DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Personalized Floral Wreath

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, personalized project to share with you today!

IMG_3775Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_3778DMC Floss Colors:

  • 4230 – variegated blue
  • E415 – metallic silver

We’re going to start the project by printing off the letter of your choice is a festive font!  I chose “N” for Natalie, typed it up, and printed it out.

I used the Onyx typeface, which I believe came standard on my computer.

Once you print out your letter, trace it onto your fabric.

IMG_3781We’re going to start by using the satin stitch for the serifed areas.

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I never do the satin stitch.  Because I never use the satin stitch, I’m not very good at it!  So this project is practice for me!

IMG_3784Use a larger than normal back stitch for the straight lines.

IMG_3786Do the same for the other side of the letter.

IMG_3792Now comes the fun part!

We’re going to satin stitch the entire center portion of the letter.

IMG_3803This is where you really get the see the variations in the thread!

IMG_3806Keep going until you reach the bottom!

I’m actually rather pleased with how my satin stitch looks!  I know its just straight lines, but I’m still impressed with myself! 🙂

IMG_3808To make the edges look cleaner, we’re going to add a few of the large back stitches around the edge of the satin stitch.

IMG_3812Add it to the other side as well.  I also added a stitch across the bottom just to clean it up a bit.

IMG_3867Now we’re going to use our silver thread to stitch a wreath around the outside of the letter.

Use the feather stitch for this portion and alternate the side that the “feather” falls on.

IMG_3870I didn’t realize until after I’d stitched around the entire hoop that I had the wrong number of feathers.  The first and last one ended up being on the same side! Oh no!!

IMG_3875To fix that problem, I went back with the straight stitch and added a second feather.

IMG_3876Much better!

IMG_3881Now we can add some French knot flowers.

I triple wrapped all of these French knots.

IMG_3889So pretty!  I love the color variations!

IMG_3894Once the knots are complete, our project is done!

IMG_3907I had a few setbacks with this project, but I love the way it turned out!  The silver thread really brings out the little silver spots in my fabric!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Rise and Shine

Hi everyone!

I have a fun and colorful embroidery project to share today! IMG_2872Supplies:

  • Bright, floral fabric
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Printed phrase

DMC Floss Color:

  • 4040

I chose this floss specifically for the fun color variations! Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 3.04.54 PMThis is the phrase motif we’ll be using.

I picked two complementary fonts off my computer and typed out my desired phrase.

You’re more than welcome to use my font choices, or you can choose some fonts of your own! IMG_2896We’re going to start by tracing the phrase onto our fabric.

Once the phrase is traced, hoop your fabric. IMG_2898Start Back Stitching around “Rise.”

If you like the Satin Stitch, do that! I think it would look very pretty here! IMG_2901 IMG_2903 Continue Back Stitching until “Rise” is complete. IMG_2967I contemplated using the Stem/Outline Stitch for the “and,” but in the end, I decided to stick with the Back Stitch. IMG_3032 Just like we did with “Rise,” begin Back Stitching the word “Shine.”IMG_3035 IMG_3038IMG_3041Once “Shine” is complete, our project is done! IMG_3050I absolutely love how cheerful and bright this turned out!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Swirly Twirly Design

Hi everyone!

I have more embroidery to share with you!

IMG_1035Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldson-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_1040DMC Floss Colors:

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 162 – light blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 600 – pink
  • 605 – light pink
  • 744 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_1045Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

IMG_1047Trace the motif onto your fabric.

IMG_1053Start with the green thread and Back Stitch the leaves.

IMG_1055 IMG_1058 IMG_1060Once the leaves are done, we’ll move on to the yellow portions.

IMG_1065Back Stitch the “stems.”

IMG_1070Add in some Lazy Daisies.

IMG_1073 IMG_1076Repeat!

IMG_1079Use the dark pink thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the swirly portions.

IMG_1085 IMG_1092It’s starting to look so cute!

