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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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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DIY Hand Embroidery – Owl Always Love You

Hi everyone!

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!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used muslin from the clearance section)
  • Pencil

IMG_7565DMC 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!

IMG_7453We’re going to start the project by hooping our fabric.

IMG_7458With 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.

IMG_7462With our light blue thread, we’re going to begin stitching the head and the ears.

IMG_7467Continue stitching around the wing to form the remainder of the body.

IMG_7470When 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.

IMG_7475Now 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!

IMG_7479My second circle turned out WAY better than my first.

That just goes to show that practice makes perfect!

IMG_7492Use the yellow thread to create three, little feathers with the Lazy Daisy stitch.

IMG_7496Add more detail to the wing with three Straight Stitches below the Lazy Daisy feathers.

IMG_7502Continue 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.

IMG_7504Continue 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.

IMG_7505Now, we’re going to start adding teardrop, feather shapes all around our owl.

IMG_7508Each teardrop is made with the Back Stitch.

IMG_7515Be sure to mix up your thread colors and the placement of the teardrops!

IMG_7518If 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!

IMG_7519Experiment with the size and shape of your teardrops!

IMG_7522I tried to distribute my thread colors evenly across the piece.

IMG_7526Now that I’m done with the teardrops, I’m going to start adding other accents!

IMG_7528I decided to add some circles and French Knots!

All of my French Knots are double wrapped.

IMG_7533More French Knots!

IMG_7539Now 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.

IMG_7541Use 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!

IMG_7548Here’s a close-up of my first two words.

IMG_7555Once you finish stitching the words, our project is complete!!

IMG_7849I’m really pleased with how this little guy turned out!

He’s super cute and perfect for a gift! 🙂

Happy Crafting!!!!

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