DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Personalized Floral Wreath

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, personalized project to share with you today!

IMG_3775Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_3778DMC Floss Colors:

  • 4230 – variegated blue
  • E415 – metallic silver

We’re going to start the project by printing off the letter of your choice is a festive font!  I chose “N” for Natalie, typed it up, and printed it out.

I used the Onyx typeface, which I believe came standard on my computer.

Once you print out your letter, trace it onto your fabric.

IMG_3781We’re going to start by using the satin stitch for the serifed areas.

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I never do the satin stitch.  Because I never use the satin stitch, I’m not very good at it!  So this project is practice for me!

IMG_3784Use a larger than normal back stitch for the straight lines.

IMG_3786Do the same for the other side of the letter.

IMG_3792Now comes the fun part!

We’re going to satin stitch the entire center portion of the letter.

IMG_3803This is where you really get the see the variations in the thread!

IMG_3806Keep going until you reach the bottom!

I’m actually rather pleased with how my satin stitch looks!  I know its just straight lines, but I’m still impressed with myself! 🙂

IMG_3808To make the edges look cleaner, we’re going to add a few of the large back stitches around the edge of the satin stitch.

IMG_3812Add it to the other side as well.  I also added a stitch across the bottom just to clean it up a bit.

IMG_3867Now we’re going to use our silver thread to stitch a wreath around the outside of the letter.

Use the feather stitch for this portion and alternate the side that the “feather” falls on.

IMG_3870I didn’t realize until after I’d stitched around the entire hoop that I had the wrong number of feathers.  The first and last one ended up being on the same side! Oh no!!

IMG_3875To fix that problem, I went back with the straight stitch and added a second feather.

IMG_3876Much better!

IMG_3881Now we can add some French knot flowers.

I triple wrapped all of these French knots.

IMG_3889So pretty!  I love the color variations!

IMG_3894Once the knots are complete, our project is done!

IMG_3907I had a few setbacks with this project, but I love the way it turned out!  The silver thread really brings out the little silver spots in my fabric!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Smile

Hi everyone!

I have another little phrase embroidery project to share! IMG_2107Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Jo Ann’s)
  • Printed phrase
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_2110DMC Floss Color:

  • 917 – magenta

Start by printing out your desired phrase.

I chose the word “smile” and used a script font I had on my computer.

Use your pencil to trace the word onto your fabric. IMG_2197Start Back Stitching the word.

As you can see, I left some space where the lines intersect and where the letters meet.

Later on, we’re going to be adding another row (or two) of the Back Stitch, so we’re going to need that extra space to work with. IMG_2202 IMG_2207 IMG_2210Once our first row of the Back Stitch is complete, we’re going to move on to the second row. IMG_2212As you can see, I stitched right next to my original Back Stitch.

I still left some space between the “L” and the “E” because we will be adding a third row of the Back Stitch there at the end. IMG_2215 IMG_2220 Once the second row of the Back Stitch is complete, we’re going to add a third row to the left side of each letter. Font comparisonWe’re trying to make our stitching look as close to the original font as possible. IMG_2234Once the Back Stitching is complete, we’re going to dot our “I” with the Satin Stitch.

Start by outlining the dot. IMG_2238Once the dot is outlined, we’re going to Satin Stitch over it.

Once the “I” is dotted, our project is complete! IMG_2246I love how this turned out!

The colors are so happy! They definitely make me want to smile! 🙂

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Ice Cream Cone

Hi everyone!

I have a sweet, summery project to share with you!

IMG_0224Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0225DMC Floss Colors:

  • 210 – purple
  • 744 – yellow
  • 893 – pink
  • 964 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_0236Print out the motif, and trace it with your Sharpie.

In the beginning, I wasn’t going to stitch the cherry.  Later on, I decided I wanted it, so I added it in.  It’s up to you!

IMG_0239Using your pencil, trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_0241We’re going to start with our yellow thread and Back Stitch the cone.

IMG_0246Since our design is so small, I decided to use smaller stitches.

IMG_0249If I ever stitch this design again, I’m going to make the stitches intersect instead of overlap on the body of the cone.  I’m not a fan of how jumbled this looks.IMG_0250Now, we stitch the ice cream!

IMG_0253You can switch the ice cream colors if you’d like!

Two of the same colored scoops would look adorable, or you could add an extra scoop or two!

