Doodle Cloth Tuesday – Sorbello Stitch

Well hello again, if you are new to the Doodle Cloth series then take a look at the first post which tells you how to get started… Creating a doodle cloth.

This week, Lets try the Sorbello stitch…

This stitch gets its name from a town in Italy called Sorbello, from which it originated.

It can be used in lines or curves and to fill shapes very much like the cross stitch.

Here’s how the stitch is composed…

Bring your thread up at 1 and down at 2 to create a straight stitch. Then come up at 3 (a stitch length down from 1).

Bring your needle up & around and take if down under the straight stitch (4) and over the thread that came out at 3 (5) – pull this through to form a loop around the straight stitch…

Do the same again to form a second loop (or knot)…

Then finish off by taking the thread to the back (a stitch length down from 2).

This forms a cross shaped stitch with a knot in the central area. You can play around with this and pull the loops tighter to form a more cross shape, or looser for a knot centre to be more apparent. Here’s a few on my doodle cloth…

This really is a more fancy version of the simple cross stitch and would look lovely done neatly (!) in rows, circles or to fill geometric shapes.

Next week I am going to pick something tricky tricky tricky to challenge us all!!!

Related posts… cup stitch and Van Dyke stitch

Embroidered Garden Club Design sneak peak

The latest design I am busy creating is inspired by my fascination with samplers. Traditionally, samplers were a collection of various stitches and patterns that served as a source of reference for future work.

It was more the busy and varied feel that I wanted to go for in a modern take on the idea with lots of colour.

Here’s a sneak peak of progress so far…

The Garden Club design has lots of lovely flowers and greenery with some plant pots, snails, spades and a watering can thrown in for fun.

This will be a fresh and fun design incorporating lots of simple and creative stitching for you to have lots of fun creating and putting your own spin on.

I’ll keep stitching and let you know when it’s ready!

Create your own beautiful and unique Embroidered Pendants with these kits…

I love embroidered necklaces and brooches and have wanted to make a pattern for some time that incorporated them.

I recently managed to find some gorgeous pendants in the US that I fell in love with straight away – after a bit of a wait they finally arrived and I was so excited at how gorgeous they are!

I haven’t found anything for embroidered jewellery in the UK that comes close to the quality and simplicity of these pendants they are so beautiful.

So that you can make your own Embroidered Pendant – there are now 4 different styles of these fabulous kits in my shop…

All you need to do is stitch your design, wrap it around the included crest tag and then glue in to the pendant – how great is that?!

If you are really tempted but just don’t know what to stitch in them, I have created 11 designs to get you started – the PDF for these is in the shop now. Here’s a peak of a few you can choose from…

They look fabulous in the pendants…

If you are in the US, you probably won’t appreciate how exciting it is to have these available! We don’t have as much choice in lovely stitchy goodies like you lucky peeps! UK stitchers – grab these while you can as I am not sure if/when I will be stocking them again!

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Sashiko – I did it my way!

I have long admired Sashiko – I love the simplicity of the stitches to create what look like really complex designs and the indigo blue fabric is amazing against the white thread.

A recent Birthday saw this lovely book come my way so I had every excuse to give it a go!

Sashiko Sourcebook Review

This book is beautiful with a fascinating insight in to the history of this technique and the people who used it. The photos and projects are gorgoeus and make you want to delve right in.

I gathered some of the more basic tools and decided to give one of the patterns a go. I did treat myself to some Hiroshima Sashiko Needles to compare the difference against the clover ones and I’m glad I did. The Clover were too thick and clumsy so the Hiroshima were what I used to stitch my design.


Sashiko thread is a special thread from Japan – this one is from Olympus and had a similar weight to #8 perle cotton. The 100% cotton is lovely and soft in texture and nothing like any of the other threads I use often.


Sashiko needles are really long in order for a few stitches to be taken through the fabric at once. The eyes are larger to accommodate the type of Sashiko thread you choose.

Sahiko Patterns each have a name and are symbolic. Running Stitch forms the design which are geometric repeats.

The choices in the book were endless (!) and a little overwhelming. Given the fact I was going to have to draw the design I decided to start with a fairly simple one and chose a traditional hemp leaf pattern.


The book is dedicated to the proper techniques used from transferring the pattern to the actual stitching. Since I was interested in doing this purely for enjoyment and not to be a slave to the technique, it was at this point I went off track!

I decided that drawing a grid pattern directly on to the dark fabric was way beyond my patience level so decided to draw it on to some Sticky Fabri Solvy instead! The book does break down the pattern really well so you can see how to draw it simply so this was now a nice simple task that didn’t take too long!


The stitching was really relaxing and easy to do as you are effectively following the lines with running stitch. Again, I didn’t follow the ‘rules’ with this..

You are supposed to take several stitches through at once to give a nice straight stitch line (hence the long needle) however I just couldn’t get comfy with this and did a stitch at a time (!) – a bit wonky is ok with me!

Also, traditionally a hoop is not used and for some reason this just hindered me to distraction so I hooped up and happily carried on stitching.

As you can see from the close up above, my stitches were not perfect and my centre star points were not as neat as they could be but all in all I was really happy with the result…


Sashiko has so many gorgeous designs to ponder over and I am definately going to have a go at a few more designs in the book as it was really enjoyable. If you are a stickler for doing things the right way then Sashiko is quite complex in my opinion due to the grid patterns and drawing them directly on to the fabric.

If you are happy to go rogue and put your own spin on it to make things easier for yourself then its a lot easier. You can also buy transfers and stencils for marking the fabric if you want to by pass that step as well!

If there’s a will there’s a way!