Plume Thistle Embroidery Kit


This Plume Thistle kit contains the materials you need to make this embroidery picture, with guidelines, thread colour guide, photographs and ‘tips’ from Bridget, the designer.

You will also need to purchase the Quaker Tapestry Stitch Guide Book which will give you step-by-step instructions of each stitch.

A note from Bridget, the designer:

“In preparation for my thistle embroidery design I did some research to find a thistle native to the Quaker Tapestry’s home of Cumbria. I was surprised to discover that there are many different varieties growing in the area. It is a member of the daisy and dandelion family so some people would call it a weed. The one I chose is the ‘Spear Thistle’ also known as the ‘Common Thistle’ or ‘Plume Thistle’.”


Fabric size 330mm x 330mm, embroidered image size H120mm x W120mm


  • 2 x ‘crewel’ needles.
  • Coloured skeins of Appleton’s crewel embroidery wool thread.
  • Linen embroidery fabric.
  • Calico backing cloth.
  • The pattern or outline design.
  • Illustrated guidelines for completing the kit.

Other items needed to complete the kit

  • Quaker Tapestry Stitch Guide book with step-by-step instructions for the stitches and techniques.
  • Water erasable Aqua Pen.
  • A seat frame with a 250mm (10inch) hoop or similar frame to hold the work in progress.
  • Pair of scissors, a good light and some relaxation time.


This is a follow-on embroidery kit with some extra stitches to those used in the Quaker Tapestry – the ‘long and short’ stitch and some easy needle weaving. Both of the new stitches are easy to do using my guidelines included in the kit. The Stitch Guide book will show you the other Quaker Tapestry stitches.

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