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Learn to hand-embroider with The Stitchery.

The Stitchery was founded in 2018 by Nicki Franklin of The Little Green Door. The first subscription began in January with a 12-month project of seasonal embroidery patterns aimed at beginners and advanced stitchers alike.

The stitching community built rapidly on social media with instagrammers sharing their work via the hashtag #thestitcheryjournal ; it was amazing to see real online friendships forged across the world by a common desire to learn to stitch and carve out a little quiet time for oneself.

The kits were packaged in beautiful handmade envelopes with small packets of fripperies; wisps of lace and scraps of faded floral fabrics which stitchers could use to embellish their work. Kate Nicole of Oyster Bridge provided heavenly hand-written and hand dyed labels attached to the kits with beautiful old fabric. Examples of the embroideries can be seen in the gallery below and on instagram using the hashtag thestitcheryjournal

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For 2019, I am pleased to offer two subscription options.

Monthly Subscription #thestitcherysampler

Inspired by my love of words, typography and antique monograms, the 2019 monthly subscription will be an A-Z needlework sampler.

For my work at The Stitchery I have spent the year inspecting, buying and hoarding all kinds of antique linen sheets. Most of them have been either elaborately embroidered with ornate monograms or at the very least sport a discreet crossed stitch initial at the hem. It has given me such pleasure sorting through the monograms and I have to confess that the fancier the better!

I am also an avid reader and have always loved a hardback storybook with illuminated letters. I would often decorate the first letter of the stories and correspondence that I wrote as a child. The combination of lettering and drawing fascinates me and so working with Kate Nicole of Oyster Bridge & Co this year has been such a privilege. Kate’s delicate lettering and scrollwork has no doubt been influenced by the beautiful antique French documents, magazines and books that her family has sourced for more than 20 years. With its refined, almost ethereal beauty, I have found Kate’s work and her guidance hugely inspiring.

I wanted the subscription next year to be a little more challenging for the stitchers taking part and feedback from the journal suggested that my subscribers would like to have something they can frame and show off, having worked so hard on their needlework skills. With this in mind I have created an A-Z sampler. Kate Nicole has provided the artwork, illustrations and lettering for the packaging. It is super gorgeous.

In month one you will receive the backing linen printed with the full sampler pattern outlines together with the thread, patterns and instructions for three letters. Each month thereafter you will receive another two or three letter patterns to stitch together with the threads and full size pattern for you to use for other pieces of work afterwards. Perhaps you would like to monogram a pair of pillowcases as a gift or work a ‘welcome’ sign for your home. Each letter works beautifully together and although they are decorated with differing flowers and stitches the whole pattern is perfectly harmonious.

The patterns each month will be kept as a mystery and you will be able to connect with other stitchers and follow progress with the hashtag #thestitcherysampler

This year I provided youtube tutorials for the first few months to share the detail of the stitches; this will be something that I do every month with the Stitchery Sampler to share how to work the letters but it will be subscriber content only. There has been a real community of stitchers this year and I am keen to help share this and widen the community next year with fun online webinars for stitchers and gatherings across the country for those who would like to meet their stitchery friends in person. This is all included within the cost of the subscription. Subscribers can also expect other additional patterns and suprises in the boxes; each quarter subscribers will receive a set of small floral motifs to adorn their work. At the end of the year subscribers will also receive the pattern for an A-Z of lower case letters and numbers, to complete the collection and enable stitchers to design their own work going forward.

To enable me to gauge interest, I am selling the first month of the subscription as a one-off now with a view to setting up the subscriber button in January for the months of February to December. You can buy your first subscription and reserve a place in the project by purchasing here. There is also the option to buy a year’s subscription in full at a discounted price; this is a great idea for Christmas presents and you can find more information here.

Quarterly Subscription #thestitcheryseasons

In addition to the monthly embroidery subscription, I am delighted to say that Kate and I will work closely together next year to provide a LIMITED EDITION quarterly subscription. (As at January 2019, subscriptions are sold out.)

Based on the Seasons you can expect a beautifully packaged parcel from the two of us in March, June, September and December. For all of my workshops at the Rosehip Farmhouse, Kate has created her beautiful handmade journals with personalised labels. For 2019, Kate will create the folder and the labels for a special seasonal embroidery pattern that I have designed. Again, the pattern and packaging design will remain a secret until we post them but numbers are strictly limited to ensure that Kate can handmake each and every folder to hold your embroidery pattern. You can buy the first kit here and a gift voucher for the full subscription here (there is no discount for the full subscription but it will ensure that you reserve a kit for quarters 2, 3 and 4).

I hope you can join us for another happy year of stitching, friendship and inspiration.

Nicki x