The Crafter’s Box ‘Woodland Botanical Embroidery’ Review – February 2021
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The Crafter’s Box ‘Woodland Botanical Embroidery’ Review
The Crafter’s Box is an artisan craft subscription box that features a different, unique craft each month that is designed with the crafty adult in mind. The boxes are thoughtfully curated with high-end materials so that your finished products are modern and luxe. There’s also an accompanying video workshop led by the featured artist that introduces you to the craft and provides you with detailed instructions to complete the project.
Let’s take a look inside February’s box — the craft this month is Woodland Botanical Embroidery!
We received two info cards this month detailing information on what’s included in the box, as well as a short bio on the featured maker this month, Katie Martin of Harvest Goods Co. Katie turned to embroidery during a difficult pregnancy and the idea for Harvest Goods came about as a way to help families in the adoption process. We also received a frame from Modern Hoopla to display this month’s craft.
Now, onto the items!
Modern Hoopla 7″ Circle Frame – Retail Value $32.00
So excited that we received this frame from maker Kate Latham to go with our larger hoop art! This Birchwood circle frame has a white stain finish and perfectly frames our 7″ hoop. The frame is 10″ in diameter and has an interior opening of 6.75″. I know it’s not always possible for The Crafter’s Box to include a frame but it’s extra motivating when you know you have an easy way to display your work when you’re done.
7″ Wood Embroidery Hoop – Retail Value $4.75
4″ Wood Embroidery Hoop – Retail Value $3.48
We received these high-quality beechwood embroidery hoops. Even though we have a frame for our larger hoop, the hoops themselves are pretty enough to work as a frame. Both the wood and screw top feel really sturdy and I found that once I tightened the screw, it stayed in place as I was working and continuously tightening my fabric.
The embroidery needle we received measured approximately 1.7 inches. I found other embroidery needles online but I’m not sure they’re the same since the ones linked might be a bit shorter.
We were given two pieces of natural color cotton fabric pieces for our larger hoop and two pieces of both navy and sage fabric for the smaller hoop.
I mentioned this in my last review but I love how the Crafter’s Box provides almost every tool you’ll need for your project, which is perfect for a non-crafty person like me who didn’t previously own this basic tool. I’ve been using these now to cut off clothing tags.
How pretty are these colors? We received a winter palette of 11 colors. There’s probably going to be plenty of floss leftover, especially since you’re separating out just a strand or two to work with at a time.
Harvest Goods Co Original Pattern – Estimated Value $10.00
Harvest Goods Co Juniper Embroidery Pattern – Retail Value $7.00
Harvest Goods Co Hellebore Pattern – Estimated Value $7.00
Our main project this month is a custom pattern from Katie’s company, Harvest Goods Co. There are also two additional smaller patterns. We got printouts of the patterns in our box but could also download the PDFs online.
In addition to the tools and materials in this kit, our workshop also includes a digital workshop valued at $25.00 (this is the video access only price) and a live Q&A with the featured maker.
Now, let’s get to stitching!
The first step is to trace the pattern onto the fabric. You can use a tracing app and lay your fabric over an iPad to do this or use a window as a lightbox. After you’ve loaded up your fabric, the first stitch we learned was the split stitch for the fir stems. We used a single strand of the dark brown floss for the stems. Next, we used two strands of the light blue floss for the fir sprigs. Then we learned how to do seed stitches to help fill in any pattern. We used two strands of the cream floss for the seed stitch. I think it’s best not to overthink the seed stitches, and just go with what looks good to you.
For the winterberries, we used split stitches for the stems, light green and dark green satin stitches for the leaves, and long and short stitches for the berries themselves. We finished the berries with tiny stitches at the top. You can also use satin stitch for the berries but I agree with Katie that the long and short stitch adds a more interesting texture.
My favorite stitch so far was the stem stitch we used for the eucalyptus. It’s so fast and flows really nicely. We used satin stitch again for the eucalyptus leaves. It was then that I realized that I didn’t do the first set of leaves with satin stitch correctly. I didn’t think they looked right but couldn’t figure out what was wrong at first. I was just trying to fill in the space and wasn’t thinking about the direction the stitches should be.
Here is my work in progress. Katie says you should take your time with this project and that it will probably take 3 or 4 sessions to finish. I think it’ll take me a lot longer than that but I’ve enjoyed learning these stitches and I think once you’ve mastered them, you’ll have a lot of leftover floss to embroider on other fabric.
Verdict: The Crafter’s Box is really great at introducing a new craft to beginners without making it too simple. I think this box would be perfect for intermediate levels because you have this beautifully curated kit and you’ll probably be able to finish the main project over several sessions. As a beginner, it’s definitely a challenge but if you follow the detailed, step-by-step instructions, I think you’ll end up with a gorgeous finished piece, and advance very quickly thanks to the expert tips and tricks you learn on the way.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but you can purchase past workshops as a single box for $75.00 in the Crafter’s Box marketplace. You can see which workshop you’ll receive before you sign up.
Value Breakdown: I calculated a value of $102.69 for all the items, PDF patterns, and the video tutorial. I think the inclusion of the custom frame really added a lot of extra value to this box and I can’t wait to finish my project so I can display it in the frame.
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