Frequently Asked Questions
How do you back your pieces?
I use a felt circle to back all of my pieces. I feel like this gives it a little extra stability and a finished look.
Will the dried flowers on some pieces dry out and break?
If they aren’t handled properly they can! They need to be hung in a cool, dry place without direct sunlight hitting them. As long as you do this they will be won’t break.
What kind of fabric do you use?
I use an undyed cotton muslin for most of my pieces. Occasionally I use a twill fabric with a broader weave.
What are your “labels” made out of?
They are made out heavy duty cardstock. I print them and punch holes on them, then stitch them onto the fabric.
How did you learn embroidery?
I did a basic pattern that I bought through Etsy. It taught me a back stitch, satin stitch and french knot. After that I started experimenting and now use my thread to “draw” stitches more than use a conventional embroidery stitch.
What type of stitches do you use?
I typically use a satin stitch, back stitch and french knot. I also use a sort of “textured satin stitch” to paint or draw with my thread. My embroidery pattern teaches this stitch.
How long does it take you to make one of your works?
It can take anywhere from 3 hours to 20 hours depending on the difficulty of my piece. My landscapes usually take upwards of 15 hours whereas my smaller botanical studies only take about 3-5.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration by the things growing on the land around me and by staying in tune with the passing of time and seasons and its effect on the landscape.
How much do you spend on supplies for each piece?
Somewhere between $7 and $35 depending on size
How long have you been embroidering?
Since my son was born in 2016 so roughly 3.5 years
How to you pack and secure your hoops for shipping?
For my smaller hoops I secure them in a brown paper bag and then mail them in
a cushioned mailing envelope. For my larger hoops I package them in a cardstock
box and ship them with large mailing sleeve. I try to use recycled shipping
materials wherever possible. So if there's bubblewrap in your package, there's
a good chance it came from one of my own orders.