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Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching Books

 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Aileen! She is our randomly selected winner of the Doodle Stitching giveaway. Thanks so much to everyone for participating!

 

Six years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Aimee Ray on her first Doodle Stitching book. It was so exciting to see Aimee’s talent come to life on the pages of Doodle Stitching, and when the book was completed, I knew we hadn’t seen the last of her.

And, lucky for us, we haven’t! I left Lark to have a baby and stay home for a few years, but as many of you know, Aimee went on to author Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection. And oh-so-serendipitously, the first project that came across my desk when I returned to Lark last July was helping to shepherd Aimee’s third Doodle Stitching book, Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, through its final phases before publication.

It didn’t surprise me to discover that Aimee hadn’t lost her knack for creating stylish, fresh, and fun designs. True to its name, Embroidery & Beyond includes a variety of techniques such as Cross Stitch, Appliqué, Redwork, and Sashiko and Shisha, just to name a few. And you’ll be treated to all sorts of new and fetching projects, like a charming Fair Isle Doll Skirt; a cozy Snow White, Red Rose Fleece Scarf; a snazzy Canvas Cuckoo Clock; and an adorable Felt Appliqué Babushka doll.

Felt Appliqué Babushka

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond will hit the shelves this March, but one lucky winner won’t have to wait that long. We’re giving away all three copies of Aimee’s Doodle Stitching books, including an advance copy of Embroidery & Beyond! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post between now and 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 23. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear what embroidery projects you’ve got lined up for the coming months. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Thursday, January 24. Click here for the official rules, and good luck!

 

(To pre-order a copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, click here.)

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Doodle Stitch Along – finale and giveaway!!

July 01, 2011, 19:54 pm  Posted by guestblogger
 

Hey there, this is Aimee Ray again with the final installment of our Doodle Stitch Along, and a free giveaway! We’ve posted 4 free embroidery patterns over the last month and now I’m going to show you how to make a cute, little mini apron with them. This apron won’t keep you clean while cooking, but it’s perfect to wear while crafting or working a craft show, it’s got 4 little pockets perfect for keeping your tools close at hand!

What you need:

2- 18×10 inch pieces of fabric (they can be different colors)
1 with the 4 stitched motifs spaced evenly along the top, about 2 inches from the edge.
a piece of 1- inch wide grosgrain ribbon, 72 inches long.
Embroidery floss to match
1. First, pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing, and sew along the sides and top (the side with embroidery), 1/2 inch in. You can leave the bottom open. Trim the corners, turn it right side out, and press the seams flat.
2. Fold the motif edge up over the back about 5 inches to form a pocket. Pin it in place.
3. Using the Blanket Stitch, sew up the sides of the pocket.
4. Using the Running Stitch, stitch 3 dividing lines in between the motifs. Now you have 4 pockets.
5. Center the ribbon along the top of the apron, overlapped 1 inch and pin it in place. Using the Back Stitch, or a sewing machine, sew the ribbon to the apron. Trim off the extra fabric behind the ribbon. You can treat the ends of the ribbon with fray check so they don’t fray.
All done! This is a fast, easy sewing project, you can use these instructions to make all different sizes and colors of aprons. If you need a quick stitch reference, check out www.inaminuteago.com, one of my favorite embroidery websites.
Don’t have time to sew up your own apron? You can win this one! To enter for a chance to win this apron, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, July 8. Any comment is fine—though we’d love to hear about your favorite easy sewing project!One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Monday, July 11. Click here for the official rules.
Thanks for joining us!

 
 
 
 
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Doodle Stitch Along – motif #4!

June 24, 2011, 15:02 pm  Posted by guestblogger
 

Hi! This is Aimee Ray again with another week of happy stitching! We’ve been stitching up a free embroidery pattern each week. Here is this week’s pattern, a cute duo of birds!

Download the bird motifs here.

If you’ve missed the first motifs, it’s easy to catch up. Here’s motif #1 and motif #2 and motif #3 if you missed them.

Be sure to show us what you’re stitching by posting your photos in our flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/doodlestitchalong/ And don’t forget to check back with us next week for some sweet apron instructions to put your stitched motifs to good use!

 
 
 
 
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Doodle Stitch Along – motif #3!

June 17, 2011, 18:50 pm  Posted by guestblogger
 

Hey guys, this is Aimee Ray. Are you ready for another week of stitching? Here is this week’s free nest pattern! I used the satin stitch for the leaves and eggs on this one. Also, I found it easier to just wing it on the nest lines rather than following the pattern exactly, but do whatever works best for you. :)

If you’ve missed the first two weeks, it’s easy to catch up. And we’d love to have you along! Here’s motif #1 and motif #2 if you missed them.

Be sure to show us what you’re stitching by posting your photos in our flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/doodlestitchalong/

Next week is the last free pattern, then we’ll be putting them all together into a cute and easy apron. Don’t miss it!

 
 
 
 
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Doodle Stitch-Along: Motif #2!

June 10, 2011, 14:48 pm  Posted by guestblogger
 

Hey happy stitchers! Aimee Ray here with another installment of our Doodle Stitch-Along! If you missed our kick off last week, we’re giving away a free embroidery pattern every Friday from my book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, and at the end we’ll have instructions for making a cute cafe apron!

