Backside of the Hoop with Sarah Roberts


Sarah Roberts of In the Quiet Hours, March 2015
Sarah Roberts of In the Quiet Hours, March 2015

Today I’m so excited to introduce you to Sarah Roberts of In the Quiet Hours! I met Sarah on Instagram, and I just love seeing what she creates with vintage linens and patterns, and hearing about what she’s doing for the stitching community in the Atlanta area.


Sarah Roberts

I am Sarah Roberts, and In The Quiet Hours is my hand embroidery business where I create new hand embroidered art on and with vintage linens. I also teach both beginning and intermediate hand embroidery classes and hold small, special embroidery events in Atlanta, Georgia.

Vintage linens have always brought me comfort and happiness, just like hand embroidery. My work blends the two, hopefully bringing useable pieces of affordable art into the homes of many.

I am a Wife and Mom. I studied History at Agnes Scott College, and went on to teach little kids how to read and get along with one another. I left teaching to stay home with my children; that was almost five and a half years ago. I love being a part of the crafting community, both in my own city and virtually!


I suppose my Mom taught me to cross stitch when I was a kid and I just took it from there. I loved to stitch bookmarks for gifts and do Swedish Weaving/Huck Embroidery in Home Economics class.

Embroidery became a big part of my life again when I was pregnant with my first child. My Mom and I sewed a lot for her room, and I added embroidered touches throughout. After that, I couldn’t stop!

ITQH pillow


My desk, which is my primary supply and creating space, is my favorite place to stitch lately. My desk space is a cosy little corner with drawers and vintage nick knack containers full of threads and laces and scissors. It looks out on the backyard where I can watch my kids and the dog play. And at night my husband is usually behind me, working at his desk, and we chat about every little and big thing.

ITQH Place to Stitch

roses and daisy pendant


ITQH Backside



No, I used to cinch the fabric with thread to finish a hoop. This always felt incomplete. Now, I use craft glue to adhere the fabric to the hoop. It feels very secure and final.

I do try to leave the backside of my stitches showing. I’ve always felt the backside of hand work (any craft, really) is quite telling of the stitcher and gives the complete story of the piece. I love to thrift and antique, and when I come across hand embroidered or cross stitched pieces, I immediately flip to the back to admire the neatness of the work!


The final stitches! Although, I do like the middle stages of a piece where I can still make design modifications on a whim.

The gluing and tacking down of sticky fabric backing. Tedious. Sticky. Bleck.

ITQH Let's Eat napkins

lady vela

ITQH Napkins


  1. Bullion Knot
  2. Stem Stitch (I did this stitch the “wrong way” for years and now it is just so elegant to me!)
  3. Fishbone Stitch

ITQH stitches close up


I mostly use DMC brand. I love both stranded cotton and perle cotton. I wrap the stranded floss around a clothes pin with the number tucked inside. The clothespins are all loosely organized by color in a drawer. Fancy, I know!

ITQH Embroidery


I create my own patterns these days (both hand drawn and on Illustrator). I do sometimes use copyright free vintage patterns mixed with my own design elements. I love stitching vintage patterns!


I am spending March preparing for April! I have my second Stitch & Take! gathering coming up on April 9th. The pattern will show some love for Dogwood trees, as they are the true beauties of Springtime in Atlanta! And I have applied for Indie Craft Experience’s Spring Salvage Market that will take place on April 18th in the Yarab Shriners Temple in Midtown Atlanta. I love preparing for Salvage because it means stitching on and cleaning up vintage linens to sell!  Speaking of Indie Craft Experience, they are planning a Craft Escape weekend for the beginning of May and I have been asked to come teach embroidery basics for this event! It will be an amazing weekend!

ITQH BoothITQH Stitch Groupstitch&take1

Thank you so much, Sarah, for sharing with us your embroidery story and process! Like Sarah, my least favorite part of the embroidery process is the finishing off part.