IMG_1095Use the light blue thread to Back Stitch the little paisleys.

IMG_1099 IMG_1100Once the paisleys are stitched, separate your six strand thread into two strands of three.

IMG_1106Use one of the strands of three and Straight Stitch the lines inside the paisleys.

IMG_1110 IMG_1114Once the light blue is done, we’re going to move on to the dark blue.

IMG_1118Use a Lazy Daisy for the large teardrop.

Be sure not to pull your thread too tight.  You want to maintain as much of the teardrop shape as possible.

IMG_1120Use the Back Stitch for both crescents.

IMG_1126Once the crescents are stitched, separate your thread into two strands of three like we did earlier with the light blue thread.

IMG_1128Use the Scallop Stitch for the inside portion of the crescents.

IMG_1132 For a finishing touch, we’ll add a few light pink stars.  Take your pink thread and split it into two strands of three.

IMG_1134Use the Star Stitch to make little stars.

IMG_1139Once the stars are stitched, our project is complete!

IMG_1147So cute and playful!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Cursive Initial

Hi everyone!

I made this little project for one of my grandlittles the other day and decided to share it with you! IMG_1176Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used muslin)
  • Needle
  • Pencil

IMG_1179DMC Floss Colors

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 326 – magenta
  • 712 – cream (optional)

IMG_1187We’re going to start with the light green thread and feather stitch around the edge of the hoop. IMG_1189I’ve never used the feather stitch before this project.

I was surprised with how much I liked it.  It’s easy, quick, and pretty.  What more could I want? IMG_1195The feather stitch is a great way to create vines and ivy. IMG_1198After completing the wreath, place a dark blue, double wrapped French Knot on each “leaf” on the inside of the wreath. IMG_1202Keep going around the circle.

My fabric is very thin, so you can see the connecting threads under the fabric.  That really started to annoy me, so I went back and cut the connecting threads and tied them off. IMG_1204Use the magenta thread and place double wrapped French Knots on each outside “leaf.” IMG_1209Keep going around until the circle is complete. IMG_1212The finished floral wreath. IMG_1216Use your pencil to draw a cursive initial in the center.

I chose “J” because my grandlittle’s name is Jessica. IMG_1218Use the magenta thread and Stem/Outline Stitch the initial. IMG_1220If you’re not a fan of the Stem Stitch, the Back Stitch would also look pretty!IMG_1228Once the initial is stitched, the project is complete!

So simple but so pretty!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Folk Art Birdie

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy embroidery tutorial for you!

IMG_0974Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0980DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – yellow
  • 907 – green
  • 970 – orange
  • 3846 – blue
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we’ll be using.

I opened this photo file in Photoshop and edited out the swirls.  I didn’t quite like them with the birdie.  I think they’d look much cuter on their own.

IMG_0983Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

Trace the motif onto your fabric.

IMG_0991We’re going to start with our orange thread, and Back Stitch the beak.

IMG_0993Back Stitch the wing in orange as well.

IMG_0997Use the blue thread to Back Stitch the eye.

IMG_1003Continue by stitching the tail feathers.

IMG_1006IMG_1008Once the tail feathers are done, we’re going to stitch the body.

IMG_1015Use the yellow thread for the birdie’s body.

IMG_1017Use the running stitch and the green thread to add some final touches.

IMG_1020Once the green stitching is done, our cute little birdie is complete!

IMG_1032I love the way this birdie turned out!

The colors are so bright and fun!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Pink Tulips

Hi everyone!

I have another project from my new Stitched Blooms embroidery book to share with you.

IMG_0787Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

IMG_0790DMC Floss Colors:

  • 702 – green
  • 893 – dark pink
  • 894 – light pink
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we’ll be using.

IMG_0792Print out the motif and trace with your Sharpie.

IMG_0799Trace the motif and hoop your fabric.

IMG_0801Use green thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the stem.

IMG_0803IMG_0806IMG_0811Continue on with the Stem Stitch until the stem is complete.

