The Grass is Greener Embroidery

This was my first time embroidering on proper embroidery fabric and I love it!!! I normally just go for calico which is pretty thin and annoying with bright threads. And it stretches and buckles a lot.

You know the difference between getting dinner at a drive through and a lovingly home cooked meal followed by a nice cup of tea… That is the difference between stitching on calico and proper linen.

This project took a lot longer than expected (uhhh fourteen hours). I did so much embroidery one friday night that I started dreaming about it! 

I am very new to using stem stitch and that definitely slowed me down. I am glad I decided to use three different colours for the leaves. I think it just adds something a little extra to the laurel wreath thing. 

The details
the fabric is a proper embroidery linen (unknown count)
the quote is in two strands of dark grey with split stitch
the branches and stem are in stem stitch (a dark blue-green)
the leaves are done in lazy daisy stitch with three different colours (varying the amount of each colour per stem)
it was framed in the hoop following this tutorial

Now to figure out how to get it on the wall...

xo Kirste Isabel

Mini Terrarium Embroideries

I have this fascination with cacti and terrariums at the moment. I think they are a nice way to get a little garden inside and are generally pleasing to look at. Maybe I am just struggling with the lack of greenery in my inner city apartment.

Instead of getting some plants (like any rational person) I have embroidered some! I’m hoping to fill up this fabric with heaps of little plants and things that grow. It will hopefully delay a shopping spree at the local garden centre.

The weather here has started to turn grey and I like the little sections of (mental) sunshine I get by stitching these mini terrariums.


This one takes about 30 minutes

  • The fabric is a cream calico with a medium stiffness interfacing.
  • The light green of the cactus is split stitch with very short singular running stitch in the centre.
  • The darker cactus is done with 1 thread (all others are 2) in split stitch and the a few long stitches through the centre.
  • Everything else is split stitch.

This is a super quick and super cute little embroidery. It took me an hour while watching tv. So about 30-40 minutes of focus.

  • The fabric is a cream calico with a medium stiffness interfacing.
  • The green of the cactus is chain stitched around, and then rows of chain stitch vertically to fill up the space.
  • The yellow cactus flower is just satin stitch.
  • Everything else is split stitch.

Let me know if you like them.

xo Kirste Isabel