A-Z of Embroidered Flowers Country Bumpkin

6113GER4bSL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press UK

This intricate A-Z guide to embroidered flowers provides inspiration on recreating blooms and buds from Alyssum to Zinnia, with clear step-by-step instructions, guidance on stitches and threads and tidbits of trivia about the flowers themselves.


This beautiful book ensures you have wonderful flowers all year round.

An A – Z  of over 100 designs to sew and embroider, which will give a beautiful feature to any project or garment.

I love the statement on the first page which reads..

What greater delight is there

than to behold the earth apparelled  with plants, 

as with a robe of embroidered work.

This sums up the effects and the beautiful stitch work that is demonstrated throughout  this book.

Each flower is listed with a thread colour requirement and a stitch guide, and while there is a limited stitch demonstration you will need to know and have a idea of what these stitches are.

The flowers are beautifully pictured, the patterns in the back of the book are clear. they can be enlarged, and can be embroidered with ribbon, thread or even wool.

I loved the Queen Anne’s Lace flower, but all the flowers have a delicate beauty, I am sure there will be a flower for every one and every occasion.


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Mandalas to Embroider Carina Envoldsen-Harris

61UnNYel6XL._AC_US218_ Pub: Search Press Ltd.

Slip into serenity through your stitches with this collection of 24 beautiful, meditative mandalas by Polka & Bloom’s Carina Envoldsen-Harris. In our hurried modern world, we rarely take a moment to rest and spend time with our thoughts. In this book, rekindle lost tranquillity and quickly discover a new obsession with these exquisite mandalas. By following the delicate and repetitive patterns in the motifs, you can finally soothe your mind, slow down and treat yourself to much-needed me-time and peacefulness. The book offers 12 large and 12 smaller mandalas to embroider, which Carina explains how to make through simple, beautiful stitch diagrams and keys. Only 10 stitches have been used to create all the mandalas, and each one is explained and accompanied by clear, step-by-step diagrams at the beginning of the book. In addition, there are notes on what you need in your basic embroidery kit – from fabrics through to needles and thread – which means those new to embroidery can start their journey to mindfulness right away. With Carina’s gentle guidance beginners can also learn how to display their creations in embroidery hoops, including the much-loved Dandelyne hoops which the 12 mini mandalas can fit inside perfectly. Any long-forgotten, tired pieces in your wardrobe and home? There is also advice and photos inside on how to use your stunning mandalas to embellish myriad accessories and items, from shoes to tote bags. If readers are less confident about jumping straight into embroidery – or are pressed for time – 24 corresponding black and white motifs can be found on transfer sheets at the back of the book, which you can iron onto your chosen fabric multiple times. There is also a final, mystical mandala template included for you to transfer, allowing you to test your new embroidery skills and develop your new-found creativity. So sit back, pick up your needles and lose yourself in the captivating, calming world of embroidery.

I adore mindful crafts..

if anything it gives you time to relax and be at peace. Embroidery is one such craft.

Mandalas to Embroider is a beautiful book, full of colour and inspiration to create something pretty.

Mandalas are traditionally Hindu and Buddist symbols, and their meanings are amazing.

This book has 24 Mandala iron on transfer patterns that are simply designed and easy to achieve. All of the finished projects are pictured within a hoop, but I think there is no reason not to expand and make bags, pillows and anything else that springs to mind.

Kaleidoscope stitching in a hoop is a wonderful craft for expression, Each design comes with the relevant stitches and DMC colour suggestions.

Everything is plainly explained, from what you need, stitch tutorials and how to finish your project.

The iron on transfers can be used several times and there is a flap in the book to store the ones you have used. Each transfer is a perforated tear out so you will not ruin your page.

Recommended for every level of embroiderer, as the instructions are perfectly explained.


I decided to stitch the ‘Cerulean Petal’ design..


Choose and iron your fabric. I chose a ploy cotton fat quarter for my project.

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Lay your transfer face down on your fabric and press, do not move your iron as this may distort your design.

(you may want to lay an old towel under your fabric, I didn’t and my transfer inked my ironing board)

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Cut your fabric to size and place in the hoop. Gather your preferred thread, scissors and needle. I also use a thimble.

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It is up to you to decide ‘how’ you sew.

I like to use one colour at a time and build my design by eye.

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You will need to gentle pull your fabric occasionally to keep it tight in the hoop.


It soon builds up nicely and really doesn’t take long to do.

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This is the finished result.. It took approx 5 hours and I spent a quiet mindful Sunday just stitching.

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Happy sewing x

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