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September 2014

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




Stitch along transferring the pattern

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Well!  I think the link on the last post should now be working correctly after quite a bit of messing around yesterday!

So, on to the start of the stitch along.

The fabric

The fabric that I used above is Robert Kauffman essex linen in natural (a cotton linen mix), but for the one I'm stitching up as we go along I am using white (to show the stitching more clearly hopefully).  Any medium weight smooth cotton or linen/mix will be fine for your embroidery.  If your fabric is too thin you will be able to see the back of your work through the fabric.  Too thick and it will be difficult to trace.

The tools

Normally I use a pilot frixion pen for all my transferring.  It is heat removable (you iron over it and it disappears.  And normally it works beautifully, creating a fine line for the detail BUT the white fabric I am using today does not like this pen!  I made a mistake, ironed it and was left with a very faint yellowish mark.  I have to say I have never had this problem before so I am not sure if it is because my fabric is white or just this particular type of fabric.  Of course this is why we should always check our markers on a scrap piece before starting!

If I were to use this fabric again I would use a fine water removable pen such as this or a vanishing pen.  But now that I have been to have a look at cottonpatch I've noticed pens I haven't seen before so I may be trying some out in the near future...

I have tried the sulky transfer pen (you trace the design onto tracing paper in reverse then iron the pattern onto your fabric leaving  a permanent pattern) but I found the line a little thick.  It's possible that with a little practice this would improve.  The advantage of this pen is that you should be able to get more than one transfer from your original tracing.  You are effectively making your own transfer.

What to do

If you are finishing the embroidery as a cover for the moleskine cahier then you will need a piece measuring 33cm x 21.5cm (13" x 8.5").  

Onto this draw a line one inch from the base of the longer edge of the fabric and another one inch from the top of the fabric.  This marks the actual pattern size for the book cover.

Measured marks

Then make a small mark 7.3cm (2 and 6 eighths") from the right hand shorter edge, and another 16.3cm (6 and 7 eighths") from the right hand shorter edge as above.  You will need to trace your girl centrally between these marks so that she will sit in the right place on your cover.

I hope this makes sense!

Tracing again

Very recently I treated myself (!!) to a very fancy pants lightbox because I have to do so much transferring and wanted a flat surface with a more even light.  But until very recently I used a bog standard crafting light box  which worked well enough.  Before that I taped my pattern to a sunny window and then taped my fabric over it and traced it that way (this does make your arms ache a bit though).


this is my finished tracing using the frixion pen.

If you are not making a notebook cover then you can simply centre your pattern on your fabric.


Just in case anyone didn't get my list of colours and notes I am popping them here

DMC 304 red (my favourite red!)

Anchor 360 dark brown

DMC 452 beige

DMC 318 pale grey

DMC 3799 charcoal

DMC ecru

and the stitches I used

back stitch

stem stitch

running stitch

cross stitch

back stitch filler

seed stitch

I used two strands of thread for every thing apart from her face and the lists.

Tomorrow I will be starting her hat.

Please feel free to add your own transferring tips and methods and the fabrics and tools you prefer in the comments.  I will also start a discussion thread on transferring in the flickr group.  


1- the pattern

2- you are here

3-stitching the hat

4-stitching the face and hair

5-stitching the dress

6-stitching the tights

7-making up the book cover

LiliPopo stitch along

Stitchalong head

It's finally here, the christmas lists pattern and stitch along that is a big thank you to all my followers and customers.

the pattern

This is a link to google drive where you should be able to open the pattern.  I know that sometimes people have difficulties with google drive so if you can't open the file please email me at and I will email the pattern (this may take a day to happen)

I have included colour notes and a list of stitches that I used but no detailed notes.  You can either stitch her as you like or follow the stitch along on my blog if you prefer.  For those of you who use it there is a flickr group set up for this (and any other lilipopo patterns that you stitch) if you would like to share your progress.  I would love to see the pics over on flickr.  You will need to join the group to post.

My instagram hashtag for the stitch along will be #lilipopostitches.  This is all a bit new to me so there may be some little difficulties to iron out along the way!

Stitchalong dress

If you would like to create a notebook holder with the embroidery I will put the fabric dimensions on my blog tomorrow along with instructions for transferring the pattern for any beginners

For those who just want to start stitching here are some notes

I used Robert Kauffman essex linen in natural

Most of the stitching is two strands of thread.  The lists are sewn with a single strand in back stitch.  The writing on the lists is also a single strand of thread.

The plan is to work through the embroidery over September.  I will pop a couple of posts a week on here focussing on beginners

Stitchalong 1

I will be back here tomorrow afternoon (UK time!) when I will check any messages.

Have fun with the pattern


The next posts in the series

2 -Transferring the pattern

3-Stitching the hat

4-Stitching the face and hair

5-Stitching the dress

6- Stitching the stripy tights

7-Making the book cover