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Festive Forest Week 1: Cosy Cabin

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Welcome to the ‘Festive Forest’ Stitch A Long

This Stitch A Long will take place for 12 weeks on the Stitchdoodles blog – Starting Wednesday 21st September 2022.

Each Wednesday during the SAL – a new tutorial will be published on the blog with all the information you need to complete a part of the Festive Pattern.

If you are not familiar with a Stitchdoodles SAL and this is all new to you and you would like to join in, please go to this page to get all the information.

Do you need help with any of the stitches?

A Stitch A Long doesn’t provide you with the step by step instructions for the stitches themselves – it is a tutorial on how to stitch the pattern design – colours, techniques and stitches used etc. I will link to a ‘How to’ for certain stitches where I can, if you need further guidance, please take a look here …

Are you ready to stitch your way through this pattern?

For week 1 we are starting with the cosy little cabin…

You will need quite a few colours for this first part so I will list them as we go through to make it a bit simpler and less intimidating!

Use 2 strands throughout unless stated otherwise.

Start by stitching the main front of the cabin.

#371: Chain stitch vertically up the wall around all the little bits and pieces you encounter along the way.

Make your chain stitch continuous and small so they are not too gappy.

I chose this stitch as it fills in larger spaces quite quickly but feel free to swap to a different filler if you prefer.

For this next part all the stitching is done in colour #221…

  • Stem stitch each side of the roof to fill.
  • Split stitch around the windows and door frame.
  • Long stitch the window panes on larger window.
  • Split stitch the lines of the Poinsettia (Inner & outer).

Now to add all those little details to make it look nice and cosy (as well as colourful!)…

Poinsettia:

  • #321: Satin stitch to fill each of the petals keeping the edging lines and central petal line visible.
  • #ECRU (1 strand): straight stitch the lines on the bottom edge of the petals.
  • #3820: French Knots to centre.

Doors & Windows: Of course all of these details are very personal so feel free to decorate it however you like. You could add extra decorations, beads, wreaths, baubles, bows – whatever takes your fancy!

  • #3820: Satin stitch the back area on the log store.
  • #3820: Stem stitch the door vertically to fill.
  • #906: Straight stitch the window panes and outer window edges on the door, straight stitch a small handle.
  • #3345 (1 strand): straight stitch the little fern detail on the larger window ledge.
  • #829: Split stitch the outer edge and feet of log store then stitch a few French Knots inside for the logs.
  • Smaller Window, #798: Long stitch vertically and add a french knot on the end to the decorations.
  • Larger Window, #798: Split stitch the hanging loop across and #3820: add frenchn knots for lights.

Now all the decorations are complete, all you need to do is stitch the scalloped edgeing around the roof.
#834: Split stitch the outer curves then fill with #906: Satin stitch.

Your wonderful Cabin is complete…

I really hope you have enjoyed the first week of festive stitching!

Make sure you show off your completed Cabin in the Happy Stitching FB Group or on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.

If you need help along the way just ask in the FB group as there are lots of lovely people stitching along with you who can offer lots of advice and support if needed.

Week 2 is on the blog Wednesday 28th September… See you then!

Happy Stitching!

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