Here at Paraffle we want to bring embroidery to as many people as possible.

We keep three blogs updated:

👩‍🏫 One for the basics.

🎬One for the stitches.

💡And one for inspiration.

Bee Embroidery Kit

The bees might be busy, but you can sit back and relax with our Bee embroidery kit.

Including a step-by-step photo guide of each stitch used, organic & ethically produced fabric, and high quality DMC threads - all packaged in a gorgeous gift box.
  • ideal for beginners
  • uses organic, ethically produced fabric
  • includes a pack of bee friendly wildflower seeds and a bee charm from the Scottish Beekeepers' Association
  • finished piece measures 8 inches (20cm) across
  • packaged in a sustainably made gift box

For every Bee embroiderykit sold, Paraffle donates £10 to theScottish Beekeepers' Association charity(Scottish charity number: SC009345).

Sammy's Note: when you (our lovely Paraffle customers) voted on which animal you wanted to stitch, Bees came out on top - and this kit is the result! Even better, I've partnered with the Scottish Beekeepers' Association, meaning each kit sold contributes to their vital efforts in Bee conservation. This design has proved such a hit that I've created a matching needle minder, to keep your needles safe!

Price

Kit Type: Hoop

FREE shipping if you spend over £30

Standard shipping is £1.49

Rated 5.0 out of 5
Based on 12 reviews

What's Actually in the kit?

High quality everything

Here's what is inside the kit:

Elbesee wooden hoop

These are the best UK made embroidery hoops there are - John Lewis stock them in their small haberdashery section. Made using FSC Beech wood in a village in the Cotswolds by a family run company called Elbesee, the wood is finished so that 1) it doesn't splinter and 2) it looks great!

100% Organic Cotton Fabric

We're really proud of this fabric. A LOT of cotton fabric out there comes from China, and is potentially picked by enslaved Uighurs (BBC investigation).

So we've made sure our fabric is not.

Made from cotton that's organically grown in India by a family run business. It's woven and dyed by the same firm. Importantly, they recycle the water used (growing and dying cotton uses a LOT of water) as well as only using a "Low impact" dying process.

The cushions we supply come from the same fabric - they're stitched for us by a women's co-operative in Kerala.

Our Tote bags are certified GOTS and made in India by another company.

Pre-printed pattern

Gamechanger.

We print each pattern onto a water soluble adhesive fabric stabiliser - when the kit arrives, simply peel the pattern off the backing paper and stick it onto the fabric. Once you've finished stitching, the stabiliser dissolves away in lukewarm water.

Why's it a game changer?

1. The extra strength the stabiliser provides while stitching prevents the fabric from misbehaving whilst stitching.

2. There's no problems with being able to see the pattern whilst stitching - white background, black pattern.

3. There's no printed pattern showing after you've washed the stabiliser away. Just your stitching.

4. Because we print this ourselves, we don't have to buy bulk pre-printed cotton. We'll always know who makes our fabric and where the cotton is grown.

Backing Felt

Each hoop kit comes with felt included, which is for backing your finished piece. Doing so protects the stitches, and makes sure the colours in your piece isn't affected by whichever wall you hang it on!

The felt we supply is made in the UK by a family firm using 30% wool/70% viscose.

Vegan?

We have a synthetic felt available, just add a note to your order and we'll make sure you get that instead of the wool felt. We will be changing to only supplying a synthetic felt once we find a UK made one that's only made from recycled materials and or non-plastic based - if you know of such a felt, PLEASE let us know about it!

Felt isn't included in the Banner kits as it's not necessary. Likewise, the cushion and tote bag kits don't need the backing felt - you'll find an iron on interfacing included in these kits.

Stitch Guide

The kit comes with our own stitch guide included, which includes easy step by step instructions for all of the stitches with photos of each step. Prefer learning by video? There's QR codes in the guide that will also take you to our own tutorial videos of the stitches.

Printed on high quality, uncoated, recycled paper.

Stitching support

Everyone's welcome to join our supportive Paraffle People Facebook group, where you're free to ask questions on your kit and you'll get plenty of support, either from me or from other Paraffle People!

I'll generally share more exclusive behind the scenes videos and things in the group too.

Not on Facebook?

I'm always just one email, blog comment or youtube question away! I do try to give myself a good balance, so generally I'll respond within 24 hours, or on monday if it's the weekend!

And behind the scenes stuff gets sent to my email newsletter subscribers too, so you'll not miss out if you're subscribed!

Reviews

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We don't do fake reviews, we don't give free products in exchange for reviews, and we promise our reviews below are real reviews, from real people who really did buy our stuff.

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Reviewed by Sharon B.
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I recommend this product
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Busy Bee

Lovely gift for my daughter, she was thrilled to bits.

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Reviewed by Anneka
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Excellent Service

I'm absolutely thrilled with my bee hoop kit. Design is so pretty and Instructions are clear. Can't wait to het started. I love Sammy's business ethos, too. Paraffle are a joy to deal with

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Reviewed by Pauline W.
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Bee embroidery kit

I love this picture. I found this fabric a little harder to work on but I'm very pleased with the finished result.

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Reviewed by Eimear F., from United Kingdom
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5 Stars

Love this kit so much!! The design is so cute and I'm glad it comes with everything you need. I'm not an embroidery beginner but the stitch guide was really handy to remind myself how to do the french knot and lazy daisy stitches. Been procrastinating ironing and backing it but I am so pleased with how it turned out and it'll look so good on my wall!

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Reviewed by Kirsten H., from United Kingdom
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5 Stars

I was so excited about getting this, having never done embroidery before and wanting to try a new craft. The kit is really nicely put together, with no plastic packaging, and the bee-friendly seeds, charm and donation are great. The instructions are really easy to follow, though it was helpful to have the videos on the blog to augment them. I finished the kit within a week, just doing a short amount of time each evening, and I’ve had lots of lovely comments on it. I’m already looking over the other kits to join the bee on my wall.

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