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 – Hot Air Balloon

Hi everyone!

I have a pretty, little embroidery tutorial to share with you today! IMG_3343Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Joann’s)
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_3342DMC Floss Color:

  • 4180 – variegated pink

IMG_3347I found this cute hot air balloon motif on Pinterest.  You can find it here!

After printing off the motif, trace it, and hoop your fabric. IMG_3348Start by Back Stitching the balloon.

This project is super easy and is made with only the Back Stitch and a few Straight Stitches. IMG_3350 IMG_3356 IMG_3387 IMG_3391Keep Back Stitching until the balloon is complete. IMG_3394Split your thread into two strands of three.  You’ll be using strands of three for the remainder of this project.

Use one of the strands of three to stitch this zig zaggy portion of the motif. IMG_3398Continue using one of your strands of three to Straight Stitch the ropes that tether the balloon to its basket. IMG_3402Back Stitch the little basket. IMG_3405Add a few straight stitches across to complete the basket and our hot air balloon! IMG_3448I love the way the pink and yellow look together!

So cute!

I’m going to go back in a few days and add some embellishments to the balloon!  There will be a separate tutorial for that! IMG_3437Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Rise and Shine

Hi everyone!

I have a fun and colorful embroidery project to share today! IMG_2872Supplies:

  • Bright, floral fabric
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Printed phrase

DMC Floss Color:

  • 4040

I chose this floss specifically for the fun color variations! Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 3.04.54 PMThis is the phrase motif we’ll be using.

I picked two complementary fonts off my computer and typed out my desired phrase.

You’re more than welcome to use my font choices, or you can choose some fonts of your own! IMG_2896We’re going to start by tracing the phrase onto our fabric.

Once the phrase is traced, hoop your fabric. IMG_2898Start Back Stitching around “Rise.”

If you like the Satin Stitch, do that! I think it would look very pretty here! IMG_2901 IMG_2903 Continue Back Stitching until “Rise” is complete. IMG_2967I contemplated using the Stem/Outline Stitch for the “and,” but in the end, I decided to stick with the Back Stitch. IMG_3032 Just like we did with “Rise,” begin Back Stitching the word “Shine.”IMG_3035 IMG_3038IMG_3041Once “Shine” is complete, our project is done! IMG_3050I absolutely love how cheerful and bright this turned out!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

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 – 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 – Kate Spade Quote

Hi everyone!

I love Kate Spade and hand embroidery, so I decided to combine the two in this next project! IMG_1341Supplies:

  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle
  • Sharpie

IMG_1343DMC Floss Colors:

  • 823 – Navy Blue
  • E3821 – Metallic Gold

IMG_1332Type up and print out the quote.

I used a font called “Things People Do For Love!” You can download it too or use another font you like! IMG_1337Trace the quote onto your fabric. IMG_1350We’re going to start with the navy thread and Back Stitch the words. IMG_1355IMG_1358IMG_1363The quote looks so cute!

If you’re satisfied, you can stop now. If you’d like to add a little more pizzazz and tie in the gold dots, keep reading! IMG_1367Separate the gold thread into individual strands.

Take one of the strands and whip it around the navy Back Stitch. The gold thread only pierces the fabric at the beginning and end of each letter.  You just weave it over and under each stitch. Does that make sense? IMG_1373IMG_1378IMG_1385Sooooooo cute! I can’t tell you how much I love this (and cake!) 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Cursive Initial

Hi everyone!

I made this little project for one of my grandlittles the other day and decided to share it with you! IMG_1176Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop (6 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used muslin)
  • Needle
  • Pencil

IMG_1179DMC Floss Colors

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 326 – magenta
  • 712 – cream (optional)

IMG_1187We’re going to start with the light green thread and feather stitch around the edge of the hoop. IMG_1189I’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? IMG_1195The feather stitch is a great way to create vines and ivy. IMG_1198After completing the wreath, place a dark blue, double wrapped French Knot on each “leaf” on the inside of the wreath. IMG_1202Keep 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. IMG_1204Use the magenta thread and place double wrapped French Knots on each outside “leaf.” IMG_1209Keep going around until the circle is complete. IMG_1212The finished floral wreath. IMG_1216Use your pencil to draw a cursive initial in the center.

