Happy Spring Equinox!

Close view of an embroidery hoop with white fabric. In the centre of the hoop is a partially stitched mandala inspired design in green and pink.

Well, belated Spring Equinox greetings, since it was a few days ago. :-)

I have almost finished the Spring Equinox embroidery. It is a lot quicker than the previous motif for Imbolc. As you can see in the top left, Imbolc has a lot of French knots which are pretty time consuming.

Join the Wheel of The Year stitchalong here. As well as the motif for each of the seasons in the Wheel, it also includes videos with short stitch tutorials and tips for the motifs.

Much to my surprise I might add! I’ve never really loved the idea of doing video because I’m camera shy and omg-why-does-my-voice-sound-so-weird?! :-D

But I’m getting used to it and hopefully the videos are ok. :-)

And now I am really looking forward to the next motif in the Wheel but that will have to wait a few weeks. The next one is Beltane at the start of May.



  1. Edith
    March 24, 2023 / 4:45 pm

    Hi there,
    I am following your blog since a while now, embroidery is not my thing but you are so super good at it & I love what you share here.
    So many thanks for this.
    And “Hi” from Paris-France.

    • Carina
      March 28, 2023 / 11:44 am

      Merci beaucoup, Edith! :-)

  2. Barbara H.
    March 26, 2023 / 8:45 pm

    What a lovely Spring color pallete!

    Can you please tell me what pen you use for marking your designs and whether you have problems with it fading before you complete the stitching or have trouble removing the marks when you are finished? I once had an entire, detailed iron-on transfer fade and disappear after having to set it aside in storage (for years, unfortunately) so I’m a little leery of marking and removal methods (fears of colors running if water is required, etc). I searched your site to see if you’ve covered this so I wouldn’t waste your time, but I didn’t find anything. Maybe other followers of your site would welcome a post on the subject? Or maybe there’s some other resource you could refer me to?

    Thanks in advance for your consideration, and Happy Vernal Equinox!


    • Carina
      March 28, 2023 / 11:52 am

      Thank you, Barbara! :-)

      I use a water soluble marker (various brands) and I have not really had any problems with them fading. I usually finish the embroidery before fading might become an issue.

      And I don’t think I have had problems getting rid of the marks afterwards.

      It’s a shame about your disappearing transfer, that would indeed be very annoying!

      You are right, I don’t think I have blogged about various methods for transfering/tracing patterns. I’ll certainly make a note of it for the future.

      Most markers/pens that are usually used for tracing patterns aren’t 100% stable, and that goes for the iron-ons as well, so they will degrade somewhat over time. I think the only thing that wouldn’t have that issue is a pencil but that may smudge depending on the pencil and the fabric…

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