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Introducing the “Sun Kitten” Hand Embroidery Project: A New Beginner-Friendly Project Coming April 2024!

Here’s what subscribers to the Hopebroidery Box are stitching with me in April! The “Sun Kitten” hand embroidery project will be available as a beginner-friendly kit to non-subscribers in my shop once subscribers’ boxes are in the mail. New subscribers have until the end of March to subscribe to the box in time to get this project sent to you in April


Hope holds up an embroidery project at an angle and above a dark green background. The project features a green cat sleeping in a field of orange-pink flowers on a bright, sunny day.

[Image description: Hope holds up an embroidery project at an angle and above a dark green background. The project features a green cat sleeping in a field of orange-pink flowers on a bright, sunny day.]


April’s “Sun Kitten” project is inspired by my nearly 17-year-old cat, Fritz! This project features a cat sleeping in a field of orange-pink flowers on a sunny day, with birds flying above him. 


What supplies are included in your embroidery kit?


Your “Sun Kitten” embroidery kit will include the supplies you need to recreate this project with me, including: 


  • Floss

  • Fabric

  • Hoop

  • Needles

  • Threader

  • Marker

  • Pattern

  • Scissors


 Overhead photo of an embroidery project surrounded by embroidery kit supplies, on a dark green surface. The project features a green cat sleeping in a field of orange-pink flowers on a bright, sunny day. Scattered supplies in this photo include: skeins of Sublime Stitching embroidery floss in green, orange-pink, yellow, and purple; a folded cut off off-white cotton fabric; black and white pattern for transfer featuring the drawing used to create the project itself; a metal needle threader attached to a Kraft brown card with blue washi tape; green and white marker; blue embroidery scissors with heart-shaped handles; brown burlap bag; and two embroidery needles stuck through a piece of soft, mustard-colored fabric.

[Image description: Overhead photo of an embroidery project surrounded by embroidery kit supplies, on a dark green surface. The project features a green cat sleeping in a field of orange-pink flowers on a bright, sunny day. Scattered supplies in this photo include: skeins of Sublime Stitching embroidery floss in green, orange-pink, yellow, and purple; a folded cut off off-white cotton fabric; black and white pattern for transfer featuring the drawing used to create the project itself; a metal needle threader attached to a Kraft brown card with blue washi tape; green and white marker; blue embroidery scissors with heart-shaped handles; brown burlap bag; and two embroidery needles stuck through a piece of soft, mustard-colored fabric.]


Embroidery Floss


You’ll receive four full skeins of Sublime Stitching embroidery floss. This project requires just three colors; the fourth color is included to allow you more options as you stitch up your project with me! You’ll also have plenty of floss left over for other projects. 


Cotton Fabric


We’ll be stitching this project on Kona brand cotton fabric in the shade “Bone.” I include enough fabric for you to use two layers of fabric, but you should also feel free to use just one layer and save that extra fabric for another project. 


Bamboo Embroidery Hoop


You’ll receiver a four inch bamboo embroidery hoop for this project. I do enjoy using wooden hoops in many of my personal projects, and will sometimes include them in other kits. However, I prefer to include bamboo embroidery hoops in my kits as I’ve found they’re easier to use and tighten than more expensive beechwood embroidery hoops, while also being less likely to break or “snap” than cheaper wooden hoops on the market.  


Two Embroidery Needles


I provide you with two embroidery needles for your project, stuck through a soft piece of fabric to help prevent them from going missing on your floor, couch, or bed! 


My Favorite Metal Needle Threader


I nearly quit embroidery before I got started because I just could not get my needles threaded! This is why I love to include my favorite metal needle threader in your kits–just in case you need that process to be easier on your hands and eyes, too! 


Washable Transfer Marker


You’ll receive a green washable marker for transferring your design to fabric. This month, we’re using a green “Super Tip” marker from the Crayola brand to transfer our patterns to fabric. This washable marker is super simple to use on this fabric (and rinses away with plain water quite nicely, too!). 


Black and White Pattern for Transfer


Your kit includes the black and white pattern for transfer already pre printed for you within the box itself. No need to print anything out– unless you really want to, of course!


Heart-Shaped Embroidery Scissors


This month’s kit includes a pair of blue, heart-shaped embroidery scissors from Kelmscott Designs. Embroidery scissors aren’t necessary for hand embroidery, but they sure do make the process just a bit easier–and more fun, I think! I chose this pair for our “Sun Kitten” project because I love cats, and because the scissor’s blue color makes me think of the implied sky in the project itself. 


If you don’t have embroidery scissors (for example, if you purchase the kit in my shop as a non-subscriber and elect to get a box without this project’s scissors), a normal pair of “junk drawer” scissors will do just fine! 


What instructions are provided for the project?


In addition to the supplies listed above, your “Sun Kitten” kit also includes access to the digital portion of the project, which includes a video tutorial and digital pattern.


Video Tutorial


You’ll find the video tutorial for your project linked on the very first page of the digital portion of this month’s box.


I film a thorough and beginner-friendly tutorial for the box projects, where I take you through the entire process from start to finish. You can use this video tutorial in a few different ways. For example, some people elect to watch the entire video