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The Layered Leaves, Weeds, and Grass Hand Embroidery Project (September 2023's Hopebroidery Box)

Here’s what subscribers to the Hopebroidery Box are stitching with me in September! September’s project features layered leaves, weeds, and grass in a pale pink pot and surrounded by tiny simple butterflies.


Overhead photo of an embroidery project featuring potted layered leaves, weeds, and grass, and surrounded by small butterflies and accents, stitched in shades of green, yellow, pink, and brown, on a deep “roasted pecan” shade of cotton fabric.

[Image description: Overhead photo of an embroidery project featuring potted layered leaves, weeds, and grass, and surrounded by small butterflies and accents, stitched in shades of green, yellow, pink, and brown, on a deep “roasted pecan” shade of cotton fabric. The project sits on top of a white surface and is surrounded by various props, including the edge of a macrame project; the corners of two small painted canvases stacked on top of one another; the edges of a green pouch and brown burlap bag; and an orange clip.]


To create this design we’ll be using just four shades of Sublime Stitching floss on this deep “roasted pecan” color of Kona cotton fabric, and you’ll learn all about filling in complicated and overlapping shapes; lightening or darkening shades of embroidery floss using “gentle blending” techniques; following lines and curves to create interesting plant stems; and how to create these super simple butterflies – which I hope you’ll use as “accents” in all sorts of future projects!


What’s more, this design gives me a chance to demonstrate and explain how I visualize the placement of certain elements and accents by using the already-stitched portions as a guide for “balancing” the final piece.


Angled photo of a nearly finished embroidery project featuring potted layered leaves, weeds, and grass, and surrounded by small butterflies and accents, stitched in shades of green, yellow, pink, and brown, on a deep “roasted pecan” shade of cotton fabric.

[Image description: Angled photo of a nearly finished embroidery project featuring potted layered leaves, weeds, and grass, and surrounded by small butterflies and accents, stitched in shades of green, yellow, pink, and brown, on a deep “roasted pecan” shade of cotton fabric.]


As always, subscribers will receive all the supplies you’ll need to complete this project, including full skeins of Sublime Stitching floss; a large cut of this month’s fabric; embroidery needles and my favorite metal needle threader; a white water-erasable transfer pen for transferring your pre printed pattern to fabric; four inch bamboo embroidery hoop; and a pair of embroidery scissors from Kelmscott Designs curated specifically for this specific project (take a look at this project's selected scissors in the photo below!). You’ll also receive the project’s digital pattern, which includes a link to your project’s step-by-step instructions via a thorough video tutorial on the very first page.


Hope holds up a small pair of opened embroidery scissors with large, rounded handles coated in a shade of blue.

[Image description: Hope holds up a small pair of opened embroidery scissors with large, rounded handles coated in a shade of blue. She’s holding the scissors on top of a white background, on top of which sit various props, including the edge of a macrame project; the corners of two small painted canvases stacked on top of one another; and the edges of both a green pouch and brown burlap bag.]


New subscribers have until the end of August (2023) to sign up in time to get this project at the subscriber rate, and your box will ship in very early September. If you haven't subscribed just yet, be sure to do so by the end of August!



If you're here late, or maybe you're not interested in the subscription model -- both of which are perfectly fine, of course! -- you can still stitch this with me! Once subscribers’ boxes are in the mail, I’ll be able to add this project as both a physical kit (with or without this month’s scissors) and digital pattern (included with the physical kit, but perfect on its own if you already have plenty of your own supplies) in my shop!




I am so excited for this project, and I can’t wait to see what you make!


Happy stitching!


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