A few weeks ago I was gifted a gorgeous craft kit from Craftiosity who put together wonderful monthly craft subscription kits. I’ve bought a few of their craft kits and always enjoyed making them, such as this clay pinch pot. I received the embroidered moon tea towel kit which was just perfect as I am really enjoying embroidery at the moment.
Embroidered moon tea towel kit
The embroidered moon tea towel kit contained an embroidery hoop, cotton tea towel, Anchor embroidery threads (dark grey, mid blue, light blue and dusky pink), an embroidery needle and embroidery design template.
I love an embroidery hoop but hadn’t tried embroidering anything else so I was excited to try something new. Luckily I had received a light box for my birthday so I was also looking forward to using that to help transfer the design.
Using a light box to transfer embroidery designs
This was the first time I had used my light box! It’s a simple one which just plugs into a laptop. You can turn up the brightness but that’s about it, so it’s simple to use.
I placed the embroidery template on the screen, placed the tea towel on top and lightly drew the template on to the tea towel in pencil.
Before I got my light box I used a window to transfer designs which was really tricky. It’s really difficult to hold a design against fabric on a window and draw. This was so much quicker and easier!
When I had transferred the first part of the design I could start stitching. I placed the part of the tea towel I needed in the embroidery hoop and started.
Hand embroidery is such a lovely craft. Each of the clouds was stitched differently – in small crosses, seed stitches and French knots- and in a different coloured thread.
Then I went back to my light box to transfer the design of the moon, stars and foliage. These were all stitched in satin stitch.
The embroidery hoop helped keep the tension the same as I embroidered the tea towel. I gently pressed the tea towel and was finished. I stitched it over a week as I found it a great project to pick up in the evenings. I’m not sure I will be able to use it though!
You can find out more about Craftiosity and their craft subscription kits on their website.