Mandalas to Embroider Book Party!

Cover - Mandalas to Embroider

The book party has been cancelled! Sorry!

You are cordially invited to a party for my new book, Mandalas to Embroider.

The party is on November 24th 6-8 PM at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead, London. It is a free even but please RSVP using the links below so I know how many people are coming, I don’t want to run out of wine and cake! 😉

Sounds like fun! I’ll be at the party and I also want to pre-order a copy of the book to pick up on the day.

Count me in! I’ll be at the party. There will be a limited availability of book copies to buy as well if you don’t want to pre-order one.

There will be a raffle for a stitchy prize and I’ll have some of the book embroideries there to look at.

Of course, if you can’t make it to the party, you can also pre-order a copy to be sent to you. All pre-orders will receive a little something extra as a thank you.

I really, really appreciate pre-orders — they do make a difference for authors. They create a buzz among booksellers, the media, and other readers. So if you’re interested in my new book, and you have the time and inclination, it helps to give the book a boost when you pre-order. Plus you’ll get it sooner.

And yes, I totally understand if you order it from Amazon or elsewhere that can offer you free shipping. Unfortunately I can’t do that, but I will wrap your book in pretty tissue paper. 😉

Poinsettia Flourish spread - Mandalas to Embroider
Here’s one of the spreads from the book, this mandala is called Poinsettia Flourish. I love the photos of the embroideries, styling and photography by Stacy Grant.

Take a look inside the book in this short video of me flicking through the book. 🙂

Gloriana – New Embroidery Pattern!

Buy the pattern!
Non-EU customers: Gloriana
UK/EU customers: Gloriana (please note that I have to email the pattern to UK/EU customers for tax reasons. I’ll email it to you as quickly as I possibly can!)

The pattern is inspired by a sketch of a painting in the National Portrait Gallery in London. It is a beautiful painting of Queen Elizabeth I from circa 1600. I hope I have done the painting and the person justice in my own stitchy way. 🙂

Happy World Embroidery Day!

Free embroidery pattern

Happy World Embroidery Day! If there’s a random day of note to celebrate, one for embroidery is definitely at the top of my list!

To celebrate, I made a pattern for you, one of my recent drawings of wild flowers, Ranunculus Ficaria. You can grab a copy in the ‘tip jar’ section of my shop. You can also download it here until August 6th without going through the shop.

There are two sizes of the pattern and both in reversed versions too. If you need a way to change the size of the pattern to something else, here’s a tutorial for that.

Happy stitching! 🙂

xo Carina

Pattern Throwback – Summer Bouquet

Pattern Throwback Thursday
This week’s Throwback pattern is Summer Bouquet. Full of leaves and buds and flowers and hearts and tendrils. All the things I love to include. My patterns do tend to be quite busy in a small space. I think maybe I have a bit of ‘horror vacui’ (fear of empty space). Must fill every little space with tendrils or French knots!

One day I’d love to stitch this again, I think it would be lovely in Delft blue. 🙂

Summer Bouquet embroidery pattern

Find Summer Bouquet here: polkaandbloom.com: World//EU. Etsy. Payhip.

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Pattern Throwback – Flower Crown Reverie

Pattern Throwback Thursday

Flower Crown Reverie embroidery pattern
This pattern, it’s quite simple. I tend to use a lot of colours in my patterns, cram in lots of stitches. But not here. Not a lot going on, only a few colours, too. I like it. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s ok to make something simple. Something that is just a pleasure to stitch. Almost meditative.

The pattern feels sweet and romantic. Because it is. It is inspired by summer evening walks, picking flowers while the sun sets and putting them in your hair. Using different colours and adding names and dates, it would be a lovely embroidery for a romantic gift or for a birthday.

Because it’s so simple, it’s a great pattern for beginner stitchers, you only need to know a few stitches – or learn them as you go – to make a pretty stitchery. That is one of the beautiful things about embroidery, you can make something beautiful even as a beginner. 🙂

Flower Crown Reverie embroidery pattern

Find Flower Crown Reverie here: polkaandbloom.com: World//EU. Payhip. Etsy
Flower Crown Reverie - embroidery pattern

Pattern Throwback – Calavera Sugar Skull

Pattern Throwback Thursday
The Pattern Throwback this week is the Calavera Sugar Skull pattern. Continuing a bit of a Mexican theme from last week’s Las Flores de Frida. I’m not really into skulls in general, but I love sugar skulls. I think my stitched version is a pretty funky chap.

In the pattern I also included a female version with earrings and stuff. A skull with earrings, of course! 🙂

Calavera embroidery pattern
Look at the watermark on the photos, 2011! Time flies like crazy! Maybe it’s time to do another pattern to go along with the other Mexican inspired ones. Next could be a Calavera Catrina, I’ve been thinking about that for a while.

Stitch yourself a Calavera Sugar Skull: polkaandbloom.comPayhipEtsy.

Calavera embroidery pattern - detail