Reported by Francie Horton
When I found out we were doing reviews of Kitschy Digitals products, I emailed Melissa back within minutes about the embroidery patterns. I knew exactly what I wanted to make from the moment I saw them. Only the fruit and cupcake patterns are called kawaii (Japanese for “cute”) but as far as I’m concerned all of them are adorable. I just wish there were more than three available!
I started by downloading the password-protected pdf files from my email, which also contained the password. According to the owner, Danielle Thompson, this “…is to just put one little extra step in there to keep people from pirating the files (or to make it a little harder)… a lot of people do this with embroidery patterns, especially indie designers like me with small businesses.” I suggest making a folder for your patterns and, in that folder, a text file with the name of the pattern and its corresponding password. This should keep you from losing the password and having to either search your email or contact Danielle repeatedly. In the event that you accidentally delete the email you’ll thank me for it as well.
The pattern includes several full color photographs, tracing and transfer instructions, and a black and white line drawing of the pattern. Olivia and the cupcake come in two different sizes. All the patterns also include the reverse images. I feel the reverse image pages should be marked as such in case they get separated from the rest of the pages when printed out. With Olivia and the cupcake it doesn’t really matter. But with the Japanese speech bubbles, you might look a little silly stitching the text on backwards. The photographs included are amazing. You can click to zoom in… further… further… further… they never lose their crispness. They’re full of fresh, sharp detail.
Written on the patterns is “Remember that these are just color and stitch suggestions. Feel free to play with your own color and stitch choices on these patterns.” I’m guessing this refers to the colors and stitches used in the photos. There is not a stitch guide included. I can work without suggested stitches for the project but a general stitch guide would be very helpful. A guide would be nice for some of us to brush up on old stitches we may have forgotten (or that darn French knot!) and it would make it a little less intimidating for newbies. In the meantime, these are all excellent resources with clear directions and good diagrams:
For Olivia, I stitched the large size image on unbleached muslin then sewed strips of quilting cotton around the edges to make a pillow front. I backed it with vintage pink chenille and inserted a slouchy pillow form for comfort. This would be perfect in a little girl’s room. Or a big girl’s room, for that matter. I did find that it was easiest to draw the stripes on her dress with a ruler than to try to trace them perfectly straight. I used vintage tiny real buttons instead of stitching them as indicated in the photo. I used DMC flosses numbered 776, 3811, 597, 832, 434, 310, 3768, 819 and white.
For the Kawaii Cute Fruit pattern, I stitched it on unbleached muslin as well but made it into a dishtowel. Then I trimmed it out with vintage ric-rac and braid from my collection. I think this one is my favorite. I can’t wait to make more towels for a whole set. I used flosses numbered 349, 776, 731, and 310.
With the Kawaii Cute Cupcake, I wanted to make a birthday banner. It’s a very long one, too. I stitched the smaller cupcake on muslin and then just clipped fairly close to the outside edge of the stitching. I used Martha Stewart clear glue to attach it to cardstock to give it some body as well as using the glue to lightly fraycheck the sides. All the papers are from BasicGrey’s 6”x6” paper pads Obscure, Recess, Gypsy and LilyKate. The chipboard letters are from Classic K. All trims and ribbons are from my personal collection and are a mix of vintage and new. I used flosses numbered 310, 838, 3848, 741, 350, 353, 726, and 899.
The banner is well over 20 feet long. There was no way to get all of it in one picture and show any kind of detail.
I will definitely make more of these projects. Perhaps even another birthday banner that will get taken out and used every time someone has a birthday? And maybe one for my nephew’s first birthday. But then of course my niece will want one. I’d better stock up on cardstock! 😉
- Simple patterns, yet beautiful results
- Excellent photography
- Downloadable files mean instant gratification!
- No stitch guide
- Japanese should be marked when in reverse
- It would be nice to see the project stitched up in more than one color scheme.
As you can see I really had to think hard to find a third “con” to these patterns. I enjoyed working with them and will definitely continue to watch for more in the future. I give them a perfect 10.
Have you ever downloaded embroidery patterns? How do you feel about them? How likely are you to try these? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Giveaway Time!!! Danielle has generously donated prizes for 2 winners. One winner will get digital kits and one will win print kits/embroidery patterns. All you have to do is leave your comments letting us know what you love about Kitschy Digitals on any of the Kitschy Digitals posts. You have until Friday at Midnight to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday!
And as a BONUS giveaway… Francie has graciously offered a prize pack including the Olivia pillow and the Happy Birthday banner to one of our readers. Leave a comment on THIS POST to be entered into that drawing! Winner will be announced on Saturday!