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Aimee Ray is the author of the popular and delightful Doodle Stitching series. Our Farmer’s Market Tote Bag from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs is a favorite project here at Sew,Mama,Sew!, and Doodle-Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners is a well-loved classic in our sewing libraries. Today Aimee is celebrating the release of a new book in the series, Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More.

Aimee explores beautiful stitching techniques with over twenty projects in the book. We think the Redwork & Crewel section alone is reason to buy the book. (Hansel and Gretel Storybook Panels! Crewel Family Tree!) The Sashiko & Shisha projects are also completely wonderful, with an entirely different look.

Today’s Mushroom Pincushion project below is the project on the cover of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More. Learn how to do Stumpwork and add three-dimensional elements to your stiching!

Aimee is giving away a copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond: Crewel, Cross Stitch, Sashiko & More. Add a comment below about your stitching experiences for a chance to win the book. Are you new to embroidery? Are you a true fan of Aimee’s work? Have you made something special with crewel, cross stitch or any of the other techniques in Aimee’s latest book? Let’s talk stitching! Aimee will be back next month with another fun project…

Mushroom Pincushion

Stumpwork is used to create three dimensional embroidery art. Padded Stumpwork pieces are the most basic technique, created by stitching a small felt piece onto a background and then stitching over it with the Satin Stitch to create a rounded shape. This is how you can create the cute mushrooms on this simple to sew pincushion!

What You Need:

  • 7×2 inch piece of blue felt
  • 7×1 inch piece of green felt
  • 1 blue and 1 green, 2 inch felt circles
  • Small scraps of red and white felt
  • Pattern
  • Stuffing
  • Embroidery floss
  • One skein each of dark coral 349, coral 351, light coral 352, green 471, blanc (white)

Satin Stitch, Straight Stitch, Running Stitch, Stab Stitch, Whip Stitch

1. Cut the green felt according to the pattern and stitch it to the blue felt using small running stitches.

2. Using the patterns, cut 5 mushroom top shapes and 5 bottoms from red and white felt.

3. For each mushroom, start by stitching a bottom felt piece in place on the felt background using the stab stitch (see figure). Keep your stitches small and close together.

4. Using white floss, stitch a Satin Stitch vertically over the felt piece (see above).

5. Now stitch the mushroom top in place, tucking a small amount of stuffing underneath. Stitch a horizontal Satin Stitch over the felt piece.

6. Stitch a few Satin Stitch spots on the mushroom top. Don’t pull your stitches too tightly.

7. Continue to stitch the rest of the mushrooms in the same way.

8. Fold the felt strip into a circle, overlapping the ends slightly, sew them together using the Whip Stitch.

9. Sew the bottom circle in place at the base with the Whip Stitch.

10. Sew the top circle in place at the top, tucking stuffing inside.