Crafters of all kinds will know this problem all too well - the more you get into your hobby, the more equipment you acquire. Some new threads and a few different hoop sizes here, a couple of fabric options for the stash that were on special offer there…
I'm SO excited to announce the continuation of our favourite Paraffle tradition: our Black Friday Charity Event! This year, we’re partnering with Excellent Development - 25% of Paraffle sales from the Black Friday weekend will be donated to them.
Learning these basic hand embroidery stitches will give you a solid foundation for your embroidery journey. Even the simplest stitches can create stunning, intricate designs! As you practice and become more comfortable with these stitches, you can combine them and explore more advanced techniques.
Whipping a stitch is simply winding a second thread around a previous line of stitching.
It creates a twisted effect with your thread, and is great for smoothing out gaps between stitches - perfect for writing and letters!
As the most basic description, embroidery is the art of using a needle and thread to decorate fabric. In this post, I'm going to explain what embroidery is and take you through a few of the different types of embroidery, as well as show you photos of historic and modern examples of each type.
I'll talk you through how to use hand embroidery to customise and upcycle your clothes. You can create a totally unique item of clothing to show off - and it's really easy to do, once you know how. Plus, it's a great way to break the cycle of fast fashion!
I think it’s pretty safe to say that flower designs are an absolute classic part of embroidery styles both vintage and modern. Simply type “embroidery” into Pinterest and you’ll find that nine out of ten image results will feature flowers! And with spring firmly in the air up here in Edinburgh...
Embroidery is such a versatile craft that can have so many lives outside of the hoop. The art of creating patterns and text with just needle and thread can be transferred onto all manner of other mediums...
The holiday season is nearly here, which means it’s time to get thinking about festive crafts! There’s so much related to Christmas that can inspire a make, from words to objects, and of course – glitter! Whether you’re planning to make something for your own home or as a gift to a loved one, I hope these 12 Christmassy creations will help you find the perfect idea.
With the evenings getting darker and colder, it’s the perfect time to get started on new projects, make the most of cosy evenings and add a bit of seasonal decor to your home. To help get you in the fall mood and inspired for your next embroideries, I’ve put together my favourite Paraffle designs that I feel really fit with the season.
So, you've collected the basics that you need to start embroidering. There's also a few tools that can help you on the way - whether that's helping with threading pesky needles, easing sore hands and fingers, or help with learning new embroidery techniques!
You might know that I'm always looking for ways to make Paraffle a more sustainable and environmentally friendly embroidery business...and I'm super happy to say that Paraffle is now offsetting carbon emissions from all of your orders!