I have moved my blog over to my new website
I would love to see you over there
I will keep this blog live for a few months until I have all the tutorials over on my new website
I have moved my blog over to my new website
I would love to see you over there
I will keep this blog live for a few months until I have all the tutorials over on my new website
Here is the completed free unicorn and princess embroidery pattern along with a colouring page for anyone who would like to do a bit of colouring in.
I used a white linen but you can also use cotton. If your fabric feels a little flimsy then once you have traced the design put a second piece of fabric behind it and stitch through both layers. I am using a 7" embroidery hoop but you can use whatever you have.
I have tried to keep the stitching fairly basic but you can try out other stitches.
If you have never transferred a pattern before please head over here to find out how
If you don't have a frixion pen (or other embroidery pen) you can use a pencil just make sure it is sharp and that your lines are very light so you will cover them with your stitching.
You don't have to trace everything. I tend to trace the main lines and shapes and add the details by copying the design rather than tracing every single line. So for example for the ferns on the unicorn's legs I would just trace the main lines not all the little leaf lines.
I have used quite bright pastels so that the stitching shows up well for the photographs but you can use whatever colours you have. I think it would look great stitched in blacks and greys.
I have a tutorial for backstitch
and french knots
There is a fabulous sublime stitching video for 5 basic stitches (including backstitch and stem stitch)
I'm sorry for all the links but hopefully they will all work! Tomorrow I will be back with stitching notes for the princess riding the unicorn.
I also have a colouring page of the unicorn and princess that has more detail in it
There is also this colouring page from a few years ago
I hope these help pass a little time and maybe help with a little bit of destressing too.
January is a month for dreaming and planning, warm winter woollies and hot coffee. This inspired the newest lilipopo embroidery pattern 'winter coffee'.
I love the winter months for drawing and stitching, once the dog walk is done I can make myself a coffee and cosy up on the sofa and sketch or stitch the day away. At least for some of the days of the week. The computer part of pattern making is a little less romantic!
For this pattern I have used my usual back stitch but I have also introduced quite a bit of split stitch. I have been loving split stitch recently, it gives such a nice texture to things like hair
and butterfly wings (the kits I am working on at the moment)
It's a nice simple stitch to do and I find it quite therapeutic once I get a rhythm going.
I have tended to use two strands, you can use as many as you like but I do prefer an even number.
Follow the lines of the shape you are stitching. I like to make a few separate rows of split stitch and then fill in between them.
You begin with a stitch
Now you are going to bring your needle up between the two strands of that stitch about half way along
now take your needle down about half a stitch length from the end of the first stitch
Now you are going to bring your needle up between the two strands of that stitch about half way (at the end of the previous stitch)
and you continue in this way...
I like to leave a gap and create a few separate lines and then fill in between them keeping them very close.
Here is a link to Jenny Hart's fab video for 5 basic stitches including split stitch
My winter coffee embroidery pattern can be found here
The spring moth kits should be ready for March and spring (once the storms are over)
I recently stitched up my unicorn pattern in purples and pinks and had quite a few requests for the colour palette. I was trying out some of the lovely etoile threads from DMC. They have a subtle glittery effect but are so much easier to stitch with than either the glitter or satin threads. I loved using them. The threads are marked with a 'c' before the number and the colours correspond to colours that already exist. So, for example I used 603, a pink thread and c603, the equivalent etoile thread in the same colour.
So here is the colour palette
The main body of the unicorn is stitched using backstitch and DMC 209
The hooves are backstitched using DMC 603
The mane and tail are stitched using stem stitch and a mix (one thread of each) of DMC 210 and DMC 26
The horn is stitched using stem stitch and DMC c603 (an etoile thread)
The fern braiding is stitched using fern stitch and DMC 603 (plain not etoile)
The french knots on the braiding are stitched using etoile blanc (white)
the stars on the unicorn are stitched using c603
The stars in the sky are a mix of DMC 3350, DMC c603
The flower heads are stitched using a mix of DMC 3350 and DMC 603 (plain threads)
The ferns are stitched using DMC 503 and fern stitch
Finally the flower stalks were stitched using a single strand of DMC 3052 or DMC 471 (I did a few stalks in each)
I also added a few little stitches to the stalks as leaves.
this is the colour list
DMC etoile blanc (white)
Normal DMC threads
DMC 603 pink
DMC 600 pink
DMC 3350 red pink
DMC 209 purple
DMC 210 purple
DMC 26 light purple
I used 2 strands apart from the flower stalks.
