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 – 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 – 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 Hand Embroidery Motif – Ice Cream Cone

Hi everyone!

I have a sweet, summery project to share with you!

IMG_0224Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0225DMC Floss Colors:

  • 210 – purple
  • 744 – yellow
  • 893 – pink
  • 964 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_0236Print out the motif, and trace it with your Sharpie.

In the beginning, I wasn’t going to stitch the cherry.  Later on, I decided I wanted it, so I added it in.  It’s up to you!

IMG_0239Using your pencil, trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_0241We’re going to start with our yellow thread and Back Stitch the cone.

IMG_0246Since our design is so small, I decided to use smaller stitches.

IMG_0249If I ever stitch this design again, I’m going to make the stitches intersect instead of overlap on the body of the cone.  I’m not a fan of how jumbled this looks.IMG_0250Now, we stitch the ice cream!

IMG_0253You can switch the ice cream colors if you’d like!

Two of the same colored scoops would look adorable, or you could add an extra scoop or two!

IMG_0256We’re going to Satin Stitch the cherry, but first, we need to Back Stitch the outline.

IMG_0260Now, Satin Stitch over your outline.

My cherry ended up more of an oval than a circle.  Whoopsie!

IMG_0262Add a little, curved stem to the cherry.

IMG_0269Our ice cream cone is complete!

Isn’t it adorable?!

A perfect summer craft!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Birdies on a Branch

Hi everyone!

My Big (Sister in my sorority) is graduating soon, so I made her a cute, little “going away” present.

IMG_9599Supplies:

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

IMG_9602DMC Floss Colors:

  • 703 – green
  • 840 – light brown
  • 958 – medium turquoise
  • 964 – light turquoise
  • 838 – dark brown

My dark brown thread has clearly seen better days!  It’s a jumbled mess right now!

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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the birdie motif we will be using.

IMG_9609Print out the design and trace over it with a Sharpie. I like to use the Ultra Fine Point ones.

IMG_9613Use your pencil to trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_9615We’re going to start by using the green thread and Back Stitching the leaves.

IMG_9618You can use whatever stitch you like, but I think the Back Stitch looks quite nice!

IMG_9622We’re going to start stitching the birds with our light turquoise thread.

I chose to use the Stem/Outline Stitch for this portion of the project.

IMG_9625I like to try and stitch all the portions that are the same color at one time and then move on to the next color.

IMG_9628Now, on to the medium turquoise.

IMG_9631The Stem/Outline Stitch is so pretty!

IMG_9634I love the little swirls!  They make these birdies so much cuter!

IMG_9642Finish up the bird bodies and move on to the beaks.

I used the Satin Stitch for both beaks.

I don’t love the way the little bird’s beak turned out.  I’ll get over it though!

IMG_9645Using the light brown thread, Back Stitch the branch.

IMG_9649Using the dark brown thread and the Back Stitch, create the nest.

IMG_9652Stitching the nest was the hardest part.

My pencil lines were all jumbled and hard to see.  I ended up just placing the lines wherever!

IMG_9655Continuing with the dark brown thread, use a French Knot for each eye.

IMG_9679And there you have it!

Our cute, little birdies are complete!!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery – Olivia the Octopus

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy embroidery tutorial to share with you!

I’ve been talking about practicing the Stem/Outline stitch for a while now, and I’m finally getting around to doing it.

This project is made (almost) entirely with the Stem Stitch. IMG_9354Supplies:

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

IMG_9358DMC Floss Colors:

  • 552 – dark purple
  • 553 – medium purple
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the cute, little octopus we’ll be stitching! IMG_9362First, print out the motif and trace with your Sharpie.

Then, trace with a pencil onto your fabric. IMG_9365 Apart from her eyes, Olivia is made entirely of the Stem/Outline Stitch.

I used the medium purple floss for the body. IMG_9368I started at the top and went around counter clock-wise. IMG_9370My fabric was very thin, so my stitches are a little looser than I would like.

In the next few days, I’ll be uploading another project featuring the Stem/Outline Stitch where the stitches are much tighter. IMG_9373Olivia was so fast to stitch!

I believe it took me less than half and hour! IMG_9377I used the darker purple floss for her eyes.

You can either use the Satin Stitch or French Knots for the eyes.  Whatever you prefer! IMG_9380Olivia the octopus is complete!

What a cutie!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Spring Strawberries

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8719Supplies:

  • Doddle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie

IMG_8722DMC Floss Colors:

  • 321 – red
  • 700 – green
  • 727 – light yellow
  • 3840 – light blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the strawberry motif we will be using.

IMG_8697Print out the motif and trace over it with your Sharpie.

Then, trace the motif on to your fabric.