Here is this week’s pattern, a pretty flower motif.

 
 
 
 
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We had so much fun with the first doodle stitch-a-long that we’ve asked Aimee Ray to host another one to coincide with our bird love blogiversary! So without further ado….

Hey guys, This is Aimee Ray, and I’m bringing you another Doodle Stitch Along! Each Friday we’ll be sharing a fun, new project and free embroidery motifs from my book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection.

This time, our project is a cute, little shop apron! It’s the perfect thing to wear if you’re working a craft show, or while crafting, to keep supplies or tools right at your fingertips. It’s easy to sew and will, of course, be embellished with free embroidery patterns we’ll give you right here, every Friday.

Here’s my version of the motif #1, a sweet little tree motif! You can download the tree motif here.

For this simple apron, you’ll need two pieces of fabric (I’m using regular quilter’s cotton) 18 inches wide by 10 inches long. You’ll also need a piece of 1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon, 72 inches long. We’ll be stitching up 4 embroidery patterns, so measure spaces for them evenly along the top of one piece of fabric, about 2 inches from the top:

The apron will look something like this when finished, with a stitched motif on each pocket:

I’ll give you complete instructions on how to put it together on the last week of our Stitch Along. :)
Of course, if you want to opt out of the apron, you can stitch up the patterns however or on whatever you like. Be sure to come join us on flickr and add your photos to our Doodle Stitch Along group! While you’re there, check out the great stuff people made at our last Stitch Along.
Thanks for joining us!

 
 
 
 
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Doodle Stitch Along: The Grand Finale!

February 04, 2011, 10:10 am  Posted by guestblogger
 

logo Hey guys, it’s Aimee Ray again with the final installment of our Doodle Stitch Along! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have, it’s been so much fun seeing all of your embroideries along the way. Today, I’m going to show you what I made with my motifs (including the toadstool house): a mini ticker tape quilt! I’ve loved ticker tape quilts since the first time I saw one and this was the perfect way to try making one. Let me tell you, this is my kind of project. Quick and easy, no patterns or measuring, and you can use up scrap fabric! This is a fun, freestyle, make it up as you go along quilt. I found this awesome tutorial online and followed it almost exactly. Also, if you’d like to add a few other stitched elements to your mini quilt, download some free embellishment motifs here.

My little quilt measures about 13 x 17 inches; I started by cutting out the front and back pieces and the batting and pinning them together. You can add fabric strips one by one as shown, but I wanted to space out the embroidered pieces and see what it would look like finished, so I put all my scraps in place and secured them with a tiny bit of fusible web before sewing them on. The tutorial says to use a walking foot, but I just used my standard sewing machine foot and it worked fine.

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Doodle Stitch Along: Motif #4!

January 28, 2011, 14:08 pm  Posted by guestblogger
 

logoHey guys, it’s Aimee Ray again, with another Doodle Stitch Along post! Can you believe we’re almost done? This is week number 4, and the last of the free patterns is up for grabs: a super cute toadstool house. Thanks to everyone who participated in our gnomes vs. toadstools poll… gnomes are just too hard to beat but enjoy anyway!

Be sure to visit our Flickr group and check out all the awesome embroidery being done by our Stitch Along participants! You guys are really blowing me away with your work! It’s great to see all the different variations. Come back and join us once again next Friday, as we wrap up our Stitch Along with a project you can use all of your stitched motifs in. Here’s my motif set from last week (at left).

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Doodle Stitch Along: Motif #3!

January 21, 2011, 10:10 am  Posted by guestblogger
 

logoHi again, Aimee Ray here! Happy Friday…it’s time for another Doodle Stitch Along installment!

Have you been having fun so far? I hope so, I have! There are so many awesome photos of your embroidered motifs in our flickr group, be sure and go have a look. You guys are getting very creative, I love it!

I’ve seen some great fill textures, added details, appliqué, beads and color tinting. It’s great to see so many different variations on the same patterns. Keep it up!

I stitched my boy and girl from last week separately on two different fabrics. Don’t worry if you embroidered them together, or how big you’re making your motifs, our final quilt project will be very flexible. :)

Grab this week’s new patterns (one, two) and be sure to leave a comment to enter and win this week’s prize package. Happy Stitching!

To enter for a chance to win an embroidery kit and a copy of Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, leave a comment on this post by 11 p.m. EST on January 27, 2011. Any comment will do, but, taking a note from our friends over at Feeling Stitchy, we want to hear which you think is cuter: gnomes or toadstools? Freakedoutnsmall is the winner! We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on  January 28. Click here for the official rules: http://www.larkcrafts.com/uncategorized/sweepstakesrules/

 
 
 
 
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Doodle Stitch Along: Motif #2!

January 14, 2011, 14:12 pm  Posted by guestblogger
 

Hi there, Aimee Ray here! It’s Friday and time for a Stitch Along check in! If you missed last week, don’t worry, we’d still love to  have you join us! Each week on Friday we’re giving away a free embroidery pattern motif from my book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif  Collection, and we’ll all be stitching them up together. So far, there  are lots of great photos in our flickr group of last week’s motif, be sure to go check them out! Grab this week’s pattern – a cute pair of woodland children! Stitch them up together or as separate motifs using your favorite floss colors and stitches.

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