I have a question for you, dear reader. Have you ever been in an embroiderer’s living room and looked at their hoop collection and noticed a bee embroidery hanging on the wall? Creating one bumblebee embroidery, usually surrounded by flowers with the bee in the centre, is like a rite of passage in an embroiderer’s life. Once you’ve learned how to do Lazy Daisies and your French Knots are starting to look like actual knots, the next logical step is a bumblebee embroidery.
That’s why I was so excited when issue 13 of Love Embroidery came with a set of iron-on transfers with multiple bee designs. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I don’t have an iron, but that didn’t stop me from following the design.
The iron-on transfers come without colour recommendations, so I took inspiration from some embroideries I had seen on Etsy.
As I had the freedom to choose the stitches, I went for a simple but classic combination: Satin Stitch and French Knots.
I like this design. It’s cute, ideal for Spring, even though it’s almost Summer now, and it’s the perfect addition to my embroidery wall on top of my sofa. It makes me feel like a real embroiderer now that I have a bumblebee hoop.
I don’t have anything planned for my next embroidery. I’m just hoping my Craftpod arrives sometime in June so I can have something cute to stitch.