A simple stitch guide


Free stitch guide

I have created a simple stitch guide that will be sent out with all my patterns.  It contains the main stitches that I use in the patterns and drawn diagrams of the stitches.

I have added this stitch guide to all my patterns on Etsy but you can grab it for free here 

The guide is a basic stitch guide to the stitches I use most often in the patterns.  For some of the stitches (such as french knots!) it might still be useful to look at video tutorials on youtube and to use the guide as a reminder. 

I hope you find the stitch guide useful

a stitchy flowery thank you

Final flower globe wm

This week has been a little bit here, there and everywhere so in between those mixed up moments I got on with a little flowery stitching and created a little free pattern for all of you as a small thank you for making last year such a fabulous year for lilipopo.

I am a huge fan of snow globes, I utterly love the magic and sparkle of them.  They take me straight back to my childhood and also to the moment when my three year old daughter picked one up and cracked it in the shop at the  top of the Eiffel tower!  A moment she has never forgotten but she still (at 16) can't help 'looking' with her hands!

This week though I wanted something flowery rather than sparkly, looking forward to spring so the pattern is for a flowery globe rather than a snow globe.

Butterfly flower detail wm

There's even a spring/summer butterfly in there.  Right now I am sitting typing in a very cold space wondering whether to put my cosy fingerless mittens on so this spring scene is something I'm really looking forward to!

Flower globe pattern transfer

If you are a new stitcher I have beginner notes here 

there are some stitch tutorials here

and there are lots of tutorials on my pinterest board 


Right hand detail wm

The link to the pattern

I hope you enjoy stitching the pattern up as much as I enjoyed making it

Now to tidy my mixed up messy work space and try to create some order for 2017!



Just a quick reminder


A couple of years ago I did a short series of blog posts to stitch this little notebook cover for a Christmas lists notebook (being something of a notebook and list fanatic!)

I realised that I don't have a clear link to the posts anymore and Christmas is on the way so I have added a page above to link to any free stuff 

and here is the link to the beginning of the series for anyone who missed it the first time around

lilipopo Christmas stitch along

a cute little giveaway

Giveaway image

The lovely Shelby from Ewoodstory and I have created a little giveaway for you all (well Shelby has done all the hard techy type work, thank you Shelby!)

Main collage

there will be not one, not two but... three lucky winners.

Each winner will receive a mini embroideries pattern and a stitchable pendant of their choice 


The pendants are lovely and simple to use as well as being super cute

So here is the giveaway link

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Starting today, we are accepting entries for one week to our giveaway via Rafflecopter. Just enter with your facebook account or email address.  If you tweet about the giveaway or tell us what your favorite kind of design to stitch you get two entries!

Pixie framed

This is the olive pendant


and the pod

The winner will be announced in six days time

Good luck!

a little freebie for my lovely blog readers

I often get asked about colouring in pages by people and I have noticed the rise and rise and rise of adult colouring in books.

We even have a copy of this one

and I do have quite a lot of suitable drawings in my sketchbooks

so ...

Colouring freebie

I've sketched a colouring in picture for you and created a pdf so that you can (hopefully) access it easily

over here

I've just added a valentine version with a few hanging hearts 

over here

Please download it and colour it in as many times as you like

Please don't sell the image on or share it on the internet.

I would recommend pencil crayons because printer ink has a tendency to smudge with anything wet!

I copied it onto white premium printer paper (Rymans) but I think it would be nice printed onto off white or cream too

If you have any trouble accessing the file just message me at and I will try to sort it out for you

Happy colouring


stitch along book cover - final post

Notebook cover pic 7

finally!  the final post of the stitch along.  I hope you enjoyed the embroidery and I hope it has encouraged a few people to try a bit of embroidery too.

These are the instructions for the book cover.  There are lots of tutorials out there for book covers and lots of Japanese magazines and books that contain instructions for various versions (I get my Japanese craft magazines from here)  but this is how I like to cover notebooks.

These instructions are to cover a small moleskine pastel cahier (9cm x 14cm)

Once you have stitched your girl cut the top and bottom inch that you marked off.  So that you are left with a rectangle measuring 16.5cm x 33cm.

Next cut a piece of medium weight interfacing the same size as your embroidered piece

Notebook cover pic 1

and iron it onto the back of your embroidered piece.

Notebook cover pic 2

Next I fold the fabric around the book to make sure that I am happy with where I need to fold it and mark the folds for the flaps and the centre back of the cover.

Notebook cover pic 3

Now turn the two short edges in by 1cm and hem them.

Notebook cover pic 4

Now cut a piece of lining fabric (I like this to be pretty even though you can hardly see it in the book!) 16cm tall x 15cm wide and hem the two edges with a 1cm seam allowance so it should now measure 16cm x 13cm.

Notebook cover pic 5

with the right side of your embroidered piece facing up fold the flaps in and pin them.  (Your flaps are folded onto the right side if this makes sense!)