IMG_0256We’re going to Satin Stitch the cherry, but first, we need to Back Stitch the outline.

IMG_0260Now, Satin Stitch over your outline.

My cherry ended up more of an oval than a circle.  Whoopsie!

IMG_0262Add a little, curved stem to the cherry.

IMG_0269Our ice cream cone is complete!

Isn’t it adorable?!

A perfect summer craft!

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 Motif – Betsy the Butterfly

Hi everyone!

I have a fun, springy embroidery project for you! IMG_9400Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_9399DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – dark yellow
  • 744 – light yellow
  • 958 – dark aqua
  • 964 – light aqua
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the butterfly motif we will be using. IMG_9408We’re going to start by printing out the motif and tracing it with a Sharpie. IMG_9409Use your pencil to trace Betsy onto your fabric.

IMG_9416 Begin with the light yellow thread.

This project is made (almost) entirely with the Split Stitch.

This was my first time using the Split Stitch, and I’m not so sure about it. IMG_9418Continue with the light yellow and finish stitching the antennae. IMG_9424Continue with the light yellow thread.

Part of why I don’t like this stitch is that it’s not clean.  The threads were going everywhere and I wasn’t pleased. IMG_9428Use the light aqua thread to stitch Betsy’s head and body. IMG_9435Continue with the light aqua thread. IMG_9438Now, were going to move on to the dark aqua thread. IMG_9440Do you see what I mean about the stitch not being clean? The loose threads drive me crazy! IMG_9442I apologize for the blurry picture.  My camera wouldn’t focus.

We’re going to Satin Stitch the dots on each wing.  Before we do that though, we’re going to outline the dot first. IMG_9446Now, Satin Stitch over the outline. IMG_9448Do the same for the other dot. IMG_9450Now, use the dark yellow for the larger wing section. IMG_9454Continue on with the dark yellow thread and finish up the wings. IMG_9461Betsy the Butterfly is complete!

I love this motif but not the Split Stitch!  I won’t be using it again for quite some time!

What do you think about the Split Stitch?

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Fairy Cottage

Hi everyone!

As promised, here is another embroidery project featuring the Stem/Outline Stitch!

IMG_9253Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop (7 inch)
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Needle

IMG_9256DMC Floss Colors:

  • 704 – green
  • 747 – light blue
  • 996 – blue
  • 3705 – dark coraly pink
  • 3706 – medium coraly pink
  • 3770 – very light peach
IMG_9250
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!)

IMG_9262Start by printing out the design and tracing over it with a Sharpie.  I like to use the Ultra Fine Point.

IMG_9263Use 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!)

IMG_9268Start with the blue floss and Back Stitch the walls of the cottage.

IMG_9270Here comes the Stem/Outline Stitch!

My thread pulled a little on the right swirly.  I had to go back and tuck it back in.

IMG_9273I chose to stitch the stems over the blue, because in reality, the flowers would be on the outside of the house.

IMG_9276Continue on across the side of the house.

IMG_9280Use the darker, coral thread to Back Stitch the heart.

IMG_9281Now, comes the hardest part!

Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for the scalloped rooftop.

IMG_9290This rooftop took the longest amount of time!

IMG_9297I 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.

IMG_9298After 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.

IMG_9303Use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the window.

IMG_9308Continuing with the Back Stitch, use the light peach thread for the door.

IMG_9310We’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.

IMG_9313Now, Satin Stitch over the doorknob outline.

IMG_9315Moving onto the window frame.

Continue with the Back Stitch.

IMG_9318I tried my best to center the vertical stitches as much as possible.

IMG_9321Now, finish up the outer window frame.

IMG_9323Using the medium coral, Back Stitch every other “flower.”

IMG_9330I 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.

IMG_9335Now, we’re going back to the rooftop!IMG_9337The 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?!

IMG_9340Back 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.

IMG_9345Once the flowers are complete, you are done!

IMG_9349So 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!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Maribel the Mermaid

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8955  Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8957DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – yellow
  • 995 – dark blue
  • 996 – medium blue
  • 3706 – coral
  • 3770 – very light peach

Not pictured:

  • 747 – light blue
  • 840 – light brown
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the mermaid design we’ll be using for our project.

IMG_8962As usual, we will print out and trace our motif with a Sharpie.

I chose to leave out the blushing cheeks.  If you want to add them, feel free to do so!

IMG_8960Trace Maribel onto your fabric.  Then, hoop your fabric.

