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Delicate Embroidered Circle

Yesterday, I shared photos of the embroidered piece I was working on... Little Girl Wearing A Hat... a bear hat, no less! I purchased this pattern from LiliPopo. 

You can find the original post, with lots more photos HERE.

You can visit LiliPopo's Etsy shop HERE.

I decided to turn my embroidered picture into a pillow for Little Lady. Because I want the center panel to be a square, I embroidered a ring around the girl, which I think will look nicely spaced in a square. 

Here is the simple pattern I created to make this Delicate Embroidered Circle.

Materials Needed:

3 strands of embroidery floss - 2 colors
Embroidery needle
Water erasable marker
7" embroidery hoop


Note: All stitches use 3 strands of floss.

Begin by making a copy of the pattern.

There are 2 ways you can proceed. First, you can transfer the pattern onto the fabric using a light box and a water erasable marker or tracing paper.

- OR -

Using your smooth inside hoop from your 7" embroidery hoop, center the ring around the inside embroidered piece (my girl), and trace around the design with a water erasable marker. That's what I did. Because of the simple pattern, and because your embroidered design does not need to match the pattern exactly, you can do it free hand.

The first stitch you will be using is a Whipped Running Stitch. Begin by stitching a running stitch around the circle. The exact size of the stitches is not as important as getting them even. Look at the pattern to see approximate size.  

To do the 2nd part of this stitch, bring your needle up directly under one of your running stitches, being careful not to go through the running stitch. Coming from the outside of the circle to the inside of the circle, slide your needle under the next running stitch. Note: I push through the eye end of the needle first, since it is blunt and will not poke through the fabric or the running stitches. Continue wrapping each running stitch, always entering the stitches from the outside of the ring. When you get all the way around to your first running stitch, poke your needle under the stitch and tie off on back.

Refer to the pattern for the remainder of the stitch names and placement. Directions on how to make the remainder of the stitches can be found on Wee Folk Art's Stitch Glossary found HERE.

Obviously, this Delicate Embroidered Ring can frame any embroidery piece you make. The stitches are easy to do and give a nice, finished look to your embroidered projects. As soon as the dust settles in our house, literally, and I can uncover my sewing machine, I will turn this into a pillow using our Vine Crook House Pillow Tutorial found HERE.


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Photos: 4-1-14, 3-31-14


Three Girls In Hats Embroidery Project

Early in March, I happened upon these adorable embroidery patterns from LiliPopo.

The girls and I promptly fell in love, and I purchased the PDF download from LiliPopo's Etsy Shop. As soon as I gathered a few supplies, Pixie, Fairy, their friend Sprite, Michelle and I had a wonderful evening of stitching. Embroidery is new to the girls, and it was wonderful watching them make their first few stitches. Magical!

Pixie hard at work... or is that hard at play? The girls just learned how to backstitch.

Fairy is moving right along, as Sprite gets a few pointers from me on how to deal with knotted threads! Dash those knotted threads!

Between snow storms and a family vacation, our embroidery group hasn't gotten back together... but I think we will be back on track this week. The girls are all anxious to learn more stitches.

I did finish mine, and it came out so cute!

Of course, when you are done stitching something, you have to decide what to do with it. I was making this little girl for Little Lady. After a discussion with LL's mom, we decided to turn it into a pillow. Because the little girl is a tall rectangle, and I want the center embroidery panel to be square, I decided to add a circular design around the girl. I will share the directions for making the Delicate 7" Embroidered Ring in the next day or two.


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Photos: 3-10-14, 3-15-14, 3-31-14, 4-4-14, blog photos


Flower Fairies in the Garden

It's spring... that means it's time to revisit our Flower Fairies. Welcome back Flower Fairies!

If Fairy Dust is sprinkled on a flower as the last dew of morning evaporates, something magical happens... a Flower Fairy is born! If you are lucky enough to have Flower Fairies in your garden, then you already know that all of your plants seem to grow a little lovelier and their blooms seem to last a little longer… as if by magic!
Now, you can bring that magic indoors by crafting your own Flower Fairies. Long known to be great friends with the gnomes and woodland creatures, your Flower Fairies will easily join in the merry making with the rest of your wee folk.