I stitched the unicorn on a pre-printed panel (no transferring required). It is available in my Etsy shop
If you are happy to transfer the pattern yourself it is available here
It's a very easy pattern to stitch and suitable for a child or beginner.
I think I have spent a large part of this summer trying to keep kits in stock. In between the sea swimming and dog walking of course! I have discovered that I love screen printing, I didn't expect it to be fun but it is so I'm thinking of creating more designs along the lines of the lavender girls. There are more lavender girl kits in stock at the moment after a few days of printing and packing.
It's sometimes difficult to find a balance between all the admin, printing and packing that goes into the kits and actually designing new work but this September is going to be devoted to designing. I have lots of rough sketches and ideas but haven't really had the time to work on them properly so next month is officially designated 'design month'.
This is going to be made a little easier as my youngest is going away to university in early September and I will have no one to chat to over cups of tea in the afternoons! So I will immerse myself in drawing and stitching until they all come home to roost at Christmas. Before I make you all feel too sorry for me I will probably still go out testing vegan cake in the cafes of the area with my cafe testing accomplice as she is not going anywhere.
And, of course, Ash the whippet will still need walking so I don't think I'll be fully hibernating, although he is refusing to walk in the rain (which is quite okay with me!)
So on rainy non coffee drinking days I will be found cosied up here drawing and stitching. I'm quite looking forward to the autumn.
I hope you're enjoying whichever season you are in and getting a little bit of stitching done.
It's been a while since I was last here but I have been working on a pink version of the mermaid pattern in order to create a kit so I thought I would add the colour guide here for anyone who has bought the mermaid pattern in the past and would like to stitch her in pink
The colours I used
DMC 3733 dark pink DMC 3047 pale yellow
DMC 761 mid pink DMC 945 pale orange
DMC 225 pale pink DMC 922 burnt orange
DMC ecru DMC 598 light blue
DMC 451 brown DMC 3849 turquoise
Stitch the first six rows of the tail using 2 strands of DMC 3733 . Back stitch the outline of the same area using the same thread. Stitch the next seven rows using 2 strands of DMC 761. Outline the same area of the tail using backstitch and the same thread. Now stitch the last six rows using 2 strands of DMC 225 and outline the same area using back stitch and the same thread.
For the French knots on the tail use 3 strands of thread. For the lowest six rows use ecru. For the middle seven rows use DMC 225. For the top six rows use DMC 761.
For the tail fin use 2 strands of DMC 3733 and back stitch. For the side fins use 2 strands of DMC 761 and backstitch.
For the hair I used chainstitch, but you could also use back stitch or stem stitch if you prefer. The chains are very small, about 2mm long.
I used 2 strands of thread for the hair. I alternated between
DMC 761, DMC 3047 and DMC 945.
Stitch the hair over the top of the tail where shown. You can add French knots to her hair for embellishments I used 3 strands DMC 922.
The plants in her hand were stitched using 2 strands of backstitch. The large leaves are DMC 922. The smaller leaf in the middle is DMC 3733. The stems are DMC 598.
The green blue plant stems are backstitched using 2 strands of DMC 3849. The branches are backstitched using 2 strands of DMC 598.
The Pink plants are outlined using 2 strands of DMC 3733 and stem stitch. Next fill the leaves with satin stitch using 2 strands of DMC 761.
Finally the star fish are stitched using 2 strands of DMC 922 and backstitch then filled with tiny seed stitches in the same thread.
If you haven't bought the pattern before it now includes the pink colourway. There will be kits and printed panels available by the end of August.
I will be back next week
It has been such a long time since I last wrote here, an unexpected break. At first it was caused by getting caught up in Christmas busyness and then a long slow start to 2019.
