I’ve been practicing my hand embroidery, and I have a fun project to show you!
- Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray (You can find it here!)
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss
- Fabric (I used muslin from the clearance section)
- 498 – Pink
- 727 – Yellow
- 798 – Blue
- 799 – Light Blue
- 823 – Navy
- B5200 – White
This is the design idea I’ll be working off of.
You’ll notice that I chose to do mine differently in some areas! You should experiment with yours as well and see all the fun designs that you can come up with!
If you’re nervous about winging it (no pun intended!), you can draw a wing shape or trace the entire design onto your fabric before you begin stitching.
Use tiny stitches to make the circles. The smaller the stitch, the more control you have over the shape of whatever you’re trying to make!
That just goes to show that practice makes perfect!
The V’s are made with the Back Stitch. Almost every stitch in this tutorial is the Back Stitch.
Once the V’s are complete, we’re going to move on from the bird. We will come back to him later and finish up his eyes and beak.
If you don’t like what you’ve stitched, use the blunt end of your needle to remove the stitches. Once the unwanted stitches have been removed, smooth out your fabric (this usually eliminates the needle holes) and stitch it again!
All of my French Knots are double wrapped.
With the navy thread, use two Back Stitches to create a slightly curved line for the eyes.
Use the pink thread to stitch the beak. Make the beak with a few Straight Stitches or the Satin Stitch.
Be careful about writing too darkly. If you mess up, it can be hard to erase if the lead is too dark.
Once the words are drawn, use the Back Stitch to complete the project!
He’s super cute and perfect for a gift! 🙂