Pickles Hedgehog Embroidery Kit


This kit contains the materials to make the embroidery picture of ‘Pickles Hedgehog’, with 22 pages of easy to follow guidelines, thread, colour guide, photographs and ‘top tips’ from Bridget, the designer.

Please purchase the Quaker Tapestry Stitch Guide Book to show you the process of pattern transfer and give you step-by-step instructions for each stitch.

A note from Bridget, the designer:

“I began this embroidery kit design by looking at some beautiful photographs of hedgehogs.  I sketched a few ideas in pencil and experimented with coloured crayons and paint.  Pickles is in the garden in the early evening sunshine of summer and the grass is full of dandelions, buttercups and daisies. I love the delicate dandelion clocks – these fragile, fluffy seed heads always remind me of carefree childhood summer days.”

Hedgehogs are welcome visitors to the garden.

Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ they are a powerful form of pest control. A single hedgehog can keep an average garden free of pests by eating up to 200 grams of insects and they may eat 40 or more slugs each night!  It is common throughout Britain to see people attempting to lure hedgehogs into their gardens with treats and hedgehog-sized holes in their fences. Hedgehogs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act in Britain and may not be trapped without a licence.  Hedgehogs are not endangered yet in Britain but their numbers are in decline due to their habitat loss.

Shakespeare mentions hedgehogs as ‘hedgepigs’ and ‘urchins’ in ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’.


Fabric size 330mm x 330mm, embroidered image size H145mm x W180mm


  • 2 x ‘crewel’ needles.
  • 13 coloured skeins of Appleton’s 3-ply crewel embroidery wool thread and colour guide.
  • Quaker Tapestry woollen cloth 33cm x 33cm (13″ x 13″).
  • Calico backing cloth 33cm x 33cm (13″ x 13″).
  • The ‘cartoon’ or outline design.
  • Greaseproof paper.
  • Over 20 pages of step-by-step photographs and instructions for the progression of work.

Other items needed to complete the kit

  • Quaker Tapestry Stitch Guide book with step-by-step instructions for the stitches and techniques.
  • Hot Iron Transfer Pencil or permanent ink pen.
  • A seat frame with a 250mm (10″) hoop or similar frame to hold the work in progress.
  • Pair of scissors, a good light and some relaxation time.


This kit is for an experienced embroiderer

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