Hand Lettering Type and Embroidery Part 1

Besides sewing and quilting, I have an extreme love for typography and design. I’ve been drawing my whole life, but hand-drawn lettering has become a new favorite hobby. It takes quite a bit of patience to refine and develop my hand to become a true hand lettering master, but I love practicing almost every day! A lot of times, I find inspiration on Pinterest.


One day, Dawn asked me to collaborate on an embroidery project with her based on a hand-drawn design. Of course! What a fun idea! So we put our heads together and came up with a cute saying: “Sew Little Time” — adorned with a cute vintage kitten. Purrfect. I designed the hand lettering portion, and Dawn created the kitten and will embroider it to make a one of a kind piece.

I began with basic pencil sketches. Then, we chose which style would be interesting and would read best when embroidered.


Here are some rough sketches



Adjusting the letterforms.



Retracing the image with darker ink.


From there, I refined some more: I added darker lines with ink, and when  I was happy with the design, I took it into both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; where I turned the design into a crisp and clean vector object.


Time for digitizing.

This embroidery pattern will become available online at ConnectingThreads.com in the near future.

So that’s Part One of our project, I hope you enjoy! Part two will include Dawn’s embroidery.



  1. Laurie - March 18, 2015


    • Jenna - March 19, 2015

      Thanks Laurie!

  2. Ann - March 20, 2015

    Another talent of yours! I see you sketching and drawing sometimes but I didn’t know about this interest. I like the fonts you drew a lot. Look forward to seeing the finished design.