Good Morning by Kim Beamish

24th March 2023

The salutation Good Morning is such a wonderful affirmation.

Unlike other greetings such as ‘How are you?’ or ‘How was your sleep?’ good morning doesn’t give any room for pessimism, it’s a purely positive statement.

It’s an abbreviated way of saying, ‘just in case you were wondering, this morning is going to be GOOD!’ And that is a great way to start each day.

Good Morning is also a great way of starting your journey into pulled-thread embroidery!

Here are the headlines:

Publication: Inspirations magazine issue #117
Designer: Kim Beamish from Canada
Project Name: Good Morning
Project Type: Table Mat
Technique: Pulled-thread Embroidery
Fabric: 28-count linen
Design Transfer Required: No
Threads: Cotton
Dimensions: Finished mat measures 25cm (10”) square 

Kim has created such a wonderfully elegant and delicate embroidery, it’s hard to gaze at this gorgeous piece and not be mesmerised by its beauty.

The central pattern alone lures you with an almost lenticular effect where you can see one pattern from one side and a completely different pattern from the other depending on the fall of light.

How is all this achieved? The primary technique Kim has used to create such splendour is pulled-thread embroidery.

Pulled-thread embroidery is simply the process of working stitches and pulling them firmly in order to distort the fabric threads and in-turn create patterns.

Pulled-thread designs are charted, meaning you follow patterns mapped out on a grid that represent the weave of the fabric, and then use counted embroidery techniques to lay your stitches.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate those amazing heart motifs Kim has created, achieved using a very innovative approach.

Each heart consists of 32 precisely laid stitches using a variation of a Rhodes stitch. Traditionally Rhodes stitch is used to create a geometric shape like a square or a circle, but here Kim has expanded its application.

Through clever adaptation, tiny heart shapes are created by layering stitches on top of each other in a specific pattern resulting in superb textural dimension.

And here’s a little expert tip for you… when stitching the hearts be mindful of where you place your final stitch. Kim strategically places hers down the centre to accentuate the dip in the heart itself.

Make every morning in your house a Good Morning when you wake up to the delight and joy that this magnificent piece brings.

Make Your Own Good Morning

Step 1 – Purchase Project Instructions

Good Morning by Kim Beamish is a monochromatic table mat featuring pulled thread embroidery.

Printed Magazines

Inspirations Issue 117

Digital Patterns

Good Morning – i117 Digital

Step 2 – Purchase Ready-To-Stitch Kit

The Inspirations Ready-To-Stitch kit for Good Morning includes everything* you need to re-create this pretty table mat: Fabric (unprinted), embroidery threads and needle.


Good Morning – i117 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 magazine/digital pattern.

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