Last year, when I shared a picture of my little pincushion I had quite a few requests for a pattern or kit for it. So, months later, I have designed a pattern for it along with a couple of other possible colour palettes. It could be made up into a pincushion or a lavender bag or even a panel on a little purse.
Kits are more of a difficulty because I really like this design on the Robert Kaufman essex linen (in either natural or linen). The design is very small (only about 7.5cm (3") tall) so I have ordered a screen from thermofax screens and I am about to have a go at screen printing the design onto the fabric.
I think this could take quite a bit of experimenting to get the right colour for the lines, not so dark that they show through, not so light that you can't see them to stitch, but I am quite excited by the possibility of producing kits using my favourite fabrics.
This little pin cushion is very simple to stitch and really you could just use your favourite colours. You could add a little ribbon loop (and lavender) to make it into a lavender bag. I used danjo liberty tana lawn
While I was stitching it the weather was beautifully spring like, it has now turned and feels as though we are heading back into winter but a bit of spring stitching can help to remind us that spring will come back. And if you are heading into autumn and winter right now you could try some nice autumnal colours on a natural linen.
and here is one of my sample pincushions in action in my chaotic sewing tin. I like to thread a few needles before I start stitching so I can swap quickly between them so I use the cushion to hold the needles. They are also supposed to be in order of size but not always!
I am now working on a kit for my little caravan embroidery design. There will also be a printed panel on white cotton. I am hoping to have this available before the end of the month.
You can find the spring moth embroidery pattern here
and you can find the little caravan embroidery pattern here
I will be back next week with news (good or bad) about my screen printing experiments
Have a lovely week
Autumn has been here for a little while, in fact we are heading towards winter although it still feels mild. Last week the sun shone and the sea looked swimmable, I couldn't quite bring myself to get in but J braved it and enjoyed it.
Now I'm enjoying drinking oat milk hot chocolate and stitching Putting up the tree for a kit while listening to Ruth Rendell on an audio book.
I have also been learning new things on Adobe illustrator so I can improve and simplify some aspects of my patterns. I will admit that this was more fun than I expected it to be! Creating colour diagrams with the colours of the threads underneath. Illustrator is something I have learnt along the way, it can be a little time consuming to learn the things I need to know but it's always worth it in the end. I'm so happy with the colour diagrams.
A small number of 'Kitty' kits will be on sale tomorrow evening along with kits for 'a quiet place to read'. If they sell out then they will be available for pre order for mid November
The kits have slightly different instructions to the pattern for 'a quiet place', the petals of the large flowers are backstitched rather than made with large detached chain stitches. This is something you could do, if you prefer, with the pattern. The main reason is that the lines on the printed panels are not removable and I thought back stitch would give better coverage.
Hallowe'en is rapidly approaching so if you fancy a bit of spooky stitching you could take a look at Swoodson says blog post showcasing some super cute hallowe'en embroidery patterns. She kindly included my 'feeling witchy' and 'pastels and pumpkins' designs but there are lots more to see including the cutest little free ghost pattern from flamingo toes.
Now back to my Christmas stitching as the Christmas kits will be out at the end of next week. They will be limited in number but I do also still have printed panels available if you would like to choose your own colour palette.
I would like to say I'm sorry I've been away because I've been so busy but the truth is we have had a long long dry summer with warm weather and we are lucky enough to live in Cornwall. Usually August is wet and I get lots of work done but this year I got lots of sea swimming and walking and beach stitching and sketching done but not so much sitting at the computer work done! In fact the sun has come back to us over the last few days so we are experiencing a little bit of a second summer (although not quite as warm).
With lots of time for stitching I decided to stitch a couple of new colour ways for my 'Kitty' embroidery pattern (which Etsy tells me is a 'best seller'!) I thought I would pop the colours on my blog for anyone who has the pattern and fancies stitching it up in different colours.
This is the pinks version because this is lilipopo and pinks are irresistible to me.
DMC 3350 - a delicious red pink
DMC 3354 - a mid pink
DMC 3713 - a pale pink
DMC 758 - peach for a peachy kitten
DMC 453 - a very pale beige
DMC 451 - my usual brown
DMC3053 - a lovely soft green
a close up of the hat so you can see how the colours were used.
