Have you noticed that there’s a proliferation of embroidery kits and designs around that make use of little embellishments? Those special little touches that add “something” to the work – sometimes that something is zing, sometimes it’s elegance, sometimes it’s just a splash of fun – are pretty popular! I try not to be too narrow-minded in my view of embroidery, but I must be, because I never noticed the abundance of embellishments in the embroidery world until just this past summer.
But now I’m hooked. Really. I like these little extra baubles and buttons, beads and charms. Oh, they’ve been around a while – goldwork, sequins, beaded embroidery, charms, buttons… they’re nothing new! But it seems to me that they are enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
This is what sold me on the fun of these little items and that opened up my eyes to noticing them around more and more:
It was these little Sweetheart Tree kits. They’re small kits – counted thread techniques – with little extra embellishments to the kits. I don’t generally work counted thread techniques, except in dabbling in a bit o’ blackwork here and there, and – very rarely – some canvas work… and hardanger now and then, too. Ok, fine – I take it back, I do “do” counted thread stuff – but it’s not usually cross stitch.
Normally, these would not be something that would catch my eye. But they did. Why? I think it’s the little embellishments! Both kits make use of little tiny beads and one has little heart-shaped white buttons in it. I like them! It takes them “above ordinary.”
I admit I’m SLOW – I’m sure little embellishments have been prevailant for a while in needlework – or perhaps they never lost their charm! Maybe I just haven’t noticed them….
But NOW… check this out:
I do believe I could become an embroidery embellishment junkie!
Here’s a sweet little seashell made by Susan Clarke Originals.
And a pretty little iris by the same company… Irises are among my favorite flowers, and I’m in the middle of embroidering one right now. So I just love this little thing!
A very pretty snowflake – perfect for…. well, earrings came to mind at first, but this is about embroidery, so I chased that thought away, and voila! a better one crept in – what about building a simple embroidered card around this for a Christmas card?
This is largish – quite large, compared to the other pieces here. At first, I thought “What in the world would I ever…..?!” and then the same thing happened. In crept a little thought. A “formal” garden border – maybe even in blackwork or a similar style – built around it. Why not? For a framed piece… I could see it!
Cherries! Who doesn’t like cherries?! They remind me of summer – and this is another perfect little something for a crazy quilt square, for the center of an embroidered motif, or for the center of an embroidered card.
And here’s a whole little group of “under the sea” embellishments.
OH – so many ideas, so little time!
This bunch of stuff above came in the embellishments Treasure Box I ordered last week from Twining Thread, as part of their close-out. Along with them came ribbons – glorious, beautiful ribbons – and all kinds of neat stuff. What a deal!
Well, if YOU have any ideas for my new embellishment stash, I’m all ears!
In the meantime, I need to go find some storage space….
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