We are tired of trying to be perfect. Let's have some fun with punch-embroidery! 

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Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!


With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”


Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.


As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.



inexpensive punch embroidery needle set
embroidery floss in your favorite colors

  1. Draw your design on the reverse of your fabric. We love to use denim because the fabric is heavy and easy to work with. We chose a splash motif, of course!
  2. Follow the instructions on your punch embroidery kit, and begin to punch your design into the reverse side of the fabric. It's so easy!
  3. We started on the outside and went around little by little until we had filled in the whole design. Alternating colors from time to time makes the design even more beautiful. Get creative!
  4. When you're finished punching, simply cut around the edges of your design and sew or pin it to your favorite sweater or jacket.


Photography by Paul 'Sweet Paul' Lowe

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