Embroidery Made Easy

Carina Envoldsen-Harris, whose colorful and creative embroidery I admire, has a new ebook, “Stitching Borders and Beyond.” The book is easy to read, easy to understand and absolutely beautiful to look out. I especially love her color combinations.

This is Carina’s second book. Her first book, “Small Stitches” is also available in her shop.

I asked my mom, who is the sewing expert in the family, to take a look at the book too and tell me what she thought. In a word, she raved about it.

She told me:

30 years ago I had a wonderful time learning and playing with embroidery stitches. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to improvise, to visualize where the thread is going to go and what kind of pattern you can make.

About 5 years ago I found an adorable book of embroidery stitches and thought it would be fun to give it a try again – surely I could pick up where I left off 25 years ago.

Alas, I couldn’t. I absolutely could not figure out where to put the needle in and where to bring it up. Even with a Needlework for Dummies, I struggled.

What she liked about Carina’s book, she said, is that the instructions are crystal clear:

“Pull the needle up at A and down at B”—why had nobody been so careful about saying just this? After studying her instructions for about 3 minutes, and then giving it a try, I was right back where I was 30 years ago.  And her array of stitches to learn is delightful!

My mom is a lefty, and when I told her that Carina also offers a left-handed version of her ebook, her response was, “Her instructions are so clear, I don’t even need left-handed instructions. Truly, they are the best set of instructions I’ve ever run across.”

Need I say more? Yes, actually. Carina has generously offered a free copy of “Stitching Borders and Beyond” to one of you. So if you’re feeling inspired by her beautiful patterns, or you’ve been meaning to learn how (or re-learn how!) to embroider, this is the book you want.

To be eligible to win, please leave a comment below letting Carina know which is your favorite pattern in her ArtFire or her Etsy shop by 5pm on Friday (July 2), and I will announce the winner next Tuesday.

Carina will be offering her book at a special introductory price until July 15, so if you don’t win, be sure to order your copy before the 15th for the best price!

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  1. 1

    Kati said,

    Oh, man! Learning embroidery is next on my crafting to-do list. And this book looks like the perfect way to learn! I love all of the patterns, but especially the Tree of Life one.

  2. 2

    Gloria said,

    I like the cozy curlicues because it looks like a Petri dish after a few days of incubation.

  3. 3

    gray.com said,

    Gorgeous stitches! Absolutely gorgeous! What fun!!

  4. 4

    Vicki said,

    Yahoo! I’ve had her “Happyscape” pattern marked and hearted for a while. Perhaps I’ll win it??

  5. 5

    Miss Paula said,

    Candy confections!! I love all the colors that make up this stitch!!!

  6. 6

    Daisy said,

    I positively adore the Tree of Life pattern. Lately I’ve been working on getting good enough at embroidery to make a decent try at that pattern.

  7. 7

    Michelle said,

    I love contests with random winners. The other kinds are not nearly as fun!

    …and, Candy Confections is delicious-looking…

  8. 8

    Michelle said,


    Even if I had 24 hours straight I couldn’t imagine making something as beautiful as my absolute favorite Cozy Curliques (http://www.etsy.com/listing/50508661/embroidery-pattern-cozy-curlicues-pdf) embroidery in your shop, Carina. I saw it months ago for the first time and just sat and stared….wondering how in the world you made a pattern for something so intricate. Excellent shop!

  9. 9

    Glad I found your blog, so many interesting and beautiful things! Will come back for more!

  10. 10

    goodtogrow said,

    Nice review gray.com.

  11. 11

    MJ said,

    Wow Molly! thank you so much, if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t have found Carina’s beautiful work. Just visited her etsy shop and I’m in awe with her tree of life pattern! (http://www.etsy.com/listing/49702976/embroidery-pattern-tree-of-life-pdf) Lovely work and beautiful colors! so inspiring!

  12. 12

    […] family on Cape Cod, so I will be taking Monday off. Oh, and I’ll be drawing the winner of Carina’s ebook on Tuesday. Leave a comment by 5pm today for your chance to win! (And thanks/good luck to those of […]

  13. 13

    Sally said,

    I LOVE them all, but Floral Vignette is one I hope to do someday. What a delight her work is! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. 14

    Tiffany said,

    I love a lot of her embroidery patterns… tree of life and tree of love are on my ‘to stitch’ list since i bought them from her a few months ago!!

    thanks for the giveaway!!

  15. 15

    Jennifer said,

    My favorite Carina etsy pattern is the Marigold Sugar Skull embroidery pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book.

  16. 16

    Betty said,

    I especially like the cozy curlicues- they remind me of fun art class projects!

  17. 17

    pam said,

    From what I can see on Diane’s review, you have done a really great job with this e-book. Great concept, beautiful photography and excellent instruction!

    I am too late to enter the drawing, but not too late to say “bravo you”!

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