In this post, I’m reviewing this gorgeous butterfly embroidery kit from Hawthorn Handmade, a company that supplies craft kits for beginners!
Full disclosure: I was sent this kit free of charge so that I could review it. However, rest assured that I’m sharing my honest opinion of the kit!
So the kit arrived in some pretty packaging, wrapped in pink tissue paper, making it feel very much like a treat!
Inside the box, there was an embroidery hoop, the printed pattern on fabric and a selection of embroidery threads in different colours. Also included was a handy stitch guide and a printed pattern that showed which stitch to use for the different parts of the butterfly.
I’ve done cross stitch before, but not embroidery, so in essence, I am a beginner. I was relieved that the stitch guide was simple to follow. The only stitch I struggled to understand was the french knot – I had to look at a video tutorial on YouTube for that one!
After securing the fabric into the embroidery hoop (pretty easy), I decided to start off with blanket stitch, as I’ve done this quite a few times before. I ended up with a bit of a wonky line, even though the pattern was right there for me to follow! (Facepalm.)
As I went on, I began to get the hang of it. I learned how to do chain stitch, flower stitch, satin stitch and french knots, all of which were new to me. There was a lot of backstitch involved, which I was comfortable with.
Here’s how the finished embroidery looks! I’m so happy with it. It’s been very therapeutic doing this of an evening, after dinner. And because I’m doing Dry January, it’s kept my hands busy and stopped me reaching for a glass of wine!
I’ll definitely be doing more embroidery in the future. In fact, I’ll be starting my next project very soon, as I was given a botanical-inspired embroidery kit for Christmas (thanks Mum!).
If you’re new to embroidery and fancy giving this butterfly kit a go, you can buy it online from Hawthorn Handmade for £19.50 plus shipping. I’d definitely recommend this for beginners, as it’s straightforward to get going. You may have to check out a video tutorial for some of the stitches, though the stitch guide is quite clear.
What do you think of my first embroidery project? Tell me in the comments below!
P.S. If you liked this post about embroidery, you might like this bead embroidered headband I made for my daughter a few years back. I think it’s quite special and I’ve put it in a keepsake box as I didn’t want it to break!
*All photos © Craftaholique.