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Free Spirit Artist Trio #2: Guest Tutorial in Loulouthi with Hand Embroidery from Anna Maria Horner

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Welcome to part two of our latest Free Spirit Fabrics Artist Trio series. These collected articles are a way for our Sew4Home friends to meet some fabulous Free Spirit designers, try out a special project each has created just for us, and enter to win some gorgeous fabrics and other goodies. Easy and fun as 1-2-3. This Trio is all about prolific designer, Anna Maria Horner. Last month, we interviewed Anna. Today, she shares an original table scarf pattern with beautiful hand-embroidery accents. Thread up your needle and read on.

The gorgeous Loulouthi for Free Spirit Fabrics is Anna Maria's latest collection, which is in stores and online now. Check out the selection available from our Shopping Directory fabric retailers.

We used it for our Travel Tidy series, which included nine stylish storage projects:  Sleep Mask.

Anna Maria is well known for her beautiful and inspiring handwork. She sees this personal art form as being ready to burst through onto the popular scene. In fact, one of her latest ventures with Free Spirit is the beautiful pearl cotton and floss that came out in colors to coordinate with Loulouthi. "I am so excited to be part of what I would call a reawakening of needlework arts," says Anna. "There have been huge advances in design and manufacturing in the yarn and fabric world, and I think we are just now starting to see interest return."

Her Table Scarf Guest Tutorial features several needlework stitches combined for a lush, dimensional feel. This project reminds me of the embroidered linens my own grandmother made for us - simple yet elegant, they give any setting a warm, nostalgic ambience.

Anna Maria created her Guest Tutorial as a .pdf file. It includes beautiful photos and detailed instructions for how to do the hand embroidery stitches.

Click the image below to download the Plaid Pods Embroidery Pattern. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program. Please be aware that this .pdf is large, so please be patient with the download process.

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Read more about Anna Maria, where she comes from and what makes her tick in our original interview.

Or visit her blog and her website.

Stay tuned later this month for part three: the Anna Maria Artist Trio Great Giveaway.

Thanks for sharing, Anna Maria.

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Comments (12)

Tennjenny said:
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Javadiva, try it! The basic stitches are not hard at all, and it's WAAAY more fun than sewing on a button.
javadiva said:
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So beautiful! I can barely sew on a button, so I am very intimidated by embroidery. I hear it is very relaxing (it would not be for me bc I stab myself with the needle all the time) and it obviously is rewarding (as long as you don't stab yourself every single time).
Jackie Bergo said:
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Adorei. Não tenho muita pratica, mas vou tentar fazer. Principalmente porque estes bordados me faz lembrar da minha avó. Ela, sim, era uma excelente bordadeira.
Obrigada Anna Maria, pela doce lembrança. BJS smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/smiley.gif
Mary on Lake said:
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Thank you to Anna Maria for this great pattern and instructions.
Melissa P said:
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Anna never ceases to inspire! These new threads are such a delight to use.
GayleM said:
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Tell Anna Maria how much I appreciate her hand work. I agree there is a needle arts revival underway and I look forward to seeing many more of Anna Maria's wonderful projects here on Sew4Home. I was looking for some corner embellishments for a quilt currently on my hand quilting frame and this looks like IT !!smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/kiss.gif
vickit said:
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Wow. This is just gorgeous. I love the simplicity of the pattern and how beautiful the table scarf is. This would make wonderful gifts.
CarolC said:
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This is wonderful! I'm always looking for new ways to use different embroidery stitches. Love the pattern too. Tell her thanks for the download.