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Friday, January 31, 2014

Hot Iron Embroidery Transfers from Kate and Rose

Embroidery design from Bewitching Botanicals by Kate and Rose

We have been enjoying a wonderful, snowy "staycation" this week! Lots of snowy pix to share, but first - a bit of stitchery and…….drumroll please……a giveaway!!!

I did not spend the whole week outside playing in the snow, though that is where I spent most of it!  I also spent many blissful hours by the fire, listening to the audiobook Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (which I highly recommend to any history buffs out there) and stitching up some beautiful folk art inspired patterns from Kate and Rose.


A few weeks ago I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Kati Lovasz, the creative mind at work behind Kate & Rose, asking me if I would be interested in trying out her latest line of hot iron embroidery transfers. Of course I said yes, please!!


I had been wanting to spruce up my favorite pair of jeans for a while and was delighted to find that the transfers worked brilliantly on denim.  I have never used hot iron transfers before, so I was a little nervous, but let me tell you - it's easy as pie! Kati has included excellent instructions on how to execute the transfer and has also kindly given suggestions for traditional stitches along with helpful stitch diagrams if the stitches are new to you. (that's a lot of stitches, isn't it?) any who…as you can see the pattern transferred like a dream onto the denim.  I did decide to use mostly traditional stitches, because I just adore the look of folk embroidery. This design (completed shown in the first photo) was stitched in two colors - red and navy, and I used only 3 stitches - open chain, fishbone, and satin stitch.  Oops, there was also a little bit of blanket stitch in there too.  But, all these stitches are easy, and when combined with one of Kati's fabulous designs, looks quite complicated.  I love things that look like they were really hard to achieve, but you know that it was actually quite easy. Says she with a smug little smile:)

design from Bewitching Botanicals by Kate and Rose

Encouraged by the success I had with the denim, I decided to be adventurous and try them out on felt, and was delighted again to see that it worked beautifully! I had some soft pink felt that I have been wanting to make a Valentine's Day ornament with, and I chose another floral pattern from Bewitching Botanicals to stitch onto it.

Embroidery design from Bewitching Botanicals by Kate and Rose
This time I kept it super simple and stitched up the whole design in chain stitch in a lovely ivory colored floss.  I love the simple, elegant look that resulted! Before I stitched up the little heart, I whipped up a little sachet of lavender and tucked it inside, so this is a lavender scented Valentine ornament.  Wouldn't it be lovely hanging inside a closet or on the knob of a dresser?


So, for the giveaway!!  If you would be interested in receiving one of the two pattern packs shown above and the little pink lavender sachet Valentine ornament, just leave me a comment indicating that you would like your name entered in the drawing and which pattern pack you would prefer.  On Monday, February 3, 2014, I will put all the names in a hat and draw a winner!  Please remember that if you are a "no-reply Blogger", I will have no way of contacting you to let you know you've won, so you'll have to check back here for the results of the drawing.

If you love folk embroidery and would like to give some of these beautiful designs a try, you will not be disappointed.  They are all beautiful, and the instructions included make it easy peasy to use. So, throw your name in the hat for a chance to win!! Or better yet, hop on over to Kate and Rose for more information, stitch suggestions, color suggestions, etc.  She has some beautiful sewing patterns too if you're interested in making a lovely folk-inspired addition to your wardrobe. Check it out!!

See you back here on Monday….have a great weekend everyone!

12 comments:

Penny said...

Oh yes, count me in. I used to do embroidery, a long time ago, and I think it would be fun to put my hand to it again. After all, I have all these newly wound and organized floss bobbins...

Margo Brooks said...

Starr, Those Jeans are FANTASTIC! I love them. And those patterns are just right to jazz something up a bit. I adore your stitch choice too really nice!

Cristy said...

I would love to work with these lovely designs! fingers crossed....

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I really do love the design on your jeans. I have to mention that I'd take those shoes too!! Since I have just started embroidery stitches again, I'd love to have either of the packets AND your valentine. Its been a long time since I used heat transfer patterns and it looks like these transferred nicely on denim, so they must be good.
xx, Carol

margaret said...

your jeans look fab with your transfer Starr and beautifully stitched. The heart is very pretty, please include me in the draw, both packs look wonderful and would be happy with either one. Good to see transfers are making a come back as there are seem to be none about at the moment except in books.

Beth P said...

What a lovely giveaway! Yes, please include me... either packet would be fine as they are both gorgeous. Now to your jeans, OMG! They are too cute and I have to say I wouldn't mind those cute shoes as well! :D
Hugs and thanks for including me...
Beth P

Suztats said...

Please include me in the draw, Starr! These designs looks so nice, and I really like the Faraway Garden. You did a super job on your jeans!
I'm off to check the link....

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

You certainly are on to something with your folks designs. I am not in the embroidery loop but I sure appreciate anything folk -- barbara

Jules Woolford said...

Oh that's great - and so much fun. You did a great job with the embroidery!

Elizabethanne said...

I hope I am not too late. I would love to win one of these pattern packs. I quite like the one on the left. Thank you. x

Winnie said...

I just love the red embroidery on your jeans! It matches those lovely red clogs perfectly! Plus, the "simple" stitching on your valentine ornament looks very elaborate and beautiful. :)

Kat_RN said...

Reminds me of a shirt I embroidered way back when.
Lovely blog, I will be happy to visit again.
Kat