I’m not all that good at embroidery. I can manage a little embellishment on a hand knit and I’m not bad at Sashiko but fancy stitches…. I’m just not that neat or skillful.


I recently subscribed to a box scheme called Craftpod to help me learn and improve my skills. Although my first box arrived a while ago it was only on Easter Monday that I had the chance to see what I could do.

IMG_20190422_143103It was a beautiful day so we flung the doors of our extension open. My eldest got my sewing machine out to make a shirt and I unpacked the two kits in my Craft pod. The embroidered and collage picture of a bird was a little daunting so I began with the pin cushion. I had thought that the template might be an iron-on transfer that I could follow on the felt. But they were just to give you an idea. I was expected to embroider them freehand and without a safety harness. GULP. After one leaf I decided the supplied design was too difficult so just made it up. If I was going to improve this design I think a beginner needs a bit more help and direction.

I’m really pleased with how the embroidery turned out. Sewing the rest of the pincushion together was really easy and I’m delighted with the finished object. I now have enough confidence to try out the picture. I’m not sure that I will leave it in the hoop-it looks a bit twee to me. I might just turn it into a Book cover or a handy project pouch.


I paid £84 for a year’s subscription to Craftpod which I think is great value.

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