Additional photos, free pattern and the TUTORIAL can be found HERE.

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Converting Our Hedgehog Applique into a Hedgehog Embroidery

Recently, Pixie, Fairy and their friend Sprite have been learning embroidery. It reminded me of how much I enjoy needlework. Right now they are learning the back stitch and French knots using an embroidery pattern we purchased of three adorable little girls. (I'll talk more about that when they are done.) I embroidered one of the little girls, too, and after talking to my DIL Meghan, decided to turn the piece into a pillow for Little Lady.

Of course, that means Little Guy needs a pillow, too. I decided to turn our Hedgehog Applique Block into an embroidery pattern. You could do the same with any of our FREE Applique Blocks. This is how I did it.

First, I made a copy of the pattern which can be found HERE. I then used my new light box to trace the pattern onto a piece of soft white cotton, using a water erasable marker. Of course, you can use any method to trace the pattern on a piece of cloth.

When I was done tracing the pattern it looked like this. You will notice the lines that indicate the ground and how the vine just stops.

Since I wanted the design to be in the middle of a pillow, and I wanted to leave space all the way around it, using the water erasable marker, I free-hand continued the vine to go around the back and under the hedgehog. Notice two things... first, I used the same type of curls I used above the hedgehog, and two, I was none too neat about it! What a mess! But I didn't worry about the mess, because the marker is erasable with water. No worries!

Now I was ready to start stitching.

Directions for how to make all the stitches used can be found in our Stitching Glossary.

I used a back stitch and 2 strands of standard DMC embroidery floss on everything accept the "berries". For the nose and eyes I began by outlining them, then I went back and filled them in with back stitches. If you would like, you could use a satin stitch. Note: Satin stitches are longer, and can easily get caught and snagged. If I was doing this as a wall hanging, I would consider using a satin stitch, but since it will be a pillow, which will be carried around, I wanted small stitches throughout the piece.

For the berries, I used 3 strands of DMC floss, and made French Knots.

I used a 7" embroidery hoop.

When I was done, the hedgehog looked like this.

Notice how I improvised on the back of the vine. Doesn't matter, all the blue lines will disappear!

Finally, I sprayed the piece using a fine mist, and like magic, all the blue markings disappeared!

Wah lah... here is our Hedgehog all done, ready to be turned into the center panel of a pillow. I love the retro 1940's feel it has to it. I'll share that as soon as I can unearth my sewing machine!


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Photos 3-25-14


Froggy Umbrella Applique Block

When Bug was just a wee lad, he was in love with his frog umbrella. You'd never hear him complain on a rainy day because out came "Froggy" and together the 2 would brave the elements. Bug was also known to tote Froggy on sunny days, too. You just can't spend enough time with a good friend, can you?

Bug still has Froggy, but he's gotten to the age when he's more apt to make a mad dash to his destination in the rain rather than take the time for a leisurely walk with his frog. So, let's call this my ode to Froggy Umbrella. He served Bug well!

As with all blocks, our Froggy Umbrella Applique was designed for a 6" x 6" block, but can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Enjoy!

The pattern for the FREE Froggy Umbrella Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt using the pattern as a guide. Transfer any embroidery markings.

Using a running stitch, sew eyes to block using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew umbrella cane to block using 2 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch, sew umbrella section "a" to block using 3 strands floss. Note: Where section "a" will be covered by umbrella sections "b" and "c", use a running stitch. 

Using a blanket stitch, sew umbrella sections "b" and "c" over umbrella section "a" using 3 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew cheeks to umbrella using 2 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew irises to eyes using 2 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew handle to cane using 2 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, add  mouth using 6 strands floss.

Add French knots to section points using 6 strands floss.

Copyright © Wee Folk Art, LLC 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text, images or patterns without prior written consent. Please contact us with any questions.

Photo 1-7-10


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