A little hand stitching

In between sessions at the sewing machine I am continuing work on my folk art embroideries from around the world…

I finished this Mola inspired piece last week.

I’m not sure which way up it’s supposed to be viewed. What do you think?

Here’s a close up of some of the brightly colored chain stitch. I just added a few rows of running stitch and a little satin stitch to finish it off.




Three Molas are enough for now. For my next piece I went a few thousand miles west… all the way to India! The design was inspired by an illustration in a Dover book, simplified and enlarged before I transferred it to a piece of Kona cotton.


Again I used mostly chain stitch with some simple wrappings and then fly stitch, stem stitch, lazy daisies and french knots for a little variety.


The variegated perle cottons from House of Embroidery do a lot of the work!


I have a crocodile ready to stitch next and then I think I’ll tackle an elephant…

I do like the freedom of folk-art style embroidery. Less stress is always good!


  1. carol steavens said:

    Genius results. Seems inspired by ancients petroglyphs!!!I watch ancient aluens programs on H2. Seems inspired.

    August 4, 2015
  2. Jean Schowe said:

    I absolutely love the peacock! Your work is beautiful.

    August 4, 2015
  3. Kathy said:

    They are stunning!!

    August 4, 2015
  4. Chris Clark said:

    I love this!

    August 5, 2015
  5. Nadine Donovan said:

    So beautiful- I have not embroidered in many years. This makes me want to pick it up again.

    August 10, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Nadine! I love having something I can take with me, either downstairs in front of the TV or on the road. It’s not quick…you do have to enjoy the process 🙂

      August 10, 2015
  6. Senta said:

    I love it!

    July 26, 2017

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