Kate Sproston Design

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


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Our New Dachshund Reusable Crackers

Having teased you all for quite a while now, we are very excited to share our new Dachshund Reusable Christmas Crackers. Designed especially for the lovely Selina, founder of the Devoted to Dachshunds website (devotedtodachshunds.co.uk). The site is a heaven for all sausage dog lovers everywhere, and since embarking on this project we can safely say we all want our own four legged sausage friend!

Dachshund Reusable Christmas Cracker by Kate Sproston Design.

Our brand new reusable Christmas crackers featuring beautifully embroidered festive dachshunds.

The design process starts with some initial research and sketches of possible ideas. We then make some detailed drawings and recreate the chosen image on the computer, converting it to stitch.

Research and original sketches for dachshund motif - Kate Sproston Design

Research and original sketches for the dachshund motifs.

Once we had created the first samples on our own embroidery machines, we took them to the Benton & Johnson factory in Bedworth. They have a huge twelve head embroidery machines which meant twelve crackers could be embroidered at once. We were absolutely fascinated when the machines were in motion, but please excuse the rookie mistake of incorrect camera rotation!

Each cracker was then pressed, crimped and tied. We then added one of our brand new swing tags and boxed them up ready to be sent to their new home.

Reusable Dachshund Christmas Crackers by Kate Sproston Design.

Left: A big pile of the embroidered crackers ready to by rolled and tied. Right: The finished crackers complete with tags ready to be dispatched.

There are four designs to choose from (our favorite is the one in the Christmas jumper) and will be ready to purchase in the Autumn 2015.

Dachshund in Jumper Chrisrmas Cracker by Kate Sproston Design

Our favorite design, a little sausage dog proudly wearing a Christmas jumper.

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“Hi there and hello” from Kate Sproston Design

Welcome to the brand new Kate Sproston Design Blog. Through our posts we hope to give you a look behind the scenes of our company, designing and making embroidered gifts and home wares in the Midlands, UK.

Cockerel Digital Embroidery File

Ready to stitch cockerel image, created using digital embroidery program.

Founded in 2012, we find inspiration in all forms of craft and traditional embroidery, but also enjoy illustration and picture books of all kinds. Each of our products is designed by Kate through a combination of scribbles, sketches and stitch, with the initial image then transferred to computer and recreated to be sewn using a digital embroidery machine.

Cockerel in Progress

Cockerel being stitched using a digital embroidery machine.

We hope you will enjoy a glimpse into our creative process and see a little bit of what makes us who we are. If you have any comments or questions about what we do or our products we would love to hear from you.

Cockerel with Added Detail

Adding the finishing touches to our embroidered cockerel.