A Forgotten Piece of Free Style Embroidery

I was reminded the other day how a piece of forgotten embroidery can take you back and remind you of happy times with loved ones that are no longer with you and how calming and soothing and indeed personal a piece of stitching becomes.

Its over a year now that my mum passed away. However the other day I found myself looking through a couple of boxes of Mum’s stitching and finished pieces which I had put to one side.  Although this beautiful piece of work stitched by Mum is personal to me, I could not let it go without sharing it with you.

Free Style Embroidery 

This piece of embroidery formed part of a collection of kits designed by W.M Briggs & Co which were most probably available for sale between the mid 1970’s to the late 1980’s. Its a piece of embroidery purchased as a kit complete with instructions and thread but still, when stitched, a personal and unique piece of Mum’s work and now something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

What is Free Style Embroidery?

Free Style Embroidery is, as the name suggests, a piece of embroidery where creativity and inspiration have no boundaries starting from a basic piece of fabric and finishing with a masterpiece of work. Having a design and using a combination of fabric and carefully choosing threads and suitable stitches can create a unique piece of beautiful work, as demonstrated by this hand stitched piece of embroidery.

Regardless if you are just starting out or an accomplished embroiderer, there is no shame in buying a kit. I believe a kit can introduce you to a variety of stitching techniques which you may not have tried before and builds up the confidence when stitching with a combination of threads and textures, which will hopefully inspire you to eventually create your own designs.

For Precise Stitch Work Change Your Needle

Usually there is only one needle supplied in a kit and I recommend that you purchase an additional pack of needles. It is really important to keep changing and using a new needle throughout your work.

Firstly, you will find it easier and quicker to have a number of needles threaded up and ready to go. How frustrating is it when you have to stop to rethread the needle?

Needles do become blunt after a lot of use and if you use the original needle supplied in the kit, the point may not be as sharp when you finish the stitching as when you started. This may mean your stitching is not as precise and sharp looking. The fabric may have become pulled and snagged caused by the point of the needle becoming blunt and the shaft of the needle no longer being smooth.

The kit manufacturer does not always state the type of needle or indeed the size of needle supplied. This downloadable chart will provide you with all the needle information you need.

The drawings are actual size needles. Firstly, identify your needle by the shape of the eye and then lay your needle over the drawings and it is the actual length which will enable you to identify the size of your needle.