Embroidery and sewing class: make an embroidered Róza blouse at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA!

The amazing folks at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA are offering a really cool new class for embroidery and sewing TOGETHER!  Two of my favorite things, obvs ;) – but also:

Kate & Rose patterns

The class will be using Kate & Rose patterns: the Róza blouse and your choice of the Faraway Garden or Floral Geometry pattern sets. Looks like they still have some spots open, and to be honest, I’m a teensy-tiny bit jealous… I would have SUCH FUN coming along to stitch away with y’all!

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Behind the scenes…

Things have been pretty quiet around this blog all March, but not because there’s nothing going on behind the scenes.



Remember how I was searching for fabric? I think I found some. This one above is the only image I can show for now. But this is not the whole story, not at all. It will just take a lee-ttle while longer before I can tell you the rest.

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Lovely embroidered napkins, and another chance to win a hot-iron transfer embroidery pattern

Jeri of My Modern Vintage just posted a lovely review of the Kate & Rose embroidery patterns, take a look at the sweet embroidered napkins she made! She chose a design from the Faraway Garden pattern set.

Jeri is also graciously hosting a giveaway of the patterns, so hop on over to her blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a hot-iron embroidery transfer pattern! Winners will be chosen this weekend.

Faraway Garden with traditional stitching

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Searching for fabric

Do you know what a Pavlovo Posad shawl is?

I’m searching for fabric to make one of the final samples of the three sewing patterns I’m finishing up. The sample for the photo shoot. There is a particular print I can see so clearly in my mind’s eye. The only problem is that no fabric store on the face of the earth seems to carry it. It’s a wildly floral, feminine, soft, drapey woven wool fabric in bold colors, folksy but somehow elegant too. Kind of like this print:

PEPIN series : fashion, textiles & patterns

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Introducing the Bloom of the Month series, and the Snowdrop embroidery pattern

Friends, here is the first installment of the new Bloom of the Month series, the new Snowdrop embroidery pattern!

snowdrop embroidery pattern

Each Bloom of the Month pattern explores a single motif – folklore-inspired, usually – and/or a single stitching technique. These patterns include one main design that prints cleanly at US Letter or A4 size (should you wish to use your ink jet printer to print directly onto fabric), a couple of smaller motifs to play around with, and a bonus full-page design . Continue Reading →

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How to print embroidery patterns onto fabric with an inkjet printer: a tutorial

With the Bloom of the Month patterns I wanted to try something I heard about: that you can use your home inkjet printer to print embroidery patterns quickly and neatly right onto the fabric you’ll stitch on.

Snowdrop PDF embroidery pattern

So, the PDF download of the Snowdrop pattern has two pages that are completely free of any markings except for the pattern design itself because this way, you can print these pages out on the fabric you’ll embroider. Here’s how. Continue Reading →

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Seeking: pattern testers!

I’m finishing up the last details of the new Kate & Rose mini-collection of sewing patterns and I’m looking for a few more pattern testers. Would you like to be one of them?


Here’s what’s involved. When the patterns are ready for testing, you will receive a PDF of the instructions and pattern, printable on US letter or A4 size paper at home, or in the copyshop on 36″ or 90 cm paper, along with a brief note explaining what type of feedback I’m looking for. You will have two weeks to try the pattern and let me know what you think. Afterwards, I’d love to have photographs of your creation to share on the blog here. As a pattern tester, you will also receive a free paper copy of the pattern of your choice once the collection is released.

If you’re interested, send an email to info@kate-and-rose.com, or leave a comment below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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What you made

Several of you recently posted lovely examples of what you made with the Róza pattern or one of the hot-iron embroidery patterns, and I love them so much I wanted to show them here as well.

Laurie made a cute winter flannel Róza blouse (via Kollabora):

Laurie made the Róza with long sleeves, straight front, and a high-low hemline. I love the mustard skirt she paired with it, don’t you? Just looking at Laurie’s outfit makes the freezing weather we’ve been having lately feel a little less cold.

On that note, I can’t stop thinking of flowers and spring, so while it’s still snowing outside, here’s some folksy embroidery! In December I’d asked a couple of bloggers who like folksy embroidery to review the Kate & Rose hot iron transfers, and last week Dóra and Starr showed some stunning projects they’d made. Continue Reading →

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New stockist: Gather Here in Cambridge, MA

Meet our new stockist: Gather Here in Cambridge, Massachusetts! Gather Here is an awesome stitch lounge and fabric store where, among many other lovely things, you can now buy Kate & Rose patterns. If you’re in the Boston area, drop in to pick up everything you need to make an embroidered Róza blouse: the pattern, a hot-iron transfer (or two…), as well as all the fabric and thread you might need.

Kate & Rose patterns

(Wouldn’t the center inset of the Róza blouse look cute with this long design from the Faraway Garden pattern set?)

But that is not all. Gather Here also offers a studio space to make things (and meet other makers), and classes starting with all kinds of sewing and ranging through knitting and crochet to screen printing, toy-making and – but of course! – embroidery. And the Pints’n Purls evenings: what could be better than stitching away with crafty friends over some beer? Definitely a shop after my own heart ;)

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Looking back to go forward

There’s an item of clothing I’ve been carrying around with me since I was 12 or 13 years old. It’s a blue lace fitted top from the early 1960s, fabric-covered buttons all the way up the back:


The buttons do work all the way up to the neckline, just not on this dress form (which has an entirely non-human shape). This top used to belong to my mother, and I wore it lots in my Madonna period, in the style of the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan.” I won’t show you pictures of this and, well, suffice it to say I now think it was one of the (many) more questionable fashion trends of the mid-1980s. Continue Reading →

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