I chose “J” because my grandlittle’s name is Jessica. IMG_1218Use the magenta thread and Stem/Outline Stitch the initial. IMG_1220If you’re not a fan of the Stem Stitch, the Back Stitch would also look pretty!IMG_1228Once the initial is stitched, the project is complete!

So simple but so pretty!

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Folk Art Birdie

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy embroidery tutorial for you!

IMG_0974Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0980DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – yellow
  • 907 – green
  • 970 – orange
  • 3846 – blue
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we’ll be using.

I opened this photo file in Photoshop and edited out the swirls.  I didn’t quite like them with the birdie.  I think they’d look much cuter on their own.

IMG_0983Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

Trace the motif onto your fabric.

IMG_0991We’re going to start with our orange thread, and Back Stitch the beak.

IMG_0993Back Stitch the wing in orange as well.

IMG_0997Use the blue thread to Back Stitch the eye.

IMG_1003Continue by stitching the tail feathers.

IMG_1006IMG_1008Once the tail feathers are done, we’re going to stitch the body.

IMG_1015Use the yellow thread for the birdie’s body.

IMG_1017Use the running stitch and the green thread to add some final touches.

IMG_1020Once the green stitching is done, our cute little birdie is complete!

IMG_1032I love the way this birdie turned out!

The colors are so bright and fun!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Pink Tulips

Hi everyone!

I have another project from my new Stitched Blooms embroidery book to share with you.

IMG_0787Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

IMG_0790DMC Floss Colors:

  • 702 – green
  • 893 – dark pink
  • 894 – light pink
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we’ll be using.

IMG_0792Print out the motif and trace with your Sharpie.

IMG_0799Trace the motif and hoop your fabric.

IMG_0801Use green thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the stem.

IMG_0803IMG_0806IMG_0811Continue on with the Stem Stitch until the stem is complete.

IMG_0814Keeping with the green thread, use the Back Stitch for the leaves.

IMG_0820IMG_0821Once the leaves are completed, we’ll start on the flowers.

IMG_0824Use the Back Stitch and the light pink thread for two of the flowers.

I chose two that are diagonal from each other, because I didn’t want two of the same color to be “touching.”

IMG_0829Stitch the two remaining flowers with the dark pink thread.

IMG_0958Our flowers are complete!

So bright and perfect for summer!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Blueberry Bush

Hi everyone!

I got some new embroidery books the other day.  Here’s my first project from one of my new books!

IMG_0717Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldsen-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Needle

IMG_0720DMC Floss Colors:

  • 699 – green
  • 796 – dark blue
  • 799 – light blue

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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the blueberry motif we will be using.

IMG_0724Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

IMG_0730Trace the image onto your fabric and hoop your fabric.

IMG_0731We’re going to start with the green thread.

IMG_0738Use the Back Stitch for each portion of the stem.

IMG_0743IMG_0746IMG_0752The motif shows two lines of stitches for the base stem.  You can do two like the motif (and I) did or you can choose to do only one.

IMG_0755If you want to be daring, you can even fill in between the two portions of the base stem.

IMG_0760Now, we’re going to move onto the Lazy Daisies.

IMG_0764I have never stitched this many Lazy Daisies before.  It was actually pretty fun!

IMG_0767IMG_0770IMG_0772Once the Lazy Daisies are done, we’ll move on to the blueberries.

IMG_0777Start with the dark blue thread and Back Stitch two of the berries at the top.

IMG_0778Stitch two more berries with the dark blue thread.

IMG_0784Finish off the blueberry bush with some light blue berries.

IMG_0950Our blueberry bush is complete!

Don’t you love it?!  I sure do!!

Are you following us on Instagram yet (pinkbowstwinkletoes)?!  You should be!!

Happy Crafting!!
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