This review has been completed by Anny Patches from @theneedleworkersbarn
This is a delightful pattern full of the promise of spring flowers. The kit accompanying the pattern has been put together by Sam and Mary from Poppy Patch.
The kit includes fabric from Annie Downs of Hatched and Patched which has the sweetest daisy design on a pale blue background. There are also co-ordinating Cosmo embroidery threads. These are my favourites, the colours are beautifully blended and they have a wonderful sheen.
The Pattern has an iron on transfer, as well as a picture of the pattern, which you can trace. The iron on pattern can be used a few times, if used lightly.
I cut out the transfer and placed it onto my fabric, then I used a hot iron on the back of the transfer paper to ensure it goes onto my fabric. When doing this it is important to ensure the transfer design does not move or it can the show a shadowing effect.
The embroidery pattern for the pocket cover and initial has to be drawn by hand, for this I used a friction pen which can be removed by heat and a light box to trace.
Once everything is traced I can begin to embroider. I always keep my embroidery threads wound onto a bobbin holder to prevent them getting tangled. I also label them so I can identify the make of the thread and the colour.
The pattern has very clear instructions with photographs detailing each embroidery stitch, the stitches used are mostly back stitch, satin stitch and a few french knots.
Now for the applique flowers. The kit has the fabric for the flowers, however you will have to add a small piece of fusible webbing such as BondaWeb.
The technique is detailed in the pattern, so without going into too much detail you sandwich your Bondaweb between the fabric, trace the flowers and cut them out to create 3D daisies and forget me nots.
Once you have your flower shapes, secure them in layers. I like to use Roxanne Glue – Baste it for securing applique and embroider them with blanket stitch around the centre of the flower to secure it.
Now it is time to cut out the fabric and sew it all together.
There are clear instructions with diagrams as to the cutting layout. I like to lay it all out just to check everything is prepared.
The sewing instructions in the pattern are very detailed so I had no difficulty in sewing the organiser together. I added some wadding from my stash and quilted the outer cover.
There are instructions in the pattern to make braids to tie the organiser however, I had a pretty ribbon in my stash which was perfect.
Tah Dah! It is finished and I am delighted. Sam and Mary have put together the right combination of fabrics and threads to compliment Melissa Grant’s pattern beautifully.
I could not wait to take this beautiful organiser into the garden for a photoshoot amongst the spring flowers.