Next lay your lining on top (with the right side facing down) centring it with the mark you made for the centre back on the embroidered piece.  And pin in place.

Now stitch right across the bottom with a 1cm seam allowance.  Then stitch right across the top with a 1cm seam allowance

Notebook cover pic 6

And trim your seam to about 0.5cm neatly.

Now you have to turn the whole thing out and press it, pushing the corners out gently.

And finally slide your notebook in.

Notebook cover pic 7

I'm sorry the pictures aren't quite as bright as I would have liked but the sunshine seems to have left for now!  

I hope you enjoyed the stitchalong and don't forget there is a hashtag that I keep forgetting to use over on instagram #lilipopostitches

Well I'd better get on and start filling that christmas list notebook!!


1-the pattern

2-transferring the pattern

3-stitching the hat

4-stitching the hair and face

5-stitching the dress

6-stitching the tights

7-you are here

stitch along stripey tights


I started with her boots here.  Two strands of Anchor 169 and backstitch all the way around.  If you are doing the red girl then the boots outline is two strands of Anchor 360 brown.

Boots outline

Next two strands of Anchor 168 and fill those boots with back stitch.  The brown boots are filled with beige DMC 452.


Still using two strands of Anchor 168 outline her legs.   The red girl has a red outline to her tights, two strands of red 304.

Legs outline

Now to make the stripes


I took two strands of Anchor 928 and made single stitches up the legs evenly.  For the red girl the first stripes are red DMC 304.

Full stripes

Now take two strands of grey Anchor 398 and pop stitches inbetween the first ones to make stripes  The second stripes are ecru on the red girl.

Double stripes

And that's the girl done


Although I still have a couple of lists to pop in at the bottom where I forgot to draw them!

I hope you've had fun stitching her.

Next Sunday I will pop the tutorial for making the book cover.


1-the pattern

2-transferring the pattern

3-stitching the hat

4-stitching the face and hair

5-stitching the dress

6-you are here

7-making up the book cover

stitch along stitching the dress

Dresses collage

This morning I finished off her dress and most of the lists (I forgot to trace the lists that are around her feet so I will have to add those later on!)

For the red dress and lists I used

DMC 304 red

DMC 452 beige

DMC 3799 charcoal

DMC 318 pale grey

For the blue dress and lists I used

Anchor 168 mid blue

Anchor 928 light blue

Anchor 169 darker blue

Dress outline 1

I started with two strands of Anchor 168 (DMC 304 if red) and back stitched my way around the outline of her dress and sleeves, keeping the stitches as even as possible

X stitches

I also used two strands of A168 (DMC 304 red) for the crosses at the top of her dress.  I did these as individual crosses in the same way as the crosses on her hat.

X stitches 2

For the crosses at the base of the dress I used a different method.  Working one diagonal across the row of crosses (as above) still using two strands of A168 (DMC 304 red).

X stitches 3

then I worked back across the row putting in the other diagonal (see above).  I think this method seems to make my crosses more even.


The heart is also backstitched using two strands of A168 (DMC 304 red) but my stitches are probably about half the size of the dress outline stitches to make it easier to get around the curves.


For the ribbing I used just one strand of the same thread and made single stitches following the pattern.

Running stitch

Next I took two strands of the light blue Anchor 928 (DMC 452 beige for the red girl) and did a bit of running stitch for the dashes across the top and hem of her dress.  Running stitch is just the normal in - out stitch that most people know.

I also used two strands of the same thread to backstitch just inside the heart.

Inner heart

And because she is really quite easy to embellish with extra stitching I decided I wanted stripey sleeves on the blue girl so I marked some stripes on them

Sleeve stripes

I then stitched them using one strand of Anchor 168 and single stitches.  You could do the same on the red girl using red or beige.

Full dress

With her dress done I moved onto the lists.  For the lists I used a single strand as I didn't want them to stand out as much as the dress.

For the blue girl the list outline was backstitched in Anchor 169, just a bit darker than her dress outline colour and the lines (single stitches) were Anchor 168.  For the red girl the outlines were charcoal (DMC 3799) and the writing pale grey (DMC 318).  Again I stitched quite slowly with the single strand, making sure that the end of one stitch butts perfectly against the beginning of the next.


and there are the lists.

The next stitch along post will be next Sunday as there is a very busy week coming up as Annis and I start on her GCSE home education!  But I'm hoping to be into a nice routine by the end of the week.  So roll on a week of English, Maths, French, Psychology and Literature!!

Wish me luck


 1-the pattern

2-transferring the pattern

3-stitching the hat

4-stitching the face and hair

5-you are here

6-stitching the tights

7-making up the book cover

blog stitch along face and hair


Today I'm covering the face and hair.

If you are stitching the red girl you will need two strands of DMC 745 yellow (which I forgot to add to the pattern notes - very sorry) and for the blue girl I'm using two strands of ecru.

I'm hoping the photos help make my words a bit clearer here!

