Sunday, 15 September 2013

Stitching Sundays 2 : Just Doodling




So it's week two of Stitching Sundays linking up with Chrissie's 'Stitching Sundays'. So here's what I've been up to since last week.



My Doodle Stitching book turned up in the post this week so exciting, so I spent a afternoon looking through that, getting so many ideas of things I want to embroider.    My crafting time is quite limited, due to my health levels, so I've only been able to manage a little bit of stitching a few day this week.



As I've never done any embroidery at all before, I decided I needed to learn and practice some of the different stitches before starting on my Summerhouse Sampler.  So I cut a piece off a old linen tunic and popped it into the hoop for a bit of practice stitching, 'Doodle style'!!



No following a pattern or transfer for me, Oh no I'm a rebel I just threaded my needled with some Blue floss and I was off.

 Such fun to be had trying out the different stitches, first I stitched a satin stitch circle and then some straight stitch petals for my flower followed by a few running stitches for the stalk. I then attempted to stitch a oval around my little flower, learning how to do a Split Stitch. At this point I went a bit wonky, (maybe a transfer would have been a good idea after all! ) but I didn't mind so very much for I was giddy and doodling, learning all the different stitches.



After that I added four star stitches in pink and blue floss and some green cross stitches. I also back stitched some little green leaves at the base of my flower. I added some french knots in yellow and pink, which I found a bit tricky as they kept pulling through my thin fabric. So I think i need a bit practice there.



Finally I added a green diamond in running stitch, to frame by little doodle, which is as far as I got for now. I'm planing next on learning to chain stitch by adding another border.  So that's what I've managed week, for my very fist attempt at Embroidery. 

I've doodled my way to learning seven types of stitches and I've thoroughly enjoyed doing it.




























So this week I'll being going back to my napkin to finish the outside border, just got one side to go now.

Why not pop over to Chrissie blog 'here' to see what everyone else has been up to.

Happy Stitching
Clare xx

20 comments:

  1. That looked like you had so much fun doing it and that is exactly what it should be, fun! Enjoy working your napkin, I look forward to seeing a little more next Sunday. Happy stitching xoxo

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    1. Thanks, I sure am finding it fun so far.x

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  2. Love your doodling! I did exactly the same thing when I first started out - I wasn't in the mood for a proper pattern, so I just had fun playing with stitches, too! But wow, seven stitches in one go, you are quite an achiever! Can't wait to see what you get up to next, Chrissie x

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    1. Thanks Chrissie, really enjoying following you stitch along.x

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  3. What a great idea to practice your stitches first. French knots can be tricky. I tighten the knot on my needle before I finish the stitch, that seems to work. Looking forward to seeing your napkin take shape.
    S xx

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    1. Thanks so much for the tip. I need to have another practice. x

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  4. Dear Clare
    Your stitching looks lovely and a really good way to practise. I love that book too - loads of inspiration and no formality.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do next.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  5. Wow Clare, what a great way to start and what wonderful progress with seven stitches - very sensible and a big achievement: well done you! I really enjoyed following your pics and narration - word by word. Thank you, and all the very best with your stitching and health. I'll be watching your progress in anticipation!
    Joy x

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Joy, xx

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  6. Brilliant Clare, what an achievement. I'll be watching your progress.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  7. Looking good! Lovely seeing all these stitching creations. Great choice of book too x

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    1. It's good fun this link up, getting to see what everyone is stitching. x

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  8. Lots of new skills and stitches to work on there. mine is only back stitch but very therapeutic. Keep going! Jo x

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  9. I love the doodling! very creative. Looking forward to seeing what you do next....

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    1. Thanks Leeanne, it's such fun. xx

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  10. I'm just learning to embroider, too. My auntie gave me a tablecloth with a preprinted pattern on for embroidering. She was given it as a wedding present in the 1940s and completed about a third, she said if I wanted to finish it, it's mine, so I am currently woking on that. I might join in with Stitching Sundays soon!

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    1. Wow you're table cloth sounds amazing, would be great to see it on stitching sundays. We have one that my Grandma made. Thanks for stopping by my Summerhouse. xx

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