What inspired Natalie to try hand embroidery?Sep 08, 2022
Natalie Smart re-found hand embroidery just five years ago. Now she helps other adults learn and enjoy the unique Bargello style of embroidery with her kits and workshops.
Here's Natalie's story of returning to a childhood love, inspired by an exotic holiday.
'When I was a child, I dabbled in hand embroidery, first at primary school, then I was given cross-stitch kits as gifts, that I enjoyed getting stuck into.
I didn’t really get the hand embroidery bug again until 5 years ago during a trip to Morocco 🇲🇦
I discovered this amazing stall in Marrakech, where they were selling beautiful leather hand-embroidered bags, and I bought several of them in different colours!
As well as the bags, there was amazing embroidery craftsmanship everywhere!
The visit to Morocco inspired me to try hand embroidery again 🪡🪡🪡
Once I was back from my trip, I found an online course where I completed an embroidery sampler, trying out various embroidery stitches.
I then created this cute hand embroidered dog harness for little Miss Daisy with my newly acquired embroidery skills.
A couple of years later, I discovered the groovy Florentine Stitch in my 1970s embroidery magazines, and that’s when I discovered the wonderful world of Bargello embroidery. I’ve been addicted to this style of embroidery ever since! 💕💕💕'
Have you tried hand embroidery?
Natalie is founder of Bargello a GoGo, and we are so happy to have her as a Creativity Found Collective member.
For more info about Bargello embroidery and the kits, supplies and workshops that Bargello A GoGo offer, click here.
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