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Doodle Stitching One-Hour Embroidery : Tutorial + Giveaway!

Best-selling author and embroidery pattern designer, Aimee Ray, has a new book out that is perfect for quick summer stitching projects.  The newest addition to the Doodle Stitching series, One Hour Embroidery is filled with over 135 adorable motifs you can mix and match to create endless embroidery projects. Aimee gets your creative juices flowing with 18 different project ideas with full instructions.  She was kind enough to share a tutorial for one of the projects with Snuggly Monkey!  

The Watercolor Note Card and Gift Tag project combines embroidery on paper with colorful watercolor washes to create a unique and extra special wish for a friend! Here is Aimee's tutorial on how to create these adorable cards and tags that will make your gifts extra special. 

 

What You'll Need For This Project:

  • 5’’ x 8’’ (12.7 cm x 20.3 cm) piece of 140 lb cold press watercolor paper (for a card)
  • 3 1/2’’ x 2’’ (8.9 cm x 5.1 cm) piece of 140 lb cold press watercolor paper (for a gift tag)
  • Embroidery Floss: 1 skein each of DMC dark purple 3834, turquoise 807
  • Watercolors and brush
  • Hole punch
  • Craft knife
  • 12” (30.5cm) piece of 1/2” (1.2 cm) wide satin ribbon
  • Thanks and 4u embroidery patterns
  • Gift tag template

Embroidery Stitches You Will Be Using:

  • Back Stitch
  • Satin Stitch

Instructions

1. Use a craft knife to measure and cut the watercolor paper to the dimensions above. Score the card down the middle so it folds from the top to 5’’ x 4’’ (12.7 cm x 10.2 cm). Use the gift tag template to trace and cut the top point on the tag and the hole punch to make a hole in the top corner.

2. Paint colored watercolor washes onto the paper pieces as a background for your stitching. Use your favorite colors or experiment with blending more than one color together. There are no rules here, don’t be afraid to make uneven edges or smeary colors. Drip on more color while the paper is wet if it’s too light, or remove a bit of paint and water with a tissue if it looks too heavy or wet.

3. Transfer the embroidery patterns to the pieces using carbon paper, trace them on with a light source, or write the words with pencil in your own handwriting. Embroider the designs according to the stitch guide using 4 threads of floss. It will help to poke holes along the pattern line with your needle from the front of the paper so you can see where to come up from at the back.

4. Thread the ribbon through the hole on the tag and tie it into a bow, or onto a package.

Giveaway

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a FREE e-book copy of Doodle Stitching One-Hour Embroidery! A winner will be selected at random on July 3, 2021. The winner will receive a copy of the new book via email directly from the publisher. 

Want some more chance to win? Visit the other Doodle Stitching One Hour Embroidery Blog Tour participants for a new chance to win a copy of the book every day this week! 

June 28
C&T : https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

June 29
Snuggly Monkey!

MrXStitch: https://www.instagram.com/mrxstitch/

June 30
Benzie Design : https://www.benziedesign.com/blogs/tutorials

Cloud Craft : https://www.cloudcraft.co.uk/blogs/news

July 1
Jessica Long: https://www.instagram.com/jessicalongembroidery/

Christen Brown : https://christenbrown.com/blog

July 2
Wild Olive/ Mollie : http://wildolive.blogspot.com

Aimee Ray : http://littledeartracks.blogspot.com

43 Responses

Amber Williamson

Amber Williamson

July 08, 2021

That book looks super fun and I love the idea!

Peggy G

Peggy G

July 08, 2021

Ohmygoodness those cards are adorable!! So simple but would mean so much to the recipient…
And I’m dying over the tiny squirrel on the book’s cover!!

Renee G

Renee G

July 08, 2021

This book looks like so much fun. I would love to make some of these cuties.

Heather

Heather

July 08, 2021

Just love Aimee’s work!

Kelli

Kelli

July 08, 2021

So cute!

Beth

Beth

July 08, 2021

What an intriguing idea – combing watercolor and embroidery!

Lacey Hodges

Lacey Hodges

July 08, 2021

I love Aimee’s patterns!! I’ve made many many of her projects and have most of her books! This one looks amazing!

Maureen

Maureen

July 08, 2021

I love embroidering cute little things on my grandchildren’s clothing!

Beth Schnellenberger

Beth Schnellenberger

July 08, 2021

What adorable pictures on the book cover! Looks like some fun stitching.

