WIP: Summer Nights Stitch-Along, Week 1

I’ve never really done any embroidery, but it’s a craft I’ve always wanted to try. So when I saw this post on Sew Mama Sew about Little Dorrit & Co’s Summer Nights Stitch-Along, I decided to stitch-along!


I had to go shopping for a small embroidery hoop, and while I was in my sewing shop, I spied a fat quarter of starry fabric for sale that I thought would suit the project. To mark the template, I used a Prym Aqua Trickmarker which I already had in my sewing box. So these bright blue lines will all disappear once I’ve finished!

This week, I practised running stitches, back stitches and long straight stitches. I’m familiar with all those stitches already so it’s a nice way to ease myself into embroidery!

Are any of you taking part in this stitch-along?

15 thoughts on “WIP: Summer Nights Stitch-Along, Week 1

  1. lucyannluna

    When I’ve attempted embroidery, I don’t use a hoop, I hold the fabric in my hand. My Mum taught me , she is a qualified embroydress , on some thing so small it is easier with no frame. I remember her embroidery frames ( used only for large commissions) they were between 4 to 6 ft. She made church altar cloths & banners etc, they were beautiful. I sat as a child underneath when she worked in the middle to push the needle back through!
    Good luck, she always said it was the end result that mattered.

    1. craftysorcha Post author

      Thank you!
      My mother did a lot of embroidery when she was younger and she never used a frame or hoop either.
      Personally, I prefer sewing with the hoop!

  2. Hannah Cox

    I absolutely love creating artwork in embroidery hoops – it’s so effective, particularly if you choose a beautiful fabric as your base. Then quite often I use the hoop as a frame and simply hang my work up on the wall! Great post x

    1. craftysorcha Post author

      Any handcraft can be relaxing, if you don’t feel able to embroider, you could try crochet or sewing maybe? And make some nice accessories for your lovely wardrobe!

  3. KerryCan

    It seems to me that embroidery is making a comeback right now-you’ll be at the cutting edge of the trend! The fabric you chose is charming and your stitches look great so far. Keep us posted!

  4. Born To Organize

    I’m not taking part, but that is a sweet little project. I loved embroidery when I was in high school and college. It’s relaxing. Enjoy. Your stitches are perfection.


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