With a cat called Stitch, this could get confusing! She loves it when I'm embroidering, I however DO NOT! She's a beautiful nightmare and so embroidery is always completed in a room on my own, with relaxing music, and no paws chasing the embroidery silk.
Anyway, I actually wanted to discuss maps... no surprises there! Mainly embroidering maps and how [fiddly as it is] I love it. Colour is an important part of a map works design process, as it can add an extra level of personalisation. Whether a wedding theme, favourite colour, or even bright pink hair colour (this actually happened, and it was fabulous), the possibilities are pretty much endless.
I recently embroidered this piece, which was a second anniversary gift - cotton wedding, genius! The gorgeous blue was to represent a sapphire engagement ring, with the route following the journey they took on their honeymoon. Such love in a piece, it was an honour to create it and the blue literally made it! Not only was it a lovely personal detail, but it really complemented the map too.
Maps are great with most tones, due to the wealth of colours in a map, they are a great partner to both subtle and bold cottons. I love a yellow - what can I say, it makes me happy! There are a lot of roads all over the world marked in yellow, so despite it sounding a bit bright, it actually works very well.
Equally, if you wanted to match room decor, or be more neutral, that's perfect too. A black house, embroidered on a map in a black frame is really nice. It's modern but also bespoke - ticks lots of boxes. If however you are buying for love, you can't beat a gorgeous red heart, which of course, is where Love Stitched all began.