IMG_0814Keeping with the green thread, use the Back Stitch for the leaves.

IMG_0820IMG_0821Once the leaves are completed, we’ll start on the flowers.

IMG_0824Use the Back Stitch and the light pink thread for two of the flowers.

I chose two that are diagonal from each other, because I didn’t want two of the same color to be “touching.”

IMG_0829Stitch the two remaining flowers with the dark pink thread.

IMG_0958Our flowers are complete!

So bright and perfect for summer!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Blueberry Bush

Hi everyone!

I got some new embroidery books the other day.  Here’s my first project from one of my new books!

IMG_0717Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Needle

IMG_0720DMC Floss Colors:

  • 699 – green
  • 796 – dark blue
  • 799 – light blue

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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms
This is the blueberry motif we will be using.

IMG_0724Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

IMG_0730Trace the image onto your fabric and hoop your fabric.

IMG_0731We’re going to start with the green thread.

IMG_0738Use the Back Stitch for each portion of the stem.

IMG_0743IMG_0746IMG_0752The motif shows two lines of stitches for the base stem.  You can do two like the motif (and I) did or you can choose to do only one.

IMG_0755If you want to be daring, you can even fill in between the two portions of the base stem.

IMG_0760Now, we’re going to move onto the Lazy Daisies.

IMG_0764I have never stitched this many Lazy Daisies before.  It was actually pretty fun!

IMG_0767IMG_0770IMG_0772Once the Lazy Daisies are done, we’ll move on to the blueberries.

IMG_0777Start with the dark blue thread and Back Stitch two of the berries at the top.

IMG_0778Stitch two more berries with the dark blue thread.

IMG_0784Finish off the blueberry bush with some light blue berries.

IMG_0950Our blueberry bush is complete!

Don’t you love it?!  I sure do!!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

Happy Crafting!!
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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Teacup and Saucer

Hi everyone!

I have another fun, shabby chic embroidery project to share with you!

This is the companion to the floral teapot project I posted earlier this week.  IMG_0378Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_0380DMC Floss Colors:

  • E415 – metallic silver (optional)
  • 744 – yellow
  • 819 – light pink
  • 3712 – medium pink
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we’ll be using.

Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

If you’d like to make the teacup exactly match our teapot from earlier this week, you can use this motif instead.  IMG_0386Print out your motif and trace it with your Sharpie. IMG_0389Trace the teacup onto your fabric. IMG_0390Start with the light pink thread and Stem/Outline Stitch around the top of the cup. IMG_0393Continue down the sides of the cup. IMG_0396Finish up the cup by stitching the handle. IMG_0397Now, use the yellow thread to Back Stitch the lemon slice. IMG_0402Use the dark pink thread to Back Stitch the saucer.

Once the saucer is stitched, the project is complete! IMG_0411So cute! IMG_0580They look so good together!!

I love them!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Teapot

Hi everyone!

I have a pretty, shabby chic embroidery tutorial to share with you!

I actually made this, and another project I’ll be posting about later, for my Mom for Mother’s Day. IMG_0315Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_0318DMC Floss Colors:

  • E415 – metallic silver
  • 819 – light pink
  • 3712 – medium pink
  • 3752 – light blue (optional)
  • 3815 – dark green
  • 3817 – light green

IMG_0328I chose metallic silver thread, because I wanted to bring out the silver in my fabric.

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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the teapot motif we will be using. IMG_0324Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie. IMG_0326Trace the teapot onto your fabric. IMG_0332Use the light pink thread and Stem/Outline Stitch the body of the teapot. IMG_0334Now, stitch the lid, but leave a hole where the knob at the top of the pot will go. IMG_0337Continue on with the light pink thread and Stem Stitch. IMG_0343Finish up the spout and handle. IMG_0347Now, we’re going to Back Stitch the knob.