Hair 1

I start by back stitching the outline of the top part of the hair

Hair 2

I try to keep my stitches very small and even

Hair 3

Next I stitch a line down the middle of the hair and continue with more lines filling the top part of the hair

Hair 4

Now I make stitches as little v shapes to form the plait.  I'm hoping that the final picture shows just what I mean

Finished hair

at the bottom of the plait there are three little stitches fanning out.  I think the trick is to keep the stitches fairly small.

For some reason I started to stitch her face before her hair here but just ignore that.  Normally I would stitch her face after her hair.

Single thread

Take a single strand of the charcoal grey (DMC 3799) and pop a couple of stitches through the back of the hair stitches near the jaw line to anchor the thread.  Now backstitch the jaw and neck, making sure to keep the stitches neat and on the line.  I actually stitch quite slowly when I'm using one thread because any wobble tends to show up a lot more.


For the first eye I carry the thread up weaving through the back of the hair stitches and make two small stitches one above the other.  I then weave the thread through the back of the hair stitches again and snip it.

For the second eye I anchor the thread in the back of the hair stitches in the same way I did for the jaw line then make two small stitches, anchor the thread again and snip.  All this saves having knots at the back of your work.  

That's the hair and face done.  I will pop a post on about the dress on Sunday (hopefully!)

This stitch along is quite a fun distraction from all the upheaval that is happening here at home.  One son gone away to university to study film, only an hour and a half away but he has moved out and it does feel quite final!  And the other son is at college studying art at college so he's not home educated any more!!  Just one girl left at home all day with me until dad gets home!  But that one girl wants to do five or six GCSEs so we're certainly not bored! 

The stitching is a welcome break from all that studying!

I hope you're all enjoying your stitching

There is also a hashtag of lilipopostitches on instagram (I admit I keep forgetting to use it) for anyone who would like to share or chat on instagram.

Happy stitching


1-the pattern

2-transferring the pattern

3-stitching the hat

4-you are here

5-stitching the dress

6-stitching the tights

7-making up the book cover


stitching the hat - stitch along

Pic main

Today I'm going to focus on her hat.  I'm thinking a lot about all the beginners that I get messages from so this post is hopefully going to be very detailed with lots of pics.

I've decided to stitch my second girl in blues, the colours I've used so far are

Anchor 168

Anchor 928

DMC 3033

I will probably also use a darker blue for the boots but I haven't decided that yet.

Don't worry if you are stitching in the original colours of the pattern as I will say which colours are used where.

Pic 3

A quick notes on tools

I used a six inch hoop as the whole pattern fits in nicely but you can use a smaller one and move it around as you stitch.  I also use a number 8 crewel needle here.

  I begin by cutting about a 45cm length of thread and separate two strands off to stitch with

Pic 5

I always start with the hat, probably because it's more colourful :)  Beginning with either Anchor 168 (blue) or DMC 304 (red) bring your thread from the back of the work through to the front of the work about a stitch length from the start of the line.  Leave an inch long tail at the back.

Pic 4

make sure you don't pull this tail through as you start to work, you won't need a knot as the tail will be woven into the back of the stitches as you sew.

Pic 6

You are working backwards so take your needle back down at the beginning of the line, being careful not to pull your tail through.

Pic 7

as you stitch just catch the tail in the back of your stitches and this will make it secure

Pic 8

If you are careful to put the needle back down in the same hole as the previous stitch you should get a neat line.

Pic 9

For the cross stitches simply make a stitch on the line and then a second stitch crossing it still using the same colour.

Pic 10

Pic 11

Because I don't want the threads showing through my fabric, if I have to carry them elsewhere I use the stitches that are already there and weave the thread through the back of the stitches to the place I need to be next.

Pic 12

The running stitch is still in the same colour.  I tend to stab stitch this because of the tautness of the fabric in the hoop.  Just simple in - out stitches to the end.

Pic 13

That's all the darker blue/red for the hat.  Now cut a 45cm length of Anchor 928 (if doing the blue version) or DMC ecru (if doing the red).  Separate off two strands to stitch with.

Pic 14

and now you're going to back stitch those solid lines just as you did the outline of the hat.

Pic 15

Next there are a few seed stitches in the top portion of the hat.  I hope you can see how tiny in the pic.

Pic 16

and once your seed stitches are done you need to bring your needle up right in the middle of the pompom.

Pic 17

You are going to radiate stitches from the centre of the pompom.  Each time returning to the middle.

Pic 18

Keep going until you are happy with the look of the pompom.  When you are finished weave your thread through a few stitches at the back and snip.

Pic 19

And there you have a cute little knitted hat!

I will be back on Friday for a post on the face and hair stitching

Have a lovely week


p.s this is the link for the pattern for anyone who is just joining in


1- the pattern

2- transferring the pattern

3- you are here

4- stitching the face and hair

5-stitching the dress

6-stitching the tights

7-making up the book cover