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Kate & Rose Pattern Review

My favorite pattern of 2013 was the Roza pattern so when Kati of Kate & Rose asked me to review her new pattern, of course I said “YES”!

For those unfamiliar with Kate & Rose, this is an independent pattern company based in New York that specializes in Hungarian embroidery motifs. Kati, who grew up in Hungary, is the mastermind behind the company and her desire is to preserve the beautiful handwork by inspiring new generations to embroider.

Her latest project is hot iron transfers. She sent me a package to try and I must say they are wonderful. I am a big fan of iron transfers and love trying new designers. Since I am impatient and don’t want to have to pull out my light box and trace designs when I am ready to sew iron transfers work well. Kati sells 4 different designs and the one I chose was Faraway Garden.

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Each package comes with a 12″ x 18″ transfer sheet and instructions. Though the instructions recommend transferring to light fabric, my rebellious side kicked in so I chose to use dark red fabric. I had no issues with the image transferring and was able to iron the design twice with no problem. If I had used a light colored fabric I would be able to transfer three or four times before the design became too light.

After transferring the design, I opted to use white thread instead of the traditional multiple colors. My main reason was so the napkins could be used for both Valentine’s and Christmas. One of the nice things about these designs are the multiple sizes. Some are intended for borders or to be used down the front of the Roza blouse while others are suitable for single motifs.

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The instructions include information on how to transfer the designs as well as how to sew each embroidery technique. The design I chose used both stem and satin stitch which were easy to master. I love how these napkins turned out and my next project is going to be a simple a-line skirt with an embroidered border!

As a thank you for reviewing her pattern, Kati graciously offered a couple of patterns for my readers to try. Please check her shop and post a comment about which of these patterns you like best and I will randomly choose a winner next weekend.

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About sullivan1970

40 something wife and mother of 3 Dog lover. Crafter. List maker

7 responses »

  1. Wow, that is si pretty! I would love the floral geometry pattern, there’s an embroidered jacket looming on the horizon…

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  2. My Sewing Suite

    It turned out really pretty, I have been doing a little embroidery. I should pull it back out.

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  3. Doh! They’re all gorgeous! I think, if push came to shove and I *had* to make a decision, it would be the Cabbage Rose Fancy. But that was a *really* tough choice!

    I do love a bit of embroidery- it takes me back to my youth, and Summer holidays with my grandmother and great-aunts teaching me how to embroider.

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    • I know what you mean about choosing. I ended up trying the Faraway Garden since they were more minimalist but the Cabbage Rose Fancy is what I plan to use as the border for my next embroidered skirt!

      My mom taught me to cross stitch when I was very young but I didn’t embroider until I was in my teens. I can remember “embellishing” my jeans with all kinds of graffitti. Those went along with the rhinestones I used to BEDAZZLE my shirts 🙂

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