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Winter Splendour – Week 1: Cosy Cabin


Welcome to the ‘Winter Splendour’ Stitch A Long

This Stitch A Long will take place for 10 weeks on the Stitchdoodles blog – Starting Wednesday 12th January 2022 and finishing on Wednesday 16th March 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 Winter Splendour 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.

Now it’s the exciting part – time to get Stitching…

For the first week I thought it would be fun to start with the…

Cosy cabin

You will need the following colours…

#3021, #3866, #742, #312, #986, #550, #3756, #3752

Use 2 strands throughout unless stated otherwise.

This little cabin is so easy to stitch and will set you off on a really good start as you can’t help but smile once you see it completed and sitting there proudly on your fabric.

Start by stitching the front of the cabin…

#3021: split stitch the front – I like to start by outlining the exposed edges first in back stitch so you have a nice line to work with. The split stitch is done vertically from the bottom up or the top down – doesn’t really make a difference which way you stitch – so long as they are stitched in vertical lines.

Using Split stitch as a filler – keep your stitches nice and small and when you start the next line – make sure it is nice and close with the previous one so you don’t get a gappy finish.

If it does look a bit gappy once you are done you can always go back and add a few stitches in and you won’t even notice.

Here’s how mine looked with the front complete…

You don’t need to make the roof edges neat – Ideally make them a bit jagged for the snow when we stitch it.

The areas where it is a small gap between window and doors are pretty much just straight stitches.

#742: Satin stitch windows vertically

#3866: Satin Stitch Roof vertically (back stitch up the lines of each side of the roof before the vertical satin stitch – this will help to give a nice edge).

The eagle eyed of you will notice from the photo – once my windows were stitched this created a few unwanted gaps in the split stitch on the wall – this can just be filled in with a few more straight stitches in #3021 to hide them.

3866: long stitch the porch below the door.

Now for the finishing touches…


  • #3021 (1 strand): long stitch the window panes.
  • #3021 (2 strands): Long stitch the top & bottom of each window.
  • #3021: satin stitch the chimney.


#312: split stitch the door & finish with a long stitch across the top and bottom.

#3021: French Knot for door handle.

How to stitch the rest of the Cosy Cabin block…

Using the colour and stitch guide below, stitch the leaves and snowflakes…

Snowflakes: Stitch the star first and then pop a french knot on each spike.

Green leaves: I like to back stitch around the leaf shape first before filling in with satin stitch – I haven’t completely gone over the edges of the leaves as you can still see the back stitch outline. If you prefer a more smoother look then go over the whole shape in satin stitch instead.


All thats left to do is to outline the block in back stitch with 2 strands of #3752 and the first week is complete…

Share your gorgeous Cosy Cabins in the Happy Stitching FB Group or on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.

Week 2 is on the blog Wednesday 19th January… See you then!

Happy Stitching!


  1. Hi
    Have not started yet. Am looking for instructions to start length of fabric etc, is it, 15″x15″ I see that the hoop is more of a rectangle, is this absolutely necessary, I have a snap 11″, Any help is most appreciated.

    1. Hi Sue, the finished design is about 7.5inches square so a 15inch piece is more than adepquate. You can stitch the design in whatever hoop you prefer to use. x

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