As promised, here is another embroidery project featuring the Stem/Outline Stitch!
- Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
- Embroidery floss
- 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
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching
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!