Whale Embroidery Kit

This Blue Whale hand embroidery kit is perfect for people with a love of the ocean and everything nautical.

Great for both beginners and more skilled crafters, this design includes ten types of basic stitch - which means it's perfect for learning the techniques of embroidery. The kit contains everything you need to get started, along with comprehensive instructions for each stage of the project.

All you need to get started are a pair of scissors and a pen!

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Kit Type: Hoop

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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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Reviewed by Shiraz E., from United Kingdom
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6 to 8 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
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This embroidery kit saved me

I know it sounds melodramatic, but during the pandemic I was caring for my very ill father after his stroke 24/7 and I was nearing a mental breakdown. This embroidery kit was the only thing that kept me calm amidst the chaos. My anxiety levels plummeted as I stitched away at it and it was only the second piece I'd attempted. It was the one thing I could do for myself in and out of caring duties round the clock. The result was a beautiful embroidery that now hangs on my wall and makes me smile every time I look at it. So, this whale is very special to me and I'm extremely grateful to Sammy for creating it. I would thoroughly recommend it even if you've never stitched before, the instructions are detailed and accurate. You'll love it.

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Reviewed by Tracy
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Lovely result & brilliant for beginners!

This was my first time trying out embroidery, and it had everything I needed to get started! The booklet was brilliant for explaining the different stitches to newbies like me, and if I needed, I also had the Paraffle YouTube channel to help too. I found it very enjoyable, I got to learn some new stitches and I love the result. All in all, I just can't fault this, it's a super kit! Bonus points for the commitment to keeping everything as eco friendly as possible!

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Reviewed by Carol
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Rated 5 out of 5
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A lovely gift

I received this kit as a present for Mother’s Day, I’ve really enjoyed sewing it, just the right level for me as a beginner.

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Reviewed by LB
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Great kit with easy to follow instructions

Really happy with my purchase. Quality of materials was really good. Easy to follow instructions. Highly recommend.

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5 Stars

happy with my purchase. it was packaged beautifully

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