Fighting covid-19 with creativity

Years ago I designed some embroidery patterns. And they haven’t been in my shop for about 8 years perhaps. This is a great time to get them out and share them with you. The Covid-19 virus affects us all because it hurts a group of people we don’t want to lose. The ‘sacrifice’ of staying in is such a tiny thing to do, and really the only option for us to help our medical system help the people that need it most.

So if you are bored I have something for you. It will calm you down and help pass the time in a lovely way. Get your needles out and find a place in the sun. Perhaps you still have some yarns in the attic. Or you can order materials online.

Perhaps you’ve done it before and you know how calming it can be. I used to do it on vacation mostly as it’s such a relaxing thing to do. And we need some relaxation, don’t we? It will keep us away from the anxiety that is brought to us by too much news on the subject!

The pattern of the Kingfisher

It’s a very detailed pattern, but I work with loads of colours so to get as close as possible to the result you best folow the pattern. But if you want to make it a little bit easier, check out which colours look most alike and reduce the pattern colours.

Download the whole file here to print out. Or work from this blogpost.

Below are the necessary colours. We used DMC colours.

And these are the 4 pattern parts. They have overlap (the dark grey area) so don’t forget about that.

Some tips:

  • Zigzag the edges before you start, to prevent fraying.
  • Start from the middle.
  • Use a special embroidery or cross-stitch needle.
  • The structure of the fabric determines the size of the end result. Fine fabric=small result
  • On the pattern you can see the fabric that best suits this design.
  • If you use cheesecloth, use 2 skeins on 2 threads of the fabric, but 1 on 1 is possible too. Make a sample to see what you like best.
  • Use small threads of embroidery yarn, it gives you the best results.
  • Always make the crosses the same way.
  • If you have to wash your work, use wool washing detergent. In handwarm water you can care fully rinse the work. Dry on a flat surface and carefully iron on the back. Make sure you adjust the temperature of the iron to the materials you use!

Are you finished and would you like to share the result? We’d love to see it!

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We’d love to hear if there’s a need for more embroidery patterns.

In the mean time keep each other and yourself safe.