I’ve called it The Village because my earliest memories of creating with my hands come from my tiny hometown village in the south of Poland called Mecinka. I have very fond memories of my early years there and remember numerous occasions where people would get together to make, create and help each other. You know the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”, well it actually takes a village to keep raising and supporting us adults. We need each other no matter how old we are and having small unique communities where we connect through our passions is deeply healing and uplifting.
Here you will find loads of info about the patterns that I release. If you have bought one of my patterns, you will find lots more information about it right here. It is my greatest passion to help you create exquisite needlework with your own very able hands, to inspire you, to help you finish, to help you let go of perfection and to show you possibilities that you might not have thought of. Find the pattern you are currently working on and click on the button to see more. You will find lots of images that will inspire you and hopefully help you in some way as well. If you have any questions or if you have a suggestion on how I can improve this space let me know. I would love to hear from you!
This lovely and light pattern was named after my great grandmother Olga who grew Peonies and other flowers in our garden. Created January 2019
Lovely close up shot here showing you all the stitches in this pattern. The first thing I want to say here is that I actually used a caramel brown on all the stems instead of the dark brown that the spots are stitched in. If you’ve read the other pattern descriptions then you’ll know I have a tendency to stray from the instructions. And I encourage you to do the same! Anyhow this photo is pretty good for you to see the stitches close up and especially the direction of the long stitches and how I have laid them vertically on the flowers and not horizontally.
Here is the complete design, and once again, the stems are all shown here in the caramel instead of the dark brown that’s in the kits. You can see how I have alternated the teal colour on the leaves; dark, light, dark, light etc. P.S. that little spot on the white linen in the bottom right is a chocolate stain, Lindt 70% dark chocolate to be exact.
And here is a lovely bag I made using this design. If you follow me on Instagram you can see a video of this on one of my posts.
Here is the same but in a different colour way.
This mustard coloured one I turned into a book cover. This is my art journal.
And of course the white on raw linen. Love this one. BUT… please note that on this design I actually added outlines on the parts of flowers that have the long stitch. Can you see the outlines? This isn’t necessary, I just gave myself more work! But if you like it of course you can do the same. The outlines are not in the instructions.
I turned this embroidery into a drawstring bag for my other work in progress projects. Also note that I embroidered the black draw string with the words “Hands to work heart to God”. This is my motto that I work by. And I like that when I close the bag the motto appears and when the bag is open the motto is hidden inside the hem. Kind of magical :)