Gifts from the Sea by Elisabetta Sforza

22nd October 2021

Many of us know Elisabetta Sforza for her exquisite range of embroidered monograms that have appeared in several books. She has an eye for colour and an ability to draw together a variety of surface stitches to produce delicate and intricate designs like no other.

We’ve featured Elisabetta’s work in Inspirations magazine on a number of occasions, but this time we’re bringing you something really special.

We thought this project was so special, we had to publish it as one of our select, Handpicked series.

Elisabetta’s most recent book ‘A Sea to Stitch’ introduced a full set of nautical themed monogrammed letters featuring shells, starfish and ocean motifs in a rich array of colours. Each monogram brought with it the scent of the sea. 

Our new Handpicked project ‘Gifts from the Sea’ follows this tradition, employing a similar colour scheme and capturing the same atmosphere, but focusing solely on a dreamy ocean scene.

The vivid blues of the water are perfectly framed by curling trees and a golden beach littered with shells and starfish. Each element is worked in a different stitch, beautifully emulating the varying textures that you would find in real life. 

Gifts from the Sea is then constructed as a handy drawstring bag – just perfect for taking your latest project with you on a summer holiday or weekend beach getaway. 

Elisabetta has ensured that even in construction, she’s captured the atmosphere of her subject, completing the variegated blue twisted cord with real shells on the tassels.

The bright colours on the crisp linen background make this a striking project, and the delightful range of stitches ensures that you’ll enjoy every step in the process of this elegant design. 

And even if you’re headed into winter and the thought of a beach holiday seems like a distant memory, one look at Gifts from the Sea will transport you right back to the sound of lapping waves and crying gulls, and the warm sun on your sandy skin.

Make Your Own Gifts from the Sea

Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Gifts from the Sea by Elisabetta Sforza from our Handpicked Range is a delightful drawstring sachet with pretty seaside scene.

Digital Patterns

Gifts from the Sea – HP Digital

Printed Patterns

Gifts from the Sea – HP Print

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kit for Gifts From the Sea includes everything* you need to re-create this pretty bag: Fabric (unprinted), embroidery threads, sewing thread, seashells and needles.


Gifts from the Sea – HP Kit

*Please Note: To cater for flexibility of purchase, instructions are not included with our kits. For step-by-step directions on how to create this project, please refer to the digital/printed pattern.

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