I made this little project for one of my grandlittles the other day and decided to share it with you! Supplies:
Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
Fabric (I used muslin)
DMC Floss Colors
158 – dark blue
164 – light green
326 – magenta
712 – cream (optional)
We’re going to start with the light green thread and feather stitch around the edge of the hoop. I’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? The feather stitch is a great way to create vines and ivy. After completing the wreath, place a dark blue, double wrapped French Knot on each “leaf” on the inside of the wreath. Keep 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. Use the magenta thread and place double wrapped French Knots on each outside “leaf.” Keep going around until the circle is complete. The finished floral wreath. Use your pencil to draw a cursive initial in the center.
I chose “J” because my grandlittle’s name is Jessica. Use the magenta thread and Stem/Outline Stitch the initial. If you’re not a fan of the Stem Stitch, the Back Stitch would also look pretty!Once the initial is stitched, the project is complete!
So simple but so pretty!
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As promised, here is another embroidery project featuring the Stem/Outline Stitch!
Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
Embroidery hoop (7 inch)
DMC Floss Colors:
704 – green
747 – light blue
996 – blue
3705 – dark coraly pink
3706 – medium coraly pink
3770 – very light peach
This is the cottage motif we will be using!
Feel free to switch up your thread colors! I did (a little bit!)
Start by printing out the design and tracing over it with a Sharpie. I like to use the Ultra Fine Point.
Use a pencil to trace the design onto your fabric.
I went with a white fabric with a (kind of) subtle abstract, floral pattern on it. Throughout the project, I had a love/hate relationship with my fabric. This fabric has a thicker weave than I’m used to and can be a little distracting. I got over it though and am satisfied with the final product! (Which you will see in a few minutes!)
Start with the blue floss and Back Stitch the walls of the cottage.
Here comes the Stem/Outline Stitch!
My thread pulled a little on the right swirly. I had to go back and tuck it back in.
I chose to stitch the stems over the blue, because in reality, the flowers would be on the outside of the house.
Continue on across the side of the house.
Use the darker, coral thread to Back Stitch the heart.
Now, comes the hardest part!
Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for the scalloped rooftop.
This rooftop took the longest amount of time!
I can’t tell you how many times I stabbed my left thumb with my needle while stitching this! 🙁
Because my fabric was so thick, I had to push with my right hand (which ended up bruising) and pull with my left.
After one too many stabs to the thumb, I took a break from the rooftop and stitched the curtains.
I used the medium coral for this part.
Use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the window.
Continuing with the Back Stitch, use the light peach thread for the door.
We’re going to Satin Stitch the doorknob, but before doing that, we’re going to Back Stitch the outline.
My Granny told my Mom (who told me) that this is the easiest way to do the Satin Stitch.
Now, Satin Stitch over the doorknob outline.
Moving onto the window frame.
Continue with the Back Stitch.
I tried my best to center the vertical stitches as much as possible.
Now, finish up the outer window frame.
Using the medium coral, Back Stitch every other “flower.”
I apologize for randomly skipping around. I don’t know what I was doing!
Again with the light peach and the Back Stitch, create the chimney.
Now, we’re going back to the rooftop!The hardest part of stitching the rooftop was lining up the first and last stitch to make it look seamless. I stitched it five times before I was satisfied! Can you tell?!
Back to the flowers!
Finish up the medium coral flower on the right of the door, and then stitch the remaining three with the darker coral thread.
Once the flowers are complete, you are done!
So cute! I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out!
There are quite a few fairy motifs in the Doodle Stitching book. I’ll probably do another one soon!