Studio Ghibli Embroidery

By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

I just love designs by Liam Ashurst and when I first came across them on Pinterest I knew I just had to embroider some for my living room. I’ve been doing embroidery for over 10 years, but I now find it to be quite challenging as my hands shake a lot due to my chronic illness. These finished embroidery hoops took me quite a few months to make.

Spirited Away Embroidery ©2018 The Reluctant Spoonie

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Make your own

Check out this Blueprint post on embroidery stitches if you are new to embroidery. Practice on some scrap fabric before you start your main piece to find out what stitches and thickness of thread you want to use.

You will need:

Tracing paper
Cotton fabric
Embroidery hoop
Sewing needle
Embroidery thread


  1. Print design and trace onto tracing paper.
  2. [This method only works with light coloured fabrics, for dark fabrics you will have to use embroidery stabiliser] Stick paper to a window and stick fabric over the top. Do this on a sunny day to make it easier to see the lines.
    Pro tip– go over the lines with a felt pen after you’ve traced the design to make it easier to see.
  3. Trace design onto fabric using a pencil.
  4. Put fabric into an embroidery hoop and start stitching your design. Pro tip– Run your thread over some beeswax after you’ve split it to keep the thread smooth when you’re sewing.

Back your embroidery hoop using this method or frame in a picture frame to finish.

For more craft projects, check out my Pinterest Board.

Howls Moving Castle embroidery ©2019 The Reluctant Spoonie

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