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The Lavender Collection

The Lavender Collection was inspired after spending a lovely afternoon at The Lavender Fields in Alton, Hampshire, which included a cream tea. The lavender was so beautiful with lots of varieties in various shades of purple. There were also some wildflowers planted nearby, which beautifully complemented the lavender. I took lots of photos whilst I was there, and once back home, it wasn’t long before I started drawing my first design of the Lavender Collection, named Wilma.

Wilma is inspired by the different varieties of lavender mixed with the wildflowers. I used shades of purple thread to represent the different varieties of lavender grown in the fields. I love the colour contrast between the bright wildflowers and the purple lavender.

July 2022 saw the launch of Dilly. Dilly is a lovely design to stitch, it’s straightforward to achieve but the combination of stitches works perfectly to form the lavender and makes for quite a satisfying stitch too! I initially launched three Dilly kits, each one using different fabrics and thread colours to help illustrate the many varieties of lavender. Choosing the thread colours for my designs is one of my favourite parts of the design process. I have a DMC thread colour chart which includes the whole range of DMC threads. I take my time to choose a colour that I feel represents the flower. I feel the shade and tone of a colour is just as important as the colour itself.

The Wilma hoop embroidery kit proved so popular I decided to launch a Wilma heart kit too! Lots of you love the hearts so it only felt right to offer Wilma in a heart shape. The Wilma heart design is worked onto ivory-coloured wool felt which is lovely to embroider onto and makes the design pop.

Dilly soon became popular and by customer-request I have now added a new heart colour option – ivory-coloured wool felt. Sometimes the ivory colour is preferred over the beige wool felt so now you can choose! The thread colours differ from the ivory and beige heart. The beige Dilly heart uses brighter purple tones, whereas the ivory Dilly heart has a softer purple colour palette.

All my hand embroidery kits include full step-by-step instructions and all the materials you need apart from a pair of scissors. You will also need some toy/cushion filling for the hearts, or you could use some dried lavender instead.

Happy stitching!

Hannah x


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