I have another embroidery project to show you! Supplies:
Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray
Fabric (I used muslin)
DMC Floss Colors:
838 – Dark brown
840 – Brown
842 – Light Brown (optional)
Here’s a picture of the design I’m working off of. We’re going to start by hooping our fabric. The 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. Use 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! Now 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! I 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. Now, 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! Little Chester is coming right along! Now it’s time to add his arms! You 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! It’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. Chester 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. Tail Time! Continuing with the brown thread, Back Stitch the upper part of Chester’s tail. Use 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! The 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. Once you’ve finished stitching the domed “hat” portion of the acorn, add one Straight Stitch crossing over the upper half to make the stem. 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!
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!)
Fabric (I used muslin from the clearance section)
DMC floss colors:
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!
We’re going to start the project by hooping our fabric.
With the blue thread, Back Stitch a wing shape.
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.
With our light blue thread, we’re going to begin stitching the head and the ears.
Continue stitching around the wing to form the remainder of the body.
When you get close to the “tail” of the bird, make sure the owl body lines up on the top and the bottom of the wing.
Now we’re going to make little circles for the eyes.
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!
My second circle turned out WAY better than my first.
That just goes to show that practice makes perfect!
Use the yellow thread to create three, little feathers with the Lazy Daisy stitch.
Add more detail to the wing with three Straight Stitches below the Lazy Daisy feathers.
Continue using the yellow thread to create little V’s along the chest of our bird.
The V’s are made with the Back Stitch. Almost every stitch in this tutorial is the Back Stitch.
Continue to add the V’s.
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.
Now, we’re going to start adding teardrop, feather shapes all around our owl.
Each teardrop is made with the Back Stitch.
Be sure to mix up your thread colors and the placement of the teardrops!
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!
Experiment with the size and shape of your teardrops!
I tried to distribute my thread colors evenly across the piece.
Now that I’m done with the teardrops, I’m going to start adding other accents!
I decided to add some circles and French Knots!
All of my French Knots are double wrapped.
More French Knots!
Now we’re going to go back to our owl!
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.
Use your pencil to draw out your words.
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!
Here’s a close-up of my first two words.
Once you finish stitching the words, our project is complete!!
I’m really pleased with how this little guy turned out!