! We don't seem to teach the next generation in our family, but they find their way anyhow. My mother quilted and embroidered. I have quilted a little, but mostly sew and knit. My older DD was a sewer and liked to crochet (taught herself the crocheting) and my younger DD does beautiful counted cross stitch and knits some as well. My granddaughter hasn't chosen a craft yet, unless it's decorating....she has an artist's eye for it, and hangs around antique stores at lot--she's 22 and just finished college with two B.A.'s She loves all types of art, and is quite a good photographer as well. There is some "showing" how things are done, but everyone finds their own way eventually--it's crazy, but it works for us.

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    1. I was also a counted cross stitch failure! I always lost count! I haven't tried other kinds of embroidery, like marking a pattern with a pen--it might work better for me. I also failed to learn to knit :-(. I do sew--my favorite project so far is a reversible calico-and-gingham apron (with a contrasting accent pocket) that I made for my best friend, who is too tall for store-bought aprons and who had always admired the one my mother had made for me. (We bake cookies together every year at Christmas.)

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  62. I am working on Hope Chests for my granddaughters. The sweet little bees would look lovely on a set of tea towels. I love your blog, you are always so inspiring. J Lynn

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  63. I adore this bee pattern. I want to make a bee themed item for my sister for Christmas too.

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  64. I love it, so beautiful. I do mostly cross-stitch, but have been working at my embroidery skills.

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  65. I haven't started yet but I intend to embroider tea towels for Christmas gifts- I am still knitting the dish cloths they will go with.

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  66. what pretty bees, I am working on a small picture embroidery which I found in 'My Grandmothers Patchwork Quilt' I can think of many instances of using the bee pattern maybe edging on pillow slips, around the bottom of a blind, the list is endless.

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  67. Hello, I tried to use your copter but didn't leave a comment, for some reason it wasn't possible. I have left my comment here instead. I hope this is ok could I still be entered into the prize draw please?

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    1. The way Rafflecopter works for entering a contest--you have to leave a comment here (which you did) and then enter in the Raflecopter box that you did so. Make sure you've entered your name and email in the Rafflecopter box; at the end of the contest, it will choose a random winner from me and I will contact the winner through the email entered in the Rafflecopter box.

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    2. ok thanks for letting me know, all's well!

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  68. I've just started a little cross stitch picture that I was given as a present. That bee is lovely : )

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  69. I am working on an 'S' for my parents to frame. It's white on white linen with colored flowers.

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  70. I don't know how to embroidery but I would like to learn!

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  71. I don't think my first try posted. I am working on a dish towel with a larkspur flower on it for a gift.

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  72. My daughter is getting married, I would like to embroider a satin handkerchief for her to carry. The bee would be lovely.

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  73. I am not working on anything right now but would love to do this!

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  74. The white on white looks lovely.

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  75. I love this!!! I currently have 3 honey bee hives.
    I would bee very happy to win this. I would use the pattern to make a pillowcase.

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  76. Very lovely! I am working on blue and white pillows for my blue bedroom.

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  77. I am currently working on embroidery the bodice of a dress for my daughter who is almost 10 months old. I would love to win a copy of the pattern and would most likely use it for myself and her.

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  78. I love the pattern! I hope to someday try my hand at raising honeybees when I retire. Right now I have just finished an embroidery wall hanging that I quilted also. Working on throw pillows for my children for Christmas.

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  79. I love the bee and the white-on-white embroidery!

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  80. I just finished embroidering a table runner with pastel roses. My next project is actually lavender filled bags too :) The bee is gorgeous, especially in white!

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  81. I have not embroidered anything in years but would love to take it back up! I spend most of my time now quilting.

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  82. Your handiwork is beautiful!

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  83. I am working on quilts for my children. I would love to embroider their names on them.

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  84. I am making my daughter a crazy quilt.

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  85. Good morning! I just noticed I didn't mention my next project. It will be a handkerchief for my sister's wedding.

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  86. I think it is so funny that you posted this - I have been longing to learn how to embroider (mostly due to seeing the beautiful things you have posted), but haven't done anything about it. I got to thinking this week that I should look online, as surely someone would have video tutorials! I am so glad you posted Sarah's info - I am going to hop on over there and see what I can learn! But in order to enter the giveaway - I have not been embroidering anything, yet! :)

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  87. Not sure If last comment went through. I truly enjoy blog.

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  88. i am not currently embroidering but this makes me want to pick back up again! great job Brandy!!

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  89. wsow.. this is really a very pretty embroidery piece.. I'm currently working through some christmas ornaments for craft exchanges.. ;)
    thank you for a chance to win

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  90. I am working on 2 embroidery projects right now....a tea towel and a sampler. Blessings from Kansas! Gail

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  91. I have never embroidered but would love to try as it looks beautiful. I saw a gorgeous hen pattern on Pinterest in what they called a redwork but it was for machine embroidery :(

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  92. I am working on a pair of pillowcases with a floral embroidery. I would love to have this bee pattern.

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  93. I'm working on some hankies for Christmas gifts. :)

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  94. What a fun gift. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  95. I haven't embroidered in MANY years, but would love to get back into it!

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  96. I smock for my girls, and usually have several dresses going. We are FINALLY moving to the country, and I want each of them to embroider a pillow for their bed. I think we will copy a cute font, and just wing it!

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  97. This is darling. I haven't embroidered in awhile, but I'd love to try this!
    Lizzy

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  98. I love this! I just started to embroider and would love to embroider this one.
    Brittany

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  99. I'm going to make my niece an apron for her birthday and I'm going to embroider a cupcake on it (and use long beads for sprinkles).

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  100. I make embroideries of herb plants and country kitchen scenes. I got the patterns from Walmart with gift cards I earned on swagbucks! I usually give away my embroideries to friends.

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  101. I'm embroidering faces on some small felt farm animals I made using blanket stitch that I am setting aside to give my son for Christmas. Your sachet is such a beautiful project, I've been keeping my eye out for this post since

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  102. Oops!...since I noticed your post on facebook

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  103. Wow! I love the unfinished chalk marks and stains! Is there a name or address to research the embroiderer? I would try to look into it and if nothing, I would make up a history. The piece could become an artwork between stitchers through time, though I would leave the original stitches as is and add new completely different images too. Enjoy whatever you decide:)

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