I’ve never used DMC metallic floss before, and it was SUPER hard to thread!  It took me forever! IMG_0351Continue with the silver, and Back Stitch the center of the flower. IMG_0352Use dark green thread and the Stem Stitch for stem. IMG_0356Use light green thread and the Back Stitch for the leaves. IMG_0360Finish up the leaves. IMG_0364Use the medium pink thread and Lazy Daisies for the flower petals.

These petals are the same width at the top and the bottom, so make sure you keep the petal open and not connected at the bottom. IMG_0368Once the petals are done, our teapot is complete! IMG_0371I absolutely LOVE the way this teapot turned out!

It’s so shabby chic!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Ribbon Memory Board Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I’ve been a busy little bee and have a few crafts to share with you!

I made three ribbon boards while on my little crafting binge!

IMG_0136Once my ribbon boards are complete, I’m going to hang them in a collage type of arrangement on my bedroom wall.

My bedroom is pink, green, and navy blue, so I picked fabrics that would complement my color palette!

IMG_0132The white fabric I chose has a subtle paisley pattern to it.  So cute!

IMG_0125Here are the supplies for my pink gingham board.

DMC floss color: B5200 – white

I couldn’t decide what width ribbon I wanted to use.

IMG_0208I eventually decided on the 3/8 inch ribbon.

IMG_0131Here are the supplies for my white ribbon board.

DMC floss color: 3840 – light blue

IMG_0281Half way through the project I changed my mind on what color and width ribbon I wanted to use.

I finally decided on a 3/8 inch cornflower blue ribbon.

IMG_0121Here are the supplies for my blue, floral pattern board.

DMC floss color: 151 – light pink

IMG_0175I decided on 3/8 inch ribbon for this board too.

IMG_0111Supplies:

  • Canvas (2 – 11 inch x 14 inch, 1 – 12 inch x 24 inch)
  • Buttons (7 for the smaller boards and 11 for the large board)
  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Ribbon (3/8 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scotch tape
  • Staple gun
  • Needle
  • Scissors

IMG_0138First, iron your fabric.

I have a steam iron, so I let my fabric dry while I prepped my board for its fabric.

Next, cut two rectangles of batting to the size of the canvas. IMG_0141Using the staple gun, staple the batting down in each corner of the canvas. IMG_0143Use little batting scraps to cover up the staples. IMG_0149Lay your fabric face-side down and place the canvas (upside down) on top. IMG_0152Wrap the fabric around the edge and staple the fabric to the back. IMG_0155Pull the fabric taut over the canvas and staple on the other side. IMG_0157When doing the sides, pull taut and fold the fabric like you’re wrapping a present before stapling it to the back of the canvas. IMG_0163Repeat on the other side.

I trimmed my fabric after taking this picture.  If yours looks like mine, you might want to do the same! IMG_0167When you turn your canvas over, this is what it should look like.

Now comes the frustrating part! IMG_0177Cut your ribbon and lay it out in a design similar to this. IMG_0180Use Scotch tape to tack down the ribbons where they intersect.

The next step involves flipping the board over, so you want the tape to hold the ribbons in place. IMG_0187Use the staple gun to staple the ribbons in place.

When stapling, pull the ribbons taut and at an angle, so they smoothly fold over the edge of the canvas.  Does that make sense? IMG_0197Use embroidery floss to sew on the buttons.

You want to create tufts, so make sure you pull the thread really tight. IMG_0198The first five buttons are the easiest!

The other two are much more difficult because the wooden part of the canvas is in the way.

If you have patience, you can still sew on the buttons like I did. Simply pull the canvas away from the wooden backing and sew underneath.

If you lack patience, you can just hot glue those buttons in place. IMG_0304Once your buttons are in place, the project is done!  IMG_0301The pink gingham board turned out so cute! IMG_0307My finished white and blue board! IMG_0310All three boards!

I absolutely love how these turned out!

I can’t wait to hang them up on my wall!

Happy crafting!! Bow signature pink