And then the blues, although if you look carefully there is a little bit of pink in there.
DMC 926 - a darkish softish blue
DMC 927 - a mid blue
DMC 3023 - another lovely grey green
DMC 677 - a soft straw like yellow
DMC 3713 - that ubiquitous pale pink
DMC 453 - light beige
DMC 451 - brown
These were stitched onto the Kitty printed fabric panels (so no pattern transferring) they are printed in a very light grey so the lines do not show through the soft colours.
In the next couple of weeks I will be offering these as kits with an option for either blue or pink and with instructions for backing the hoop with felt.
I have also finally got some linen/cotton mix lavender girl kits available. The fabric is nice and soft, quite thick and the weave is more open than the cotton. They are also a more natural colour rather than white which I love. I am running low on the soft pink one on the left but I will be trying to put a couple more in the shop next week.
I have been doing a lot of sketching over the summer and have a folder full of ideas for patterns that I am quite excited about, they will be arriving over the next few months one at a time!
I'm also going to try to have more of the patterns available as printed panels and kits for those who prefer them.
and now it's my favourite time of year with longer evenings and autumnal fruits. The blackberries are picked, I actually think Jason did pick all the blackberries, they are all in our freezer if anyone is looking for them. I pottered around in the sunshine sketching flowers and taking photographs but then I make all of the blackberry and apple crumbles (he's also been scrumping apples).
Time for stitching in the cosy evenings with hot chocolate and apple and blackberry crumble.
I hope you are enjoying the season that you are in whether it's cosying down for the winter or starting to venture back out into the sunshine.
My sketchbooks tend to be filled with drawings of flowers and my camera is filled with photographs of flowers at this time of year so it's no surprise that my stitch play has been just a little inspired by flowers too.
These woven roses are some of the simplest and most satisfying stitching I have done recently. I love the way you can play with them. You can use one colour or an array of colours. You can use two strands or all six strands. Your base stitches can be simple long straight stitches like spokes or detached chain stitches to create leaves underneath the flowers.
Best of all they are so very simple to stitch, in fact really they are woven.
For this little rose lavender bag I used
Robert Kauffman essex linen in natural (use doubled if you are worried about knots showing through)
a number 7 crewel needle (or larger, ie a lower number)
a 3" wooden hoop
DMC stranded cotton in
DMC 760, DMC 761 and DMC 502
Begin by drawing a circle about 2.5cm (1") diameter using a removable pen and segment it with 5 lines roughly equal distance apart as above. Now you take 3 strands of DMC 502 and create 5 large detached chain stitches from the centre out to the edge as above.
this is the base of your flower. You could use straight stitches if you prefer but I like the leaf effect of the detached chain stitches.
Now you are going to weave your rose.
now take 6 strands of DMC 760, and bring it up through the fabric very close to the centre just to the left of the top leaf as shown above. (I tied a knot at the back as there won't really be anything to anchor the back to).
And now the fun part you simply weave the thread over and under the leaves in a circle pulling it into the centre as you go. You don't go through the fabric, you are simply weaving over and under your green leaves.
You just keep going round until you are happy with the centre of the flower. You can push your stitches closer to the centre to stop the green showing through as you go.
When you want to change colour just go down through your fabric with the needle just after an under stitch and tie a knot to fasten it in place. Then come up with the new colour just after the under stitch and continue in the same way
Keep going until just the tips of the leaves are left showing. Take your needle down through the fabric and tie the thread off.
Then make lots more
You can experiment with size of circle, number of spokes, colours and thread tension for different effects. You could use different numbers of threads, perhaps even doubling the six strands over so you are working with 12 strands.
you can also experiment with using straight stitches for the base and wrapping the flower thread around each strand as you go. For the purple flower I wrapped the thread around each spoke instead of weaving over and under.
Next week we are off to WOMAD for a few days of dancing, music and (fingers crossed after last year) sunshine so the lilipopo shop will be closed from Thursday to Monday evening and there will be no blog post.
I hope you have a lovely week filling scraps of fabric with woven roses.