IMG_8723We’re going to start by stitching all of the red parts.

This entire project is created by using the Back Stitch.

IMG_8725If you’d like, you can use Lazy Daisies instead of the Back/Straight Stitch for the seeds.

I tried Lazy Daisies first, but they were too big and made the berry look cluttered.

IMG_8728If you don’t like the seed placement in the original design, you can always move them around or add a few more!

IMG_8730Use your light yellow thread to stitch the center of the flower.

If you’re comfortable with the Satin Stitch, you could use that instead of the Back Stitch.

IMG_8731Use the light blue thread for the flowers.

The design shows the petals as a little squared off.  I liked the look, so I tried to emulate it as much as possible!  One petal turned out rounded, but oh well!  I’m all about adding character to my pieces! 😉

IMG_8734Now, on to the green!

Since the majority of the green areas are straight lines, I made my stitches a little bit longer than usual.

IMG_8737I tried my best to define the points on the leaf.  Some of the points did end up muddled though.

The easiest way to define the points is to only use one stitch for each side of the point.  Does that make sense?

IMG_8738I think I did the best on the middle leaf!

IMG_8751If you are comfortable with the Stem Stitch, you can use that instead of the Back Stitch.

IMG_8753Once you’ve stitched the vine, your berries are complete!

IMG_8757I think this is possibly the berry cutest project I’ve ever made! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Umbrella

Hi everyone!

I just got back to school from my spring break vacation.  While away, I made a few really cute projects!

This little project and another one I’ll post later in the week, were made while my little, Jessica, and I were delayed in the airport for four hours! Four hours!!! IMG_8649Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get a copy here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Fabric (I used blue gingham)
  • Scissors

IMG_8650DMC Floss Colors:

  • 151 – light pink
  • 603 – medium pink
  • 703 – green
  • 727 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the umbrella pattern we will be following!

It’s so cute and perfect for spring! IMG_8640I like to start by printing out the design and tracing over it with a Sharpie.

The Sharpie makes the lines so much easier to see while you’re tracing! IMG_8644Trace your image onto the fabric. IMG_8646Hoop your fabric.

It’s okay if the image is a little off center.  You can always go back and fix that later! IMG_8652We’re going to start with the light pink thread and Back Stitch the handle and top of the umbrella. IMG_8655Use the medium pink to stitch the dome of the umbrella. IMG_8658Stitch the curved handle as well.

I don’t know why the handle is so fat on one side.  That’s the way the design shows it though, so I just went with it! IMG_8661Continue stitching the upper portion of the umbrella.

If you don’t want to add the floral embellishment, you can stop here. The umbrella is adorable with or without the flower! IMG_8665Use the green thread to stitch the stem.

I used the Back Stitch instead of the Stem Stitch for this part because I still haven’t mastered the Stem Stitch.  Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t! 🙁 IMG_8667Use the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

The Satin Stitch is another stitch that I need a little bit more practice with! Maybe I’ll start making some projects exclusively with the Satin Stitch!  That should definitely help me learn it! IMG_8669Depending on how large your petals are, you can use either Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch.

I went with the Back Stitch because my petals were a little larger. IMG_8716Once the flower is complete, our project is done!

That was so quick and easy!

I love the way this one turned out!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Sweet Cupcake

Hi guys!

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I have a cute embroidery project for you! IMG_8058Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used light pink gingham)
  • Needle
  • Pencil
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

The Motif Collection book is FANTASTIC, because it comes with a CD of all the embroidery designs.  It makes it so easy to download the images and print them in any size for your projects! IMG_8013We’re going to start our project by printing out the cupcake and tracing it onto our fabric.

I chose to place my cupcake at a bit of an angle!  It adds a little whimsy!! IMG_8015Now, we’re going to dive right in to the stitching!

This entire project is made with the Back Stitch. IMG_8018This project is super quick and easy to do if you’re in a hurry! IMG_8019I love the heart on our cupcake! It makes the cake so much cuter! IMG_8021The blue icing looks kind of like a fluffy cloud! IMG_8023Feel free to add some French Knot sprinkles or another fun accent! IMG_8025I was going to add sprinkles to my cupcake, but I forgot! I can always go back and add them though! IMG_8026Now comes the words!

I went through a phase where I downloaded a TON of fonts off the internet!

The font I used here is one of them.  This font is called “always forever.”  You can find it here, or you can use your own font!

I chose to place my words at an angle to add some (more) whimsy! IMG_8030Stitch the words!

It’s easier if you use small stitches.  You have more control, and it ends up looking neater and nicer. IMG_8050Once the words are complete, you’re all done!! IMG_8055Isn’t it so fun?!

I love it!

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Crafting!!! Bow signature pink