Colonial knot embroidery tutorial with Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda 🇮🇹

Inside Italian quiltmaker Serena Boffa Soda’s world, petite pleasures abound. Her teeny-tiny landscape quilts are astonishing. We could spend hours oohing and ahing at all the pint-sized details!

Colonial knot flowers
Flowers as tiny as a pinhead!

Some of the most adorable details? Her wee little sheep, trees, and bushes:

Colonial knot embroidery

Colonial knot pumpkinsWe had a wonderful time meeting Serena when she came to the United States to attend Fall Quilt Market in November. She shared with us two of her favorite embroidery stitches: the colonial knot and the bullion stitch. She uses the colonial knot for her sheep and foliage and the bullion stitch for her sweet pumpkins (right).

Here’s Serena to show you how easy it is to embroider puffy sheep and billowy trees and bushes just like she does with a colonial knot embroidery tutorial!


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Here’s another tip we got from Serena—a great one if you want to go embroidery-hoop free:

Serena Boffa Soda“When I embroider, I stabilize all my fabrics, because I don’t love to use an embroidery hoop. What I do love to use is a very light fusible stabilizer on the back of my cotton fabric; it makes the fabric a bit firmer. Then I’m ready to start working hoop-free.”

Wondering how Serena stitches her pumpkins? We’ll be sharing another how-to video from Serena in an upcoming post, so stay tuned! While you’re waiting, you might want to step into Serena’s teensy world for a “little” embroidery fun:

Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging
Four Seasons Dream Wall Hanging

Colonial knot snowman
Close up: use the colonial knot for snow—and a snowman!

My Blessings Table Topper
My Blessings Table Topper

Colonial knot flowers
Close up: colonial-knot flowers

The Simple Life Table Runner
The Simple Life Table Runner

Embroidered flower garden
Close up: the flower garden is in full swing!

Note: Serena’s appliqués are all fusible—just cut out, fuse, and embroider! 👍

Small WondersWhat’s your level of embroidery expertise?

  • I’m an expert.
  • I’m learning and loving it!
  • Never tried it, but I want to learn how now!

Tell us in the comments!


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