Peacock Embroidery Kit

You might already know that 'Paraffle' means 'embroidery' in old Scots - but did you also know that it means 'an extravagant display'? That's exactly what this peacock is - ostentatious, shiny and gorgeous!

  • ideal for beginners
  • finished hoop measures 8 inches (20cm) across
  • packaged in a sustainably made gift box

Paraffle Note:This peacock uses one of my favourite thread shades (the teal), alongside a rich blue and some glimmers of gold - combined with the navy, they make a luxurious, rich colour palette. I designed the tail to sweep around the shape of the hoop, to add an unusual twist - while keeping some classic paisley shapes, too. It's one of my favourites!

Price

Kit Type: Hoop

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Standard shipping is £1.49

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 12 reviews
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What's included

    1. Organic and ethically sourced cotton fabric

    2. Plenty of DMC stranded cotton thread

    3. High quality 8 inch wooden hoop made by Elbesee in the UK using FSC wood

    4. Pre-printed pattern transfer

    5. Stitch Guide booklet (with photos)

    6. Detailed instructions and reference pictures

    7. Embroidery needle

    8. Felt (70% wool, 30% viscose blend) - to cover the messy back once it’s finished

    9. This all comes in a delightful, letterbox-friendly gift box, measuring 23 x 23 x 2cm.

    10. The finished embroidery measures 8 inches (20cm) across.


    11. All you’ll need is some scissors!

What are the materials like?

High quality everything

Here's more info on the materials included in each 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 Carolyn H., from United Kingdom
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I recommend this product
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10 + Hours
Rated 5 out of 5
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Lovely design

I love this peacock design and that I can choose the design only option as I have lots of thread already

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Reviewed by Lisa P.
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Beautiful Peacock 🦚

I loved making this beautiful peacock. I am new to embroidery and found the instructions easy to follow. I did find the gold glitter thread difficult to sew with. The strands separated easily and I got tangled up! I changed to a yellow thread and this will take pride of place in my peacock wallpaper and curtain themed room. 😊🦚

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Reviewed by Amanda B.
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Great present

I bought this as a gift for Christmas for a friend and they loved it well packaged and has everything a beginner would need .

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Reviewed by Laura S., from United Kingdom
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5 Stars

The kit came quickly in the post. I can’t wait to get started. The colours are amazing and when completed it will go on my chimney breast.

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Reviewed by Beanie M., from United Kingdom
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5 Stars

I've just received this kit for Christmas and it seems to be good quality and is lovely

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