Prickly Pear Patch


The Prickly Pear Cactus is one of my favorite plants ever! It’s beautiful in its variations of flowers and fruit as well as the unique shapes it configures itself. After admiring them for so long, I finally decided to create a piece inspired by their beauty.

When I embroider, I always start off with a drawing, working in black and white. I then jump to color after deciding what the piece will become when finished. For this piece specifically, I wanted to turn it into a patch to go on a jacket, which is apart of our up-cycled line. If you are interested in learning how you can up-cycle your own clothes we have a workshop on April 27th from 10am-1pm at Park Story in Fairfax, Virginia. Just bring a piece of clothing and your lovely self and we will provide the rest! You can purchase your tickets here.

Tip: Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabalizer is a great tool to use when transferring drawings, as well as helping stabilize your fabric.

For this piece I wanted to highlight pink and green in a way that is as fun and unique as these cacti. The other two cacti will depict varying shades of green differentiating them from one another. By deciding on a color scheme ahead of time I have more of an opportunity to make sure colors are going well together and match them with a piece of clothing if need be.

The main stitches I am using for this piece are:

Split Stitch

French Knots

Satin Stitch

These three stitches are some of my favorites for creating texture and filling in my drawings and I have a lot of fun ideas on how to use them for this piece. I can’t wait to show you all the progress I’ve made next time on What’s On My Hoop! In the meantime, make sure to keep up with our other posts as well as our instagram to see what we are up to! (:

2 thoughts on “Prickly Pear Patch

  1. I, too, love the Prickly Pear Cactus but unfortunately where I live (northern MN), I don’t get to see it. Luckily for me, recently I went to Phoenix and saw lots of Prickly Pear and they were in bloom…beautiful!

    I love your design and use of color. It was interesting to rad your process and which embroidery stitches you are using. I can’t wait to see the progress of this piece.


    1. Yay! That’s awesome that you love the Prickly Pear Cactus too! It’s such a beautiful plant and I’m glad you got to see it out in Phoenix.

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about my process and I can’t wait to show you more!


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