“Welcome” Embroidery Pattern [Download]
Designer Laurie Dolhan has volunteered for several years with an organization that helps women and children experiencing homelessness. “It is an honour to be invited to share, and a privilege to be able to contribute,” she writes in the essay she wrote to accompany this design.
Inspired by a project one of her students made, the pattern involves the simplest stitches combining to convey a most powerful sentiment: welcome.
In a year that has prevented all of us from welcoming others into our homes—a year that has been all the more challenging for those who do not have a home—a quiet meditation on welcoming feels most appropriate.
- Light-coloured cotton fabric
- 15 cm (6 inch) bamboo embroidery hoop
- Black embroidery floss (shown here: DMC in colour 310 black)
- Embroidery needle size 3 or 5
Laurie is the artist behind the Hook, Line & Tinker craft studio in Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia. “As part of my journey to date, I have been a Jersey Girl, a Yukon Sourdough, and now I’m what some Nova Scotians refer to as a CFA (come-from-away). Like my favourite things, I have been lost, found, and creatively reworked. Throughout my life, I have always been making something or other. Craft has given me joy, comfort, and taught me patience too.”