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Fox Embroidery Kit

This classic jumping fox design makes for a crafty escape to the country!

  • suitable for beginners
  • includes a step-by-step guide (with photos) for each stitch used
  • packaged in a sustainably made gift box
  • finished hoop measures 8 inches (20cm) across

Sammy's Note:this fox design makes an appearance on my walls every autumn. It takes me back to the countryside, even while sitting in my central Edinburgh flat. I love the distinctive silhouette combined with modern shapes and colour combinations - it's become such a classic that I've even created a matching needle minder, to keep hold of my needles while I'm not busy stitching!

Price

Kit Type: Hoop

FREE shipping if you spend over £30

Standard shipping is £1.49

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 9 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!

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average rating 4.9 out of 5
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9 Reviews
Reviewed by Clare O., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Stitching time
8 - 10 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Easy

I love foxes the finished embroidery looks lovely !

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Reviewed by Zoe B., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Stitching time
4 to 6 Hours
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Lovely

The pattern is gorgeous and it came out pretty well. It says it's good for beginners but I really couldn't get my head around the French knots so used beads instead. And I'm not sure if it's because I was going through denim so may have used more thread (even though I didnt do the french knots) but I ran out of the orange thread and had to go and buy more. That being said, I love how it came out, especially as it was my 1st time doing any embroidery and I love that my jacket is now a unique piece

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Paraffle Embroidery

Thanks Zoe, it looks great on your jacket, thanks for adding the photos!

About the French knots and running out of thread, I think these might be related!

It looks like from your photos, you may not have split the thread into two strands before stitching? That would make it more difficult to do the French knots, and explain why you ran out of thread! Here's a video showing what I mean - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5dm9CWSjxs

Although, that said French knots are a tricky little one anyway and definitely the more challenging stitch in the beginners kits. We're always happy to send out thread top ups for our kits, so if you've got another one and you run out just get in touch and we'll send a top up :) Thanks again!

Reviewed by Eileen L., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Stitching time
2 to 4 Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Fabulous Gift

Bought this as a gift for my mother in law and she was delighted with it

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Reviewed by Nicola E., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

A gift for a friend and she absolutely loves it.

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Reviewed by Tania D., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Nice product. Clear instructions. Happy with purchase

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