I've turned another one of my sketches into an embroidery pattern! Each one of these little pillows has used a slightly different technique. So far, I've had the most fun with this one; I switched from appliqué to filling in the embroidery with colored pencil. Fabric paint would also work, and is preferable if you want to wash the finished piece.
You will need:
-Download and print this pdf
-5 1/2 x 5 1/2" squares of plain linen or other fabric (cut 2). I cut it after I did the embroidery.
-Embroidery thread; (I used DMC colors 517, 720, 726, 762)
-Yellow and orange colored pencils
-Sulky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer (or you can transfer design directly onto fabric). You can print directly onto the stablilzer, but I tend to trace small designs by hand so as not to waste it. I save even the smallest scraps.
Step 2: If using the stabilizer, peel off the backing and adhere the duck to the linen, leaving enough room for an embroidery hoop and keeping in mind that the piece will be cut to a 5 1/2" square.
Step 3: Using a backstitch, embroider the duck. There are two tiny French knots on the beak. When the embroidery is complete, wash the stabilizer off carefully with cold water. Allow to dry.
Step 4: Lightly color in the duck with colored pencils. I've been happily using the same Berol Prismacolor colored pencils since college.
Step 5: Center the duck and cut a 5 1/2" square. Cut a plain 5 1/2" square for the back. With right sides facing, sew around the square leaving a 1/2" seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 2 - 3" opening on the bottom. Clip the corners.
Step 6: Turn, press and stuff. Use a ladder stitch to close the opening. Finished size is 4 1/2 x 4 1/2".
There is now a duck, a pig, a dog and a tree. For the pig pattern, see this post. The dog can be found here and the tree here. I've included the strip of grass on the duck pattern in case you'd like to continue with green lawn instead of (or in addition to) the scarf.
P.S. If you're from Oregon or are a U of O fan, GO DUCKS!!!