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Behind the scenes at Kate Sproston Design, making beautifully embroidered textiles for the home.


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Little Chicks for Easter

Little Chick embroidered Easter collection by Kate Sproston Design
Little Chick collection including egg cosies, napkins, reusable gift bags and Easter egg hunting bag

Following the launch of our new Little Chick range this Easter, I thought I would give you a look behind the scenes at the design process and how the collection was created. After the popularity of our Rabbit collection, I wanted to add some other little spring animals to the bunch, and started to research traditional Easter motifs. I have always been inspired by Beatrix Potter characters, and was particularly drawn to vintage Easter greetings cards.

Vintage Easter cards showing chick motifs as found on Pinterest
Some of the vintage Easter greetings cards I found on Pinterest for inspiration

I started to sketch some outlines to create the basic shapes of the chicks, before scanning the four final drawings into the computer. Using the embroidery program PE-Design, I converted the outlines to stitch, and embroidered a mock up to tweak any rough areas and adjusted each motif to the right size.

The little chick design process from sketches to embroidery mock ups by Kate Sproston Design
Drawings, embroidered outlines with biro tweaks, and colour experiments from my sketchbook

Once I was happy with the outlines I started to fill in the design to make the chick as fluffy as possible. I added definition to the wings and created shadows to bring each chick to life. Filling in the motifs can be quite time consuming as I place each stitch one at a time. I have found this is the best way to recreate feathers and fur, and shows the direction of growth against the body of the animal. Although this process is time consuming, overall it cuts down embroidery time as I can remove any unnecessary extra stitches.

Little chick embroidered motif created using PE-Design embroidery program by Kate Sproston Design
Chick motif as seen in PE-Design embroidery program, with each square showing where a stitch will be sewn

After some final tweaks, and colour experiments to get exactly the right shades of thread, I added the new chick motifs to the products. I used scrap paper to make templates to get the placement of the motif just right on each item, then I went ahead and made the samples to photograph.

Little Chick egg cosy sample being made with paper templates.
Creating samples with paper templates

As well as a reusable gift bag and an Easter egg hunting bag, the new designs can also be found on napkins, egg cosies and a new luxury gift set perfect for the Easter table. I am particularly pleased with the Easter egg hunting bag as now there are a few designs to choose from if you have a couple of little hunters in the family on Easter morning.

With all the new life appearing and Spring well and truly in the air, I can’t wait to set up the table for Easter Sunday this year with these cheeky little chicks taking centre stage. You can view the whole collection on our website, and if you have any questions I would love to chat. All that remains for me to say is have a lovely Easter weekend!

Kate x

Little Chick egg cosy on the Easter table by Kate Sproston Design.
Little Chick egg cosy ready for Easter Sunday


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Rabbit Egg Cosy Easter Arrangement

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and have found a few treats from the Easter bunny. I have been doing a bit of personal crafting lately and thought I would share the results with you all.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Ever since I designed our embroidered rabbit egg cosies, I always imagined they would look lovely as part of an Easter display. Well it has taken me a while to actually have a play with an arrangement, and even though I am no florist, I am quite pleased with the result.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

On the advice of a very helpful local florist, I picked up some moss whilst out on a walk, and dried it in the green house over the course of a few weeks. It worked fantastically and kept its brilliant bright green colour.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Some of the moss I tore into shape, and other pieces I cut using a pair of old scissors. I also cut a hole in the moss to hold the egg cup in place so that the cosy wouldn’t move around, and then started to add some finishing touches.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

These included a few blown quail eggs, some mossy twigs, and a few sprigs of blossom from the trees in my garden. You could also add some little chocolate eggs, or a larger one hidden under the egg cosy (unfortunately I had already eaten mine by the time I started!)

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

I used the bottom of a glass cloche for one of the cosies, and a couple of cake stands, one of which cost me the grand total of £4 from an antiques shop a few years ago. A fancy plate or a large Kilner jar would work just as well too.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Well I’m off to proudly display my creation on the Easter table, and try and sniff out any chocolate eggs I may have missed!

