Welcome to the garden: spectacular embroidery you can do too (+ 2 giveaways!)

Let popular Moda fabric designer Kathy Schmitz take you on a tour of her garden: it’s an embroidered wonderland!

Welcome from
Stitches from the Garden

In her new book, Stitches from the Garden, Kathy shares her spectacularly embroidered nature scenes, charming hand-drawn sketches, and beautiful watercolor paintings. Together they create what Kathy calls “an embroiderer’s sketchbook of garden stitches.”

A peek into the pages of
Stitches from the Garden

Whether you love embroidery, nature, or simply cherish beautiful books, you’ll be inspired to play in Kathy’s lush garden—and she’ll guide you every step of the way. She’s our guest writer today, here to tell you all about the fun to be had in Stitches from the Garden. Welcome, Kathy!

Kathy at the Martingale Experience Bar during Spring Quilt Market 2016 in Salt Lake City.

But first…

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at The Gentle Art—Kathy’s choice for embroidery floss—sent us sampler packs of their beautiful hand-dyed embroidery thread PLUS two cute tote bags to give away to you! You can follow The Gentle Art on their Facebook page.


You could also win one of Kathy’s favorite tools! Kreinik’s Custom Corder is a hand-held tool that twists together two or more strands of floss to create cording, piping, and trim. We saw her demonstrate how it works at Quilt Market, and it is really cool! You can follow Kreinik on their Facebook page too.

(Thread not included with Kreinik Custom Corder giveaway.)

Learn how you can win one of these three prizes at the bottom of this post.

Kathy-SchmitzWhen the first green shoots pop out of the ground in spring I get inspired to paint those little beauties. The joyful paintings inspired the embroidery designs in Stitches from the Garden.

The projects vary from small, quick ones to a few more detailed pieces, like the Woodlands Table Runner below. Each is embellished with embroidery designs stitched in some of my favorite colors of floss.

Woodlands Table Runner

I really enjoy doing both quick and more elaborate embroidery, depending on how much time I have and my mood. In the little Acorn Needle House, I mixed both styles. It’s a small project that comes together quickly but looks quite detailed.

Little Acorn Needle House

If you look at the New Day Pillow below, you may notice that I love adding birds and nests to my designs! I thought it would be fun to surround this mama and her eggs in a garden of color. It’s a bit like a window into her home, as seen through a garden trellis.

New Day Pillow

Just like nature, I want my designs to be organic. So you’ll see that I rarely use straight lines in my designs. I like that these pieces aren’t perfect and that they look hand stitched. I hope that you will enjoy not only the designs in Stitches from the Garden but also the process of peacefully stitching without worrying about achieving perfection.

What I wish most for anyone who browses through this book is a sense of peace.

Thank you for sharing your new book with us, Kathy!

When it comes to embroidery, are you: 1) a top-notch needler, 2) a satisfactory stitcher, or 3) a brand-new beginner? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Stitches from the Garden plus one of the generous prizes above from The Gentle Art or Kreinik! We’ll choose three random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck, and happy stitching!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are:

Mary Jean, who says, “I am a satisfactory stitcher who is self taught. I have been stitching for many years and Kathy Schmitz is my favorite and I love all her designs.”

Kathy, who says, “I used to do a lot of hand embroidery, but only do an occasional piece now days. I wouldn’t say I’m top notch but probably better than the average. During the day I do a lot of machine sewing and pick up hand work at night. This would be perfect for night & vacation sewing.”

Jan, who says, “I’m a satisfactory stitcher….Love the feel of needle and thread in hand. So many different stitches to learn yet but I’m enjoying the journey!”

We’ll email you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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