DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Penelope the Peacock

Hi everyone!

It’s time for another embroidery tutorial!

This time we’ll be making a cute, little peacock named Penelope!! IMG_8043Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8045DMC Floss Colors:

  • 964
  • 958
  • 991
  • 3840
  • 3839
  • 3838
  • 791
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

Doodle Stitching has two different patterns for the peacock.

Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

I took inspiration from both designs and created something all my own!

You can follow the original designs, or you can get creative and try something new!

IMG_7673We’ll start by using the Back Stitch to create Penelope’s body.

IMG_7678I chose to make her body dark blue like the book did.

IMG_7680Continue using the Back Stitch to make the little arch that forms her eye.

IMG_7683Now, we start stitching the feathers!

IMG_7690I used dark teal floss for the first three feathers.

IMG_7694I chose to make my first few feathers as close to the book as possible.

IMG_7697Continuing with the Back Stitch, add another, larger feather in any color you’d like!

IMG_7700Once the larger feather is completed, we can start adding a few accents!

IMG_7703Start by adding a light mint circle.

IMG_7707Then, add a few Lazy Daisy stitches.

Begin stitching another larger feather.

IMG_7709This feather ended up more square than I would’ve liked, but I decided to roll with it.

IMG_7712Now, we’re going to add some medium mint stripes.

IMG_7717Finish off the stripes and add another feather down below.

IMG_7718Add feathers all over until you are satisfied with Penelope’s plumage!

IMG_7721Try to mix up your thread colors and keep Penelope balanced.

IMG_7726Add some fun feather details!

IMG_7728Double wrap your needle for these French Knots!

IMG_7733More feathers!

I’m not sure why I stitched two of the same colored feathers right next to each other, but I did!  It all ends up working out in the end though!

IMG_7740Another feather!

IMG_7743There’s a learning curve to stitching the feather shapes.  If you’re having trouble, don’t worry!  It gets easier as you go along!

IMG_7745I decided to add a swirly thing!

IMG_7749Now, we add a circle to it!

IMG_7751And another circle!

IMG_7756My swirly thing somehow evolved into a leaf/feather combo!

IMG_7758Finish the leaf/feather and add another circle (down below) as an accent.

IMG_7760Now, we try and succeed in stitching a swirly!

IMG_7764Add a ball for fun!

IMG_7765I couldn’t decide what kind of accent to add to the big feather, so I went with an oval shape.

The easiest way to make an oval is to stitch two parallel lines, and then, create the rounded edge by connecting the lines.

IMG_7767More double wrapped French Knots!

IMG_7771Add a diamond-like shape and another French Knot to the bottom feather.

IMG_7774Stitch a smaller version of the top left feather inside of itself.

Then, stitch around the inside of the feather next to it with a different floss color.

IMG_7773Here’s a close-up!  Sorry it’s a little blurry!

IMG_7780Add a third color to that feather!

You can keep going until you fill the feather completely if you’d like!  It could be really cute!

IMG_7785Now, it’s time for the head foffies!

I used two Back Stitches to create them.  If you want the foffies shorter or longer, you can adjust the number of stitches or the stitch length.

IMG_7788Accent the foffies with double wrapped French Knots.

IMG_7797I wasn’t quite satisfied with Penelope’s left side, so I decided to add one last feather.

IMG_7799Finish it off with a few more French Knots.  Single wrapped this time!

IMG_7856Penelope the Peacock is complete!

Isn’t she pretty?!

I absolutely love her!

What do you think?  Are you a fan of peacocks?!

Happy Crafting!!

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2 thoughts on “DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Penelope the Peacock

  1. Peakcocks and Peacock colors are among my favorites. I think I would add a medium purple to it.

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