I’m sharing my finished ‘summer stitching’ project – a moon embroidery design called the Lunar Blossom, from CozyBlue. I bought this as a part of her kit club, with a 3 month subscription, after seeing it on her Instagram account. I love this lunar phase pattern and it was so much fun to stitch; the outer loops are sashiko style stitching – click through to see more sashiko tutorials in that post!
You can purchase the moon embroidery design by itself* (and if you do, check out the easiest way to transfer an embroidery pattern, in this post!) or this adorable DIY kit including all the supplies, with the pattern pre-printed*, which would make a great gift.
Also check out my favorite hand embroidery tools in this post!
The pre-printed pattern came with cream-colored floss but I wanted to try the glow in the dark kind. I questioned that decision after working with DMC “Light Effects” #E3747*, which I picked up at Jo-Ann Fabrics, because it was not super easy to use. I totally forgot about Thread Heaven*, which would’ve made it a lot easier (it’s a thread wax/conditioner that makes floss glide through things more easily).
It is hard to photograph glow-in-the-dark anything! I honestly don’t think the glow is strong enough to balance out the effort I put into the finicky floss, so I’d love to stitch this a second time but would definitely use cotton floss instead.
This was the first time I tried staining a hoop instead of painting it; I found this nifty stain pen that worked perfectly (mine is from Michaels but there is a similar one online here*).
I always share progress photos on Instagram, and this project had some fun ones. It was pretty much my summer project; I carried it around town, in the car, and on my lap throughout our adventures.
I’m really happy with how this moon embroidery design turned out! My plan is to gift it to someone who celebrates the Winter Solstice – fortunately I know what that is, after writing this post about how to learn and craft for non-Christmas holidays, with kids.
I’m wavering between buying the pattern and making a second one for myself or starting a new project, do you ever get like that?
My kids love looking up at the moon, so they will be sad to see this go. It would look amazing in a bedroom,or turned into a mini wall quilt.
I’d love to hear any glow-in-the-dark floss tips that you might have, seeing as I have an almost full skein left!
If you like this moon phase embroidery, you might also like this constellation embroidery!