Janyce Short

Janyce Short

July 08, 2021

This sounds like a great book!!

Ca

Ca

July 08, 2021

I am obsessed with embroidery on paper as a way to have a project snack – one that is quick to finish and have results. :-)

Melanee Phillips

Melanee Phillips

July 08, 2021

Little Dear has such cute designs!

Christy

Christy

July 08, 2021

Oh my goodness! This idea is adorable! I love combining the two mediums! Thanks for the idea and the chance to win

lee butler

lee butler

July 08, 2021

I love the tutorial – Thank you!

CJ Pillow

CJ Pillow

July 08, 2021

I enjoy embroidery. It is rewarding to watch a design develop where it was once blank. My mother taught me how to iron simple transfers onto tea towels. Then she taught me the stitches needed to complete the project. A final step would be adding a crocheted trim to the edges. I still have some of these towels, and I treasure them. I taught my daughter to embroider simple pictures which we framed, and now she is teaching her twin daughters how to embroider scarves.

Jude Walahoski

Jude Walahoski

July 08, 2021

Fun giveaway!

Emmalee Goulette

Emmalee Goulette

June 30, 2021

I’m brand new to hand embroidery, but I’m very interested in it.

Alyson Gibson

Alyson Gibson

June 30, 2021

I have just recently gotten into embroidery and this would be something good for me to learn more about embroidery.

Patty

Patty

June 30, 2021

This looks like a really sweet book. I love doing little embroidery projects.

Jean

Jean

June 30, 2021

Doodle stitching is a great title and a great concept.

Christi

Christi

June 30, 2021

I love to make cards. This looks like a great book.

CarolAnn Hook

CarolAnn Hook

June 30, 2021

So excited to see the new book. I love the little squirrel on the cover.

Kelli

Kelli

June 30, 2021

So fun!

Allison

Allison

June 30, 2021

This is such a great idea – simple yet beautiful. I would love to see the other ideas in the book!

Jol

Jol

June 29, 2021

Could be fun for people new to embroidery

Sharon Aurora

Sharon Aurora

June 29, 2021

That book looks like a lot of fun. I love to embroider.

Jessica Schilling

Jessica Schilling

June 29, 2021

what a cool idea! I just recently started using watercolors and this is lovely combo with embroidery!

Laura M

Laura M

June 29, 2021

Those stitched cards are a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing.

Brooke Guerrero

Brooke Guerrero

June 29, 2021

So many cute designs, I just love that little hedgehog!!!

Hailey

Hailey

June 29, 2021

I’ve started to pick up embroidery since the death of my grandmother a couple of years ago. It’s something that help me feel connected to her still and I have loved Little Dear designs since I started looking for projects!

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason

June 29, 2021

I love trying new ways to embroider especially as we go on road trips.

Hannah R

Hannah R

June 29, 2021

I’m working on Amy’s Bob Ross right now! Love it, and her work!!!

Jen M.

Jen M.

June 29, 2021

oh, this is so cute! i love the combination of the watercolor with the stitching. very special

Phyllis Morris

Phyllis Morris

June 29, 2021

Love the way you combined embroidery and watercolor to create an extra special note to a friend. These would be so fun to make for my daughter’s owl-themed baby shower. Thank you for sharing!

C.J.

C.J.

June 29, 2021

What a cute idea! Thank you for the tutorial :)

Jean Romanshek

Jean Romanshek

June 29, 2021

Excited to peruse and use this new resource!

Dolly gauthier

Dolly gauthier

June 29, 2021

Love this combo! I have used watercolor for tags before but have never thought of combining it with embroidery! This would be a fun book to have and use!

Kim

Kim

June 29, 2021

Lovely idea! And an accessible way to begin to play with watercolors. Thanks!

Shawna

Shawna

June 29, 2021

I love to embroider bc it’s something I do with my Grandma who happens to be my best friend. It brings me peace.

Halley

Halley

June 29, 2021

This is so cute and seems like a good craft for a beginner like me!

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

June 29, 2021

I am so excited to have rediscovered thread art again! Your shop/page is an inspiration!

Liza M

Liza M

June 29, 2021

Love Aimee’s stuff!!

Tina L

Tina L

June 29, 2021

Love little dear and was super excited to hear about the book. Embroidery has become a big part of my life over the past year. It’s important to keep your mind and hands busy!

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