I love getting into a new embroidery project — it is SO satisfying to see it progress, and often I can’t help but run my fingers over the new stitches. Recently I stumbled upon Jans Schwester‘s embroidery on Pinterest and fell in love with her gorgeous floral embroidered strainers. Once I started looking, I discovered even more amazing embroidery on strainers, colanders, and screen windows and doors, so I decided to give it a try myself!
I ended up stitching all my strainers using geometric shapes as inspiration, but in ombre colors for a bit of interest. These three pieces were not quick to complete, but once you get going they’re quite simple and are great to work on while binge-watching your favorite show, riding public transit, or just having a relaxing day at home. The blue strainer is 7 inches across and took me four or five hours to complete; the smaller green one took about three hours, and the vintage colander took less than one hour. Don’t let the timing intimidate you though — as with most embroidery, the process can be a bit slow, but the results are so unique. I now admire my strainers every time I walk into my kitchen. —Kathleen