Take a Walk with me…

We are experiencing a bit of summer finally and my morning walks have taken on a total transformation with lots of colour and life. This morning was perfect for color ideas and design inspiration for your next project.

wild rabbits
Wild rabbits enjoying the morning dew
Thistle
Thistles - these would be gorgeous embroidered!
wildflowers
To me these could be lazy daisy stitches with french knot centres...
pink flower
Look at that colour - never be afraid to go bright!
leaves
The difference in the greens you see is amazing and these are the perfect leaf to be stitched in fly stitch...
crow
My beautiful Nancy enjoying the morning exercise.

Most of my designs are nature inspired and you can probably tell why now from the lovely countryside I get to explore. Most of the things I see I start dreaming up ways to convert them in to embroidery stitches and thread!

Hope you enjoyed the walk! and are inspired to take some pictures yourself and make them in to something stitchy!

Friday Freebie Pattern for June – Hand Embroidered Honeysuckle…

Welcome to June’s Friday Freebie Pattern. Following on with the chosen theme of Birth Flowers, the pattern for June is the Honeysuckle flower.

Honeysuckle pattern by Stitchdoodles

Honeysuckle flowers symbolise Happiness, Sweetness and Devotion (apparently!) so a perfect choice for this time of year!

Honeysuckle Pattern Template Download

Honeysuckle embroidery Flower

Once you have the template downloaded (from the link above) – transfer the pattern on to your fabric ready to stitch.

I used Robert Kauffman Essex Linen in Linen color.

Next you need to decide what colour you would like your flower to be. I had a gorgeous thread from Cottage Garden Threads which I purchased recently and this was the perfect excuse to try it out.

The thread was a stranded variegated cotton in a color called ‘Apricot Ice’. It stitched up beautifully as it was really soft and the colour variations were nice and even throughout. I used 2 strands for the petals. If you have DMC stranded cotton then 2 strands would stitch up the same as this thread.

The petals are all stitched in Long and Short stitch (also called needlepainting). Start from the bottom of each petal and work upwards filling in the shape as you go.

Once all the petals are stitched, using a light green, brick stitch vertically up the stem to fill.

The leaf is stitched in a dark green with Fishbone stitch. It would look equally nice in fly stitch or another of your choice.

This honeysuckle flower is a really simple and quick stitch for this months flower and would lend itself to so many colours – enjoy!

Sneak Peak of Patterns coming soon…

I have been busy stitching up lots of lovely new designs so here’s a sneak peak of what you can look forward to in the next month.

A walk in the Woods… This design has plenty of wildlife as well and flora and fauna. Lots of colour with gorgeous stitches – not long now…

wildlife pattern by stitchdoodles
A Walk in the Woods

The June Friday Freebie is nearly here as well. This month will be a Honeysuckle flower for you to stitch – the tutorial will be on the blog Friday 14th.

I have also been thinking about my next design, more details to follow – this ones a bit different…

All of these should be available soon so keep checking back or follow me on Instagram for all the latest news. Happy Stitching.

Yarn wrap an Embroidery Hoop for that wow factor!

I am forever looking for new ways to display my finished embroidery as it can be so boring to just use the wooden hoop to frame the design after you have spent all that time stitching.

I have been wrapping some of my hoops in a gorgeous variagated Malabrigo Yarn and have been asked many times how I get them to look so nice! Here’s a short video of the whole process so you can see for yourself…

The secret to getting it tightly wrapped is in the double sided adhesive tape I put on the inner edge of the ring to hold the yarn as I wrap. I use Stix2 Ultra Clear Tape.

Making sure you finish the yarn off on the underside of the hoop VERY securely is also crucial to a nice finish. Very often I use a hot glue gun for this but not everyone has one so you can use the double sided tape for this as well providing you are using a strong one like the Stixx 2.

Here’s a comparison of a design in a Flexi Hoop compared to the Yarn wrapped hoop. They are both really nice but I do think the Green Yarn compliments the design much more and makes the design really pop!

Why not give it a go and let me know how you get on!