Happy Easter

Kate x


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Linen Scraps up for Grabs

Hello and Happy New Year! We have had an amazing Christmas and sold the most linen crackers this year to date. That means that we have lots of strips of linen hanging around that could be the start of a fantastic new craft project for someone.

Woodland Crackers being cut out

We usually take all of our fabric scraps to the local charity shops so they can be recycled, but after a conversation with a friend, who wanted strips of scrap fabric to make a Christmas garland with her daughter, it seemed there was more life in all the left over linen yet.

After a quick look on Pinterest, we found quite a few exciting projects that would make use of the fabric, including fabric wreaths, roses and baubles. Take a look below to see what we found.

Baubles made from linen scraps

There are a few options for Christmas decorations that can be made with the scraps. They can be turned into a pom pom bauble like the ones on the Dear Lillie Blog, wrapped around a foam ball and finished with twine to hang, or cut into squares and stacked to make a mini pine tree as on the Country Living Website.

Linen garlands

Alternatively, create a garland by tying the scraps along a thread, cutting into mini flags and sewing along some twine, or rouching with ribbon to hang along the fireplace like the fantastic example on the Beautiful Nest Blog.

Linen roses

These fabric roses are beautiful with a few extra beads and leaves of lace. They would make a great brooch or add to wedding favours for a shabby chic touch, like these up-cycled tin cans on the Red Chandelier Blog.

Linen Easter Ideas

And if you are a bit fed up of Christmas by now, you could always make an Easter wreath and add some little eggs or flowers for a special touch. Or if you are feeling really creative, get out the embroidery threads and experiment with some mark making.

Linen Scraps Measurements

We have quite a few kilos of scraps, so if anyone would like some it is free to collect or just pay £2.90 for postage of two kilogram (UK only). The measurements above are approximate with some thicker and thinner pieces, but the lengths are all standard. Follow the link to our Etsy shop to purchase, or email us on sales@katesprostondesign.com and we will be happy to help.

Oh, and we would love to see what you come up with so feel free to send us a photo. Enjoy the New Year everyone!


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Egg Cosy Easter Gifts

Making an Easter Keepsake with our Embroidered Rabbit Egg Cosy by Kate Sproston Design.

Gathering all the tools and materials needed to make our little Easter gift.

The evenings are getting lighter, the weather is getting warmer and there are signs of new life everywhere you look. Spring is well and truly on it’s way,  and so too is one of our favourite times of year (and not just because of all the chocolate eggs).

Handwriting tags to add to Easter keepsakes.

Handwriting tags for each of the special recipients.

With lots of little ones around, some of which are a bit too young to eat huge chocolate eggs, Kate wanted to create a little Easter keep sake for them to enjoy in the years to come. Not to mention hopefully encourage them to eat their dippy eggs and soldiers when they get a bit older.

Adding a bow the the Easter gifts made from Kate Sproston Design Embroidered Rabbit Egg Cosies.

Adding a bow and tag to the hold the cellophane in place.

Using a length of ribbon and a handwritten name tag, Kate has wrapped one of our embroidered rabbit egg cosies, complete with an egg cup, (and a little chocolate egg for the older children) in a sheet of cellophane ready to be delivered by the Easter bunny.

Embroidered rabbit egg cosies as Easter keepsake gifts by Kate Sproston Design.

All the little rabbits ready to be sent to their new homes.

Now all that remains to do is wait until Easter weekend to send the special gift. I hope they like them as much as we do. Now is there a spare chocolate egg anywhere?!

Embroidered rabbit egg cosies as Easter keepsake gifts by Kate Sproston Design.

In the bag and ready to go!

If you would like some more information about or Rabbit Egg Cosies please visit www.katesprostondesign.com or comment below.

Happy Easter Everyone!