Along with the modern quilt movement, embroidery and stitching are getting a modern makeover, too. One of our favorite discoveries at Quilt Market, and the first booth we stepped into, was Red Gate Stitchery. I love having portable projects that I can take back and forth between my studio and home. It is so easy to slip hoop, needle and thread into a bag and have some hand work on the go. The only problem with this is I let these projects pile up and the lovely little embroidery work just needs to be turned into a finished project. That doesn’t always happen. Susan Fitzgerald, the designer behind Red Gate Stitchery, felt the same way.
Susan played around with unconventional materials like leather, acrylic and bamboo to make substrates for embroidery and cross stitch that do not require finishing. It is instant gratification after the stitching is done! These projects also stitch up really fast! My favorite are from her straight stitch collection which are a series of hand stitched bamboo necklaces.
I started working up this kit with two threads (the included instructions called for one). The pendant, floss, needle and instructions were all included in the kit. The only thing you need on hand are a little pair of thread snips. Love it!
She also offers bamboo pendant blanks in her Etsy shop so you can branch out and design your own. She has templates on her website so you can doodle up a design before you start stitching.
The other OMG find at market was from Aurifil. Their threads have always been the go to for thread snobs like us. In addition to machine weight cotton, they also have 12 wt cotton, linen and wool for handwork. It is absolutely delicious! To make an embroidery girl’s dreams come true they have 6 strand floss on lovely little wooden spools that will make you want to cry. I have piles of old school DMC at home but this little spools of love are just fabulous. They are a little pricier than the old standard but each spool has 18 yards of floss instead of the usually 8. The presentation is just perfect, too.
Want to try your “hand” at embroidery with Aurifil threads?! Leave a comment here and we will give away this collection box! We will end the comments at midnight ET on Sunday, November 16th and announce the winner on Monday!
Good luck and Happy Stitching!