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Let’s Doodle Stitch!


Doodle Stitch BearI hope you enjoyed the tutorial last Friday on how to use satin stitch embroidery to give your amigurumi some spectacular looking eyes. I had a lot of fun stitching it, and to tell you the truth, I didn’t stop with the face. In this post I’ll tell you more about how stitch-crazy I went with this bear, and I’d like to also address all of you who asked me about where you can go to get lessons in embroidery.

Before I get started, if you are looking for the pattern to crochet this bear, you’ll find it for free here at the picnic.

Looking for more tips on how to add faces to your amigurumi? Check out my resources page.

Doodle Stitch Bear by Squirrel Picnic for IG2I made this particular bear for a friend of mine in Italy and I wanted to make it extra-special. I had found a book on doodle embroidery a while back, and I decided this bear was the perfect opportunity to try it out. Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching is so, so, so much fun. You can use her patterns as templates, but for this project, I just picked some of her simpler designs, studied them, and started stitching them all over the bear’s belly. The designs I used can be found in the flower section on page 95 of her book. It was fun to play around and see how the different designs could work together.

Now I’m really looking forward to trying some of the projects in her book, like the bunting with “Happy Day” embroidered on it, the “All-Weather Draft Dodger,” and all of the adorable woodland animals. What can I say, Ray’s whimsical style really speaks to me.

If you’re new to embroidery but are itching to learn, I recommend this, or any of her books, as a great place to start. I’d also recommend NeedlenThread.com. Mary Corbet has been providing embroidery tutorials and instruction online for over nine years. I highly recommend you check her out.

I hope you enjoy learning more about embroidery. I think it’s a fun and unique way to add character and a personal touch to your crochet projects.


24 thoughts on “Let’s Doodle Stitch!

  1. You learnt from a book? Oh,my, you’re a genius!! I adore my Lady Bear and every single time I see her I can’t stop admiring your work!! Guys,believe,this woman is so awfully great!!

    • Tajana, you are the best! Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing my post and the bear with your friends over on your blog. You are wonderful and I am so happy that this lady bear has found a new home in your new home. That means so much to me. Love and hugs to you, my friend!

  2. Reblogged this on Tatie's world and commented:
    Look what Jennifer made for me!!!!

  3. OMGoodness how cute, Tajana is a lucky girl, after seeing your work on her page I thought it’s about time to check your page out …I’m loving it 🙂

    • Thanks, Mrs. P. I’m so glad you stopped by. Tajana is such a sweetheart. It was so much fun to make this bear for her. And I’m forever grateful that she is showing it off to all her friends. Welcome to the picnic, Mrs P! We’re so happy you’re here.

  4. I love this so much, the embroidery adds that little something special. x

  5. Ahh this looks so cool! I love the idea of doodling with embroidery thread and using crochet projects as a blank canvas. Did I mention I love this??

  6. Lovely doodle stitch. My friend Anna calls it embroodling.

  7. Gorgeous stitching! Well done.

  8. Amazing idea, embroidery on our Amigurumi, talk about a personal touch. Hon, this is so fabulous. Bless your heart for sharing.
    Sister From the South,
    LindY G

    • Thanks, Lindy! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Embroidery has become my new favorite thing to do, and I’m looking forward to discovering all the ways I can incorporate it into crochet. I’ll be sure to share my discoveries!

  9. Oh lucky little amigurumi bear 🙂

  10. Wow great job. That is so very cool!! Makes your bear have wonderful character and elegance. Hugz Lisa and Bear

  11. Oh, I love it! Glad she loves it so much too. 🙂