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4 Seasons of Embroidery Gifts!

Is it better to give or to receive? For us crafters the answer is neither; the real joy comes in the creating! Embroidery is one of the most satisfying ways to share this joy. The mesmerizing rhythm of stitching both soothes and stirs as a once-empty cloth becomes a beautiful field of texture. Best of all, embroidery projects make wonderful gifts because they are truly one-of-a-kind heirloom treasures!

This year we plan to use our new 4 Seasons of Embroidery Packet as a starting point for all kinds of unique gifts, starting with this monogrammed 40 Minute Tote! Our master embroiderer, Erin, used our woodgrain alphabet transfers to stitch this lovely monogram on a cool gray linen-cotton background. The silvery tones of the delicate embroidery transform this simple tote into an elegant carry-all with a personal touch!

If you’d like to make your own version, the pattern for the 40 Minute Tote is right here, plus you’ll need the following materials:

We also stitched up a lustrous wintery version of our autumn tree pattern, a November tree, if you will. This pearly gray motif is a beautiful way to embellish bags, pillows, tea towels, table runners, or anything else special; or for an equally stunning gift, frame your tree in a simple embroidery hoop! To make your own version you’ll need: 

Here’s to the simple pleasures of creating this holiday season!

PS- Our 4 Seasons of Embroidery Kit, which contains all the transfer patterns, a hoop, fabric, and thread, as well as our Packet, which is just the patterns, are also great gifts for the fellow crafters on your list!

Reader Comments (15)

I just started stitching again. I had had enough of stitching after stitching 3 stockings for my nephews but now I'm making one for my own son.
November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOlof
Love these embroidery panels! Which pattern is the grey knitted scarf?
November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNickie
Just beautiful. I love your blog - thank you for bringing me so much pleasure and inspiration.
November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
Beautiful colors and textures! Love your shots ...
November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrin
November 19, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm curious. Are the scarves knitted with your new Purl Soho yarn? They're lovely!
November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane
Hi Jane-

They are actually knitted with Jade Sapphire 12 ply cashmere:

But you could use our new super soft merino if you adjusted the needle size accordingly, it would be very lofty and soft!

Thank you for your question!

November 19, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi, for the tote bag, it says you used the Sangle Cotton Webbing in Natural, but it doesn't seem to come in Natural, did you use white? or is the natural color not available for purchase?

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelley
Hi Shelley-

We are currently sold out of the natural webbing but it should be back in stock soon. If you'd like to be informed when it comes back in stock please send an email to customerservice AT purlsoho DOT com.

Or, if you'd prefer not to wait you could certainly use the white.

Thank you for your question!

November 20, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is stunning! I can't stop staring at those little metallic leaves.
November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I would love to see these embroidery patterns sold in a PDF version which would be much easier for us overseas's fans! It would save on shipping costs but more importantly I could get stitching much quicker! ;) Just a thought, Alex x
November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex
Hi Alex-

Unfortunately since these are iron-on transfers they wouldn't work as a PDF but thank you so much for your suggestion!

November 21, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Do you have a pattern for the colors you used for the wintry autumn tree? I got the embroidery kit and ordered the embroidery yarns in the colors indicated, but how do I know which colors to use where in the pattern?

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennie
Hi Jennie-

The trunk and branches of the tree are stitched in color 3865, the leaves are the remaining four colors. I had a great time stitching the leaves, the four colors are used without any pattern or chart which lends an organic feeling to the end result, just like a real tree!

Thanks so much for your question, happy stitching!

December 5, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Very nice embroidery design The background color and stitching thread color is very nice.
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRagini Sharma

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