Sewing Superstar

Carina's Craftblog and Polka & Bloom

Stitch along with #SewingSuperstar Carina from Polka & Bloom

Carina Envoldsen-Harris
Essex in the UK, but originally from Denmark.
Embroidery designer, author and teacher

When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

My grandmother taught me cross stitch when I was a little girl but I never did much embroidery or sewing until I was almost 30!

Can you remember the first thing you made?

A quilt when I was 15-16 years old.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

I love the embroidery by Japanese designers like Yumiko Higuchi and Alice Makabe.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

My sewing space is a small extension off our kitchen. There's just about room for most of what I need. I even managed to squeeze in two work tables.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I don't watch a lot of TV when I'm sewing or embroidering. I prefer music and podcasts. A few favourite podcasts at the moment: the Emergence Magazine Podcast, Lingthusiasm, The Allusionist and The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

Aside from my work embroidery, I also embroider for fun. And I sew, mainly quilts, but sometimes clothes for myself. I have drawn all my life and I love urban sketching.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Embroidery is easy to get started with and doesn't require you to spend a fortune on supplies. Find a pattern you like and give it a go. Don't worry about perfection, if your stitching is a bit wonky, it just adds personality to the embroidery.

If you enjoyed these tutorials and patterns, please visit my blog for more, for more tutorials and links to my other patterns. Or check out my books, Thread Doodling, Mandalas to Embroider and Romantic Motifs.

Please say hello on Instagram, I'm @carinacraftblog

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
West Wing, Parks And Recreation, Good Omens
Edinburgh, Rome and Aarhus, my hometown in Denmark.
The original Star Wars Trilogy
It changes! A recent favourite is the Crow Investigations series by Sarah Painter. And I've read The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie every summer the past three years so it's definitely one of my favourites.
Pink. And green.
Fabric Brand
Denyse Schmidt.
Sewing accessory or Tool
My 'Prym Professional embroidery scissors'. They are light weight and have an nice sharp point.