DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Chester the Chipmunk

Hi everyone!

I have another embroidery project to show you! IMG_7576Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_7579DMC Floss Colors:

  • 838 – Dark brown
  • 840 – Brown
  • 842 – Light Brown (optional)
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

Here’s a picture of the design I’m working off of. IMG_7569_2We’re going to start by hooping our fabric. IMG_7585_2The majority of this project is made by using the Back Stitch.

With brown thread, stitch a rounded triangle to create part of Chester’s head. IMG_7588_2Use the dark brown thread to create the ears.

I decided to stitch them at the same time instead of stitching the head in between.

My ears turned out two different shapes.  Whoopsie!!  Oh well, it gives Chester some character! IMG_7593Now we have to stitch the head.

I had no problems with left side of the head.  The right side is where I ran into trouble! IMG_7594I think I stitched and restitched the right side of Chester’s head at least three times!

I had a lot of trouble getting the cheek rounded the right way.  I kept ending up with harsh turns and sharp angles. IMG_7597_2Now, it’s time for the body and the feet! Just like with the ears, I had some trouble with the feet!

There is definitely a learning curve to hand embroidery! IMG_7602_2Little Chester is coming right along! IMG_7606Now it’s time to add his arms! IMG_7609You can make the arms the same length or different lengths like I did.

The book shows the arms as different lengths, and I figured it would be easier to make them blatantly different than try to make them exactly the same! IMG_7613_2It’s time to make Chester’s sweet face!

I used double wrapped French Knots for his eyes. I prefer double wrapped knots to single, because I like my knots to be a little bigger.  Especially in the case of Chester’s eyes. IMG_7618Chester has such a sweet grin! (At least I think so!)

With brown thread, use the Satin Stitch to make his tiny nose and the Back Stitch to make his mouth. IMG_7620_2Tail Time! Continuing with the brown thread, Back Stitch the upper part of Chester’s tail. IMG_7622Use the dark brown thread to finish off the tail.

I love the swirly part of the tail!  It adds (more) great character to our chubby chipmunk! IMG_7626The acorn is the last part of our project.

Use the brown thread to create the nut part of the acorn and the dark brown thread to create the upper “hat” portion. IMG_7632Once you’ve finished stitching the domed “hat” portion of the acorn, add one Straight Stitch crossing over the upper half to make the stem. IMG_7854 Chester the chubby chipmunk is complete!!

I think he turned our might cute if I do say so myself!! 😀

Feel free to add more acorns or the wording like the example from the book!

Happy Crafting!!

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5 thoughts on “DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Chester the Chipmunk

  1. I love him! And, nobody’s ears!are exactly alike, so that just makes him more real!

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