Embroidery in Pop Culture: Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack Dress for the Spice Girls Tour

If you want to spice up your life, wearing a fantastically embellished dress is one way to do it. And Ginger Spice herself Geri Halliwell did just that when she wore this embroidered Union Jack dress on the Spice Girls tour.

The embroidery was done by the studio of Jenny King Embroidery, which specializes in freehand machine embroidery, also known as Irish machine embroidery. They use vintage Singer 107W102 machines, which have a very wide maximum stitch width, to create a satin stitch that can fill in areas quite quickly, at least compared to hand stitched embroidery.

The designer for this dress is Gabriella Slade, who has recently been working on Six the Musical on the West End. Ingrid Pryer constructed the dress.


Seed Stitch

1 Push your needle from the bottom of the fabric.
Place it down again a very short distance in any direction.
2 Pull the thread through and taut.
3 Make many more stitches of the same size, not connected, and in various
directions. It should look like seeds were scattered or dropped on the ground.
4 For thicker seeds, place two stitches next to each other.

Free Page from Fall Leaves Bundle #1 Now Available

This week I opened an Etsy shop and placed my first hand embroidery pattern up for sale: Fall Leaves Bundle #1. It includes three leaves: maple, beech, and ash in a pattern with all three plus pages of the individual leaves in varying sizes.

Today I’m releasing one of the individual pages for free – the beech leaf. I plan on releasing many free hand embroidery patterns in addition to the ones I sell on my Etsy shop.

You can check out the free beech leaf page on the Hand Embroidery Patterns – Free page or click the link below:

Nat Johnson Embroidery – Beech Leaf