Just Sew Helen's Blog

Hello & welcome to my blog where I will share an insight into my life, values and behind the scenes of Just Sew Helen.  

This blog will show you the topics that inspire my small business including my love of sewing & dressmaking, hand embroidery and my exclusive baby loss & remembrance gifts. Underlying the creation of Just Sew Helen are women's health & pregnancy loss issues.

You can also find me over on Minerva Crafts where I am part of their Blogger Network (MCBN) & you can see more here.  I have also recently joined the Simple Sew Blogger Team.

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Hot Air Balloon Hand Embroidery Sampler

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Welcome to my latest post for the Minerva Blogger Network, & my last post for 2019.  I decided to do something a little different to dressmaking and designed, & created, an embroidery sampler pattern to practice hand stitching. 

Balloon and threads

 I have used all of the stitches many times before, but it is always good to have a refresher, in particular, I don't use chain stitch very often.  The pattern is suitable for beginners or more experienced stitches alike and alernative stitches can be used to make the project more challenging.


Basket and stem stitch

I covered the embroidery hoop in fabric for a different effect and this fabric, & all of the kit, are availabe from Minerva.

The pattern is available to download in my shop (via Etsy) & more details can be found over on the Minerva Blog.

I hope you enjoy reading the full post and maybe it will inspire you to have a go :-)

Balloon Embroidery Sampler

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