This month’s Blogger Network blog post is about a project that was super quick to make! I've been enjoying getting stuck into a few more 'crafty' projects recently (rather than just dressmaking) as I've always loved dabbling in all sorts of crafts, whether it's cross stitch, sewing cushions, origami or card making. Last month I had a go at a needlework tote bag and this month it’s embroidery!

I picked this Carolyn Gavin/Dimensions embroidery kit from the Minerva Crafts website as a wedding gift for my workmate. He and his beautiful wife got married in Ilkley a couple of weekends ago (I got to wear my first ever By Hand London Elisalex dress- yay!) and, when you're as crafty as I am, it's only fair that they get an equally lovely handmade wedding gift, haha! Let’s hope they appreciate the handmade!

The kit I used is called 'A Heart That Loves' and features a heart-shaped flower with a cute little bird and a quote to the side: ‘a heart that loves is always young’. Very sweet! All the things you need to make the project are included in the kit, including the coloured canvas, fabric shapes, embroidery thread and needle, so all you have to do is follow the instructions and you're done. You get to practise a few different stitches too so it's a good project for those with limited experience or patience. The instructions show you how to do each of the stitches you need. I think I completed the entire project in an afternoon! Perhaps a good one for your summer holiday?

The only thing that the kit doesn't include is a frame so I bought a gold one from H&M which matches the jewel-tones of the embroidery nicely. The frame has glass on both sides and a chain to hang it up - I used some coloured paper on the reverse side of the embroidery and wrote a little note to the happy couple so when they flip it over they’ll be reminded of their wedding and who gave them the present!

Overall this is a great little project and I think a fab wedding gift! Have you ever had a go at embroidery before? This is only a small-scale project so I’d love to move onto something a bit more complicated. Perhaps I’ll have a go at embroidering onto the next dress that I make!