DIY Hand Embroidery – Cursive Name

Hi everyone!

I love writing my name, so I decided to embroider my name on some pretty fabric!

IMG_1601Supplies:

  • Fabric (I got mine at Jo Ann’s.  Isn’t it beautiful?!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle

IMG_1605DMC Floss Color:

  • 451 – grayish brown (I promise it matches in real life!)

IMG_1598Start by writing your name (or the name of your friend 🙂 ) on the fabric.

IMG_1606Just Back Stitch over the pencil lines.

This project is super easy but also very pretty!

IMG_1614Finish off the Back Stitch and dot your I’s (or J’s) with a French Knot.

I love how this project is super quick but turns out so pretty and thoughtful (such a good gift idea!)

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 – Owl Always Love You

Hi everyone!

I’ve been practicing my hand embroidery, and I have a fun project to show you!

IMG_7561Supplies:

  • 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

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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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