IMG_8965Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for her hair.

IMG_8968I’ve been talking out practicing the Stem Stitch for a while now.  I am finally getting around to it!

IMG_8971Use the Back Stitch for Maribel’s body.

You can use whatever color thread you’d like for your mermaid’s hair and skin.  I chose blonde hair and fair skin for Maribel, because that’s what the book shows and it’s what I have.

IMG_8974Continue using the Back Stitch but switch to the dark blue thread for the outline of her tail.

IMG_8978Continue with the Back Stitch but switch to the medium blue for her tail scales.

Use the coral thread and the Satin Stitch for Maribel’s mouth.

IMG_8986I spent at least 10 minutes deciding on Maribel’s eye color.  I wasn’t satisfied with any of my options!

I finally settled on the light brown.

Use the Back Stitch for this portion as well.

IMG_8991Finally, use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the bubbles.

IMG_9004Now our mermaid is complete!

Isn’t she pretty?!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Rain Boots

Hi everyone!

Here is the tutorial for the other project I made while stranded in the airport!

If you missed my first project, you can find it here!

IMG_8675Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (I used gingham)

IMG_8677DMC Floss Colors:

  • 602 – pink
  • 703 – green
  • 722 – orange
  • 798 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the design we’ll be using from the Doodle Stitching book.

IMG_8671I like to start by printing my design and then tracing over it with a Sharpie.  My tracing got a little wonky on the right boot! 🙂

The Sharpie makes it so much easier to see the design while tracing it onto your fabric.

IMG_8672Trace the image onto your fabric and then hoop your fabric.

IMG_8679We’re going to start by stitching the upper portion of the boots in pink.

The body of the boots are made with the Back Stitch and the little loops at the top are made with Lazy Daisies.

IMG_8681Use your orange thread to stitch the soles.

IMG_8684I had some issues with my second sole.  My pencil line wasn’t quite dark enough and the airport had weird lighting, so I ended up having to guess where the stitches were supposed to be!

IMG_8687If you’re comfortable with it, feel free to use the Stem Stitch for this part!

IMG_8689I know it’s hard to see, but I used the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

You can either use Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch for the petals.  Whatever floats your boat!

IMG_8693I was on the airplane at this point, so my lighting got even weirder! Oh well!

I was able to finish my project without too many issues!

IMG_8713Our rain boots are complete, and we’re all ready for some spring showers!

Happy Crafting!!
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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Floral Umbrella

Hi everyone!

I just got back to school from my spring break vacation.  While away, I made a few really cute projects!

This little project and another one I’ll post later in the week, were made while my little, Jessica, and I were delayed in the airport for four hours! Four hours!!! IMG_8649Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (Get a copy here!)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Fabric (I used blue gingham)
  • Scissors

IMG_8650DMC Floss Colors:

  • 151 – light pink
  • 603 – medium pink
  • 703 – green
  • 727 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the umbrella pattern we will be following!

It’s so cute and perfect for spring! IMG_8640I like to start by printing out the design and tracing over it with a Sharpie.

The Sharpie makes the lines so much easier to see while you’re tracing! IMG_8644Trace your image onto the fabric. IMG_8646Hoop your fabric.

It’s okay if the image is a little off center.  You can always go back and fix that later! IMG_8652We’re going to start with the light pink thread and Back Stitch the handle and top of the umbrella. IMG_8655Use the medium pink to stitch the dome of the umbrella. IMG_8658Stitch the curved handle as well.

I don’t know why the handle is so fat on one side.  That’s the way the design shows it though, so I just went with it! IMG_8661Continue stitching the upper portion of the umbrella.

If you don’t want to add the floral embellishment, you can stop here. The umbrella is adorable with or without the flower! IMG_8665Use the green thread to stitch the stem.

I used the Back Stitch instead of the Stem Stitch for this part because I still haven’t mastered the Stem Stitch.  Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t! 🙁 IMG_8667Use the Satin Stitch for the center of the flower.

The Satin Stitch is another stitch that I need a little bit more practice with! Maybe I’ll start making some projects exclusively with the Satin Stitch!  That should definitely help me learn it! IMG_8669Depending on how large your petals are, you can use either Lazy Daisies or the Back Stitch.

I went with the Back Stitch because my petals were a little larger. IMG_8716Once the flower is complete, our project is done!

That was so quick and easy!

I love the way this one turned out!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink