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Polka & Bloom is colourful, beginner friendly embroidery patterns for you.
If you have any questions I'm happy to help.
Send me an Etsy convo or email me: carina [!at] carinascraftblog.com ♥
Thank you. :-)


Last updated on Apr 21, 2022

See what I'm stitching: @carinacraftblog :-)
Polka & Bloom is colourful, beginner friendly embroidery patterns for you.
If you have any questions I'm happy to help.
Send me an Etsy convo or email me: carina [!at] carinascraftblog.com ♥
Thank you. :-)



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About polkaandbloom

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On Etsy since 2009

Happy embroidery patterns designed for you.

Polka & Bloom started in 2009 while I was in between 'real' jobs. And now designing embroidery patterns has turned into a real job.

As well as designing for Polka & Bloom I have written five books (the latest is Thread Doodling), contributed to several other books and had work published in various magazines (among them Mollie Makes and Homespun).

I am originally from Denmark, but now live outside of London in the UK with my husband Tony and our dog, a cheeky rescue Jack Russell called Blake. Follow me on Instagram (@carinacraftblog) and you'll see plenty of pictures of Blake!

Things that inspire me: flowers, clouds, old buildings, art, drawing, London, Frida Kahlo, folk art.

Design Process

It usually starts with a tiny doodle in my sketchbook - or maybe a large doodle. Then I redraw it larger so it will work as a pattern. Sometimes I go straight to fabric and floss to stitch the pattern, and sometimes I draw the pattern on the computer first and then adjust it as I stitch it.

Colours are always an important part of the design process. They have to be just right.

Sometimes I come up with the name for a pattern myself and sometimes I ask my newsletter subscribers for help with 'crowd sourcing' a name. I love reading the suggestions! (Subscribe to the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cn5Ef.)

Once the pattern is stitched, it is photographed and files are prepared on the computer to make it into a PDF that you can buy in the shop. :-)

Shop members

  • Carina Envoldsen-Harris

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator, Photography

    Hello! I'm Carina and I design all the embroidery patterns in the Polka & Bloom shop. I love colour, embroidery and clouds. Danish in the UK. Vegan.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Hello and thank you for taking a moment to view my shop policies - and thank you for considering owning one of my creations. Your support for handmade is immensely appreciated.
If you have any questions about my work or the shop policies, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Sales of embroidery patterns and the embroidery books are final. Unless the pattern or ebook has not been downloaded, I do not accept any returns, or offer refunds, on these.

For physical items I will accept returns if you contact me within 14 days of receiving your order, and if you return it to me within 30 days. The item/s must be unused and in the same condition as I sent it to you.

When I receive the item/s I will refund you the purchase price (excluding shipping) or exchange the item once I have checked the item/s. Unfortunately, I cannot refund any return shipping costs.

:: I do not accept returns of custom made orders. ::
You can pay with Etsy Payments and Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to pay through Paypal; a credit or debit card is all you need. Just click on the Paypal option and follow the link to pay with your credit or debit card.

When paying with a Paypal eCheque, please note that you will only receive the files in your order once payment has cleared. Likewise for physical items, they will not be shipped until payment has cleared. This usually takes 3-7 days. Please read this for more information: https://www.paypal-marketing.co.uk/guides/echeques/

I would like immediate payment, but within 2 days maximum. Please contact me if for some reason you need to delay payment; I'd be happy to sort something out. However, if I've not heard anything from the buyer within 7 days I will cancel the order.

I like to dispatch orders as quick as possible, so please beware of the following:
- quick payment = quick shipping! I will not ship your order until payment is received.
- make sure that your Etsy and Paypal addresses match up. If they don't I will need to check this with you and this may delay shipping.
Embroidery patterns and ebooks are digital files available to download once payment has gone through.

I ship to any destination, as long as they have a postal service!

I will always try to ship orders within 2-3 days (weekends and holidays excluded). If there is a delay, I will let you know.

I use Royal Mail for shipping to both national and international destinations.

- For UK destinations I use Recorded Second Class Delivery, which means you normally receive your purchase in 2-3 days from when it has been posted. This delivery method needs to be signed for, so, on purchase,
please let me know in a 'note to seller' if this would be awkward for you.

- For international shipping, I use First Class Airmail. This should reach most destinations within 7-18 working days. However, this is not a tracked or insured service, so if you would like this to be provided, please let me know in a 'note to seller' - or contact me before purchase. There is an extra charge for this, unfortunately.

>>Buyers are responsible for any additional customs or duty costs.<<