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

March Birth Flower: Daffodil Friday Freebie Pattern

This March I am kicking off a new regular feature on the Blog called ‘Freebie Friday’! Every second Friday of each month,I will be posting a free pattern for you to download and stitch. The theme for 2019 will be…

Birth Month Flowers!

So many people (including myself) love to stitch flowers so I was fascinated to find out that each month has a flower that symbolizes the month of somebody’s birth. Supposedly the characteristics that the flower has may be “inherited” by whomever is born in that certain month and these flowers are referred to as Birth Month Flowers.

So, with that I have decided to make a flower for each month of the year and make this a Freebie Friday pattern for you to enjoy as well.

The March Birth Flower is the Daffodil. This symbolizes Spring, rebirth, domestic happiness, respect and friendship!

I hope you enjoy the pattern…

Firstly, download the pattern from the link above and transfer your daffodil on to your fabric – I traced the template on to some Robert Kaufman Kona cotton using a frixion pen.

I made a few directional lines within the petals to help me when stitching and used long and short stitch (also known as needle painting) throughout the flower

Using DMC 3820 – 2 strands, each section of each petal is stitched individually so that you don’t lose the lines that add the detail. I found since I was using the same colour throughout, I needed to add the lines in as I went so that I didn’t lose sight of where they were!

For the outline details I used DMC 3852 (2 strands) and the lines were stitched with split stitch.

Make your way around the whole flower, filling in the petals with long and short stitch and then split stitching the lines to define the areas.

Once the whole flower is done you can split stitch the outer edge as well to finish.

Stem stitch the green with DMC 702 (2 strands).

Of course, Daffodils come in an array of different yellows or whites or a mix of both so experiment with different colours for different effects.

For those of you who would rather not do Needle Painting, or would like a quicker project perhaps for a Mothers Day card or gift – here’s an alternative version…


For this one I used a Bright yellow cotton I had in my stash ( I think it is Robert Kaufman Kona but can’t be sure, its definately very bright!)

Thread used is a Pearl cotton size 8 in a yellow and brown and a tiny bit of green. Starting with the yellow, I straight stitched small areas of each petal just to give some highlights. Then with the brown all the lines were back stitched. Finally the stem was back stitched as well.

This was really simple and quick but very pretty when finished, here’s a close up…

If you enjoy stitching up some daffs of your own, send some pictures to me as I would love to see your creations or you can tag me in on instagram with @stitchdoodlesdesign.

Next Months freebie friday will be either a Daisy or a Sweet Pea – I haven’t decided yet so if you have a preference let me know!

Doodle Cloth Tuesday – Van Dyke Stitch

This stitch can be varied in width and is great for borders or leaves. It has a centrally raised plait and for what I thought would be a tricky stitch was surprisingly simple!

If this is your first time with this stitch then start with a simple rectangle shape and draw a line down the middle.

Bring your thread out to the left of the central line on the top edge of the shape (1)

Go back in just above and to the right of the central line (2), pull the thread through.

Now bring the thread out just above and to the left of the central line (3)

Go back in on the top edge of the shape to the right (4). Pull the thread through.

For the next stitch, bring the thread out below the first stitch on the left edge – keep a space between the stitches as it gives a nicer overall effect.

Slip the thread through the loops of the stitches just made in the direction of the arrow.

then take the needle back down at 7.

Continue doing the stitches in the same way, taking the thread through the loops of the stitches just above the one you are stitching. You will start to form a plait down the centre.

Be careful as you go to keep the plait in the centre by not putting too much tension on the thread as you pull it across. You can see from the attempt above I didn’t pull it enough across in the centre and didn’t space evenly enough in some areas. Practice makes perfect!

To finish you bring the thread up to the left of the centre line and back down to the right of the centre line, then pull through and finish on the back to secure.

This was a fun stitch to do and once you get the hang of it you are able to make a much nicer plait in the centre (and keep it in the centre!)

I decided to try it in a leaf shape with a slightly thicker thread and the result was really nice and I was so pleased with the plait after my first attempt!

The Doodle Cloth so far has been a success and I have learnt 2 stitches which I probably wouldn’t have tried but will definately use in future work!

Create a Doodle Cloth and learn some Tricky Hand Embroidery Stitches.

I am a self taught embroiderer and am guilty of sticking to my tried and tested ‘go to’ stitches for a lot of the designs I create. I thought it would be a fun idea to create a Doodle Cloth of some of the more tricky or unusual stitches and bring you along for the ride – why not join in and challenge yourself as well!

What is a Doodle Cloth? Basically its a piece of cloth that you use to try out any of the embroidery stitches you are not confident with before stitching them on your precious project.

All you need is a piece of fabric, some thread, scissors and a needle.

I decided to make my piece about 10 x 10 inches – choose a fabric that is nice and easy to stitch on – a piece of calico would do. I chose a 25 ct lugana evenweave fabric that was in my stash and seemed like a nice option since I am hoping the end result will be a finished piece rather than a mish mash of mishaps! (We’ll see).

Which Hand Embroidery stitches shall we choose??

I have a few lovely books dedicated to embroidery stitches so you can sit back and let me choose some challenging ones for you to try! I have decided to pick out the stitches I have either never tried, never heard of (!) or have tried and had difficulty with.

Lets Start Doodling…

The first Stitch we are going to start off the Doodle Cloth with is called ‘Cup Stitch’. This is a decorative stitch which can be used to create small flowers.

I am a bit of a neat freak so even though this is a doodle cloth I am creating I practiced first on another piece of cotton!

As you can see by the 4th attempt I got it looking like the raised circle that it is meant to be so I decided I was practiced enough to make a better practice attempt on the actual doodle cloth! I realise this is a bit of a strange thing to do as the Doodle Cloth itself is meant to be the practice but in my defence I want the ‘actual’ doodle cloth to be a nice reference piece at the end. You could say I am making a doodle cloth from a doodle cloth!!!

Here’s how the stitch is broken down…

Stitch a Triangle – I made my stitches about 1/4 inch long but you could do a bigger stitch to create a bigger triangle for a bigger circle. Bring the thread out below one of the corners.

Take the needle from the inside, under the stitched thread.

Wrap the thread around the needle .

Pull the thread through guiding the thread down to form the knot on the triangle edge.

Continue Stitching the knots in the same way along each edge of the triangle, keep them nice and tight to one another. Work around the triangle.

You can go back and stitch another knot if the circle looks like it has a gap. The end result is a nice little circle of knots.

Tips I learned… A perle thread size 5 works better for this stitch and forms a nice circle as against a thinner thread. Don’t be disheartened by it looking a bit of a mess! Once you complete the circle and smooth out the circle its surprising how good it actually looks!

I hope you have enjoyed starting a Doodle Cloth for Tricky Hand Embroidery stitches!

Doodle Day will be back next Tuesday for another tricky stitch for you to add to your cloth.

Poinsettia Stitch Along – Final Day, Stem stitch, Split stitch

You made it !!!!!

Today is the day the last few stitches will be done and your gorgeous Poinsettia will be complete. All you need to do is outline Petal 5 (fishbone petal) and Petal 7 (Trellis Petal).

Stem Stitch around Petal 5…

finished poin copy

Split stitch around Petal 7…

trellis complete

Well done, Now your Poinsettia is complete – yay!!

finished poin

I really hope you have enjoyed stitching this beautiful flower and learning some stitches along the way send me your pictures – I’d love to see how you got on.