Friday Farm Girl~ Doodle Stitching and Other Projects

>> Friday, February 4, 2011

Today in my Farm Girls @Heart post I want to share how I have discovered the love of Doodle Stitching. In years past I use to cross-stitch but now I have found with all the things this homeschool mama has to do. The mental power to do cross-stitching is to much. I like needlework that is more freeing and forgiving. I like how the author encourages you to carry on and create your own designs. I hope this coming year to spend some time each week just...doodling. And I hope to be able to create some of my own doodles. I love crafts that I can just play with colour and shapes and only the sky is the limit.

I also have been knitting a shawl for a charity. I hope in the next week or so this will be done. I have done a lot of complex designs but sometimes a very simple one will stump me, lol. The middle yarn overs that create the lacy holes sometimes will move to one side or the other. Not what I want. I have to be very careful this doesn't happen. I don't know if you can see it very well but I made a beaded stitch marker. I hope to be making some to put in a Etsy store. Trying to find a way to sell my crafts and not have to leave the home to do it.


( To read other Farm Girls @Heart and/or join in on the fun go visit my friend Lori's blog by clicking on the graphic)


Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 7:34 AM  

Oh Mary...simple stitches are such a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon. I like the one that you are creating right now :)

Yes, the simplest patterns tend to be the more complex....I have tried knitting, but to no avail. I think I should just stick with scarfs for now :-)

Your package is getting boxed and ready to be taken to the post on Monday.

Grace & Peace dear one,


Sharity February 4, 2011 at 8:01 AM  

Oh, Mary! Now you've got me wanting a Doodle Stitch book - the one for beginners. I just ordered a small stamped cross stitch sampler for beginners. Maybe after I complete that I'll look into the Doodle Stitch.

Love the birds you are doing, very cute!

I see the stitch marker - love it!

The shawl will be very nice, too. I want to make a small blanket for charity this month. Have you heard of Project Linus? They collect and donate blankets to hospitals, especially to children. February 19 is Make a Blanket Day. I hope to be able to participate.


Shelley February 4, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

Hello there

I came here via Jeanettes Sage - you have such a sweet blog - but what drew me was that you are canadagirl - I'm a girl living in Canada too but on the East coast - we actually just moved East from Alberta!

I love your doodle stitching - so sweet - I LOVE knitting lol

Have a great weekend!

Andi Carter February 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

Hi Mary!
You can find me at homesteadblogger as Farm Wife:

or you can find the blog where I write as Andi (from the books) on BLOGGER (the easier place to find me):

I hardly ever go over to the homestead blog, so come say hi in the Chat box on the blogger place.

Nice hearing from you!


Oh, I'll just follow you here. That will help keep in touch as well. :-)

Sally February 4, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

Funny you posted this just now! I was recently in a shop that had darling little pillows with doodle stitching and a verse on them, and I wondered if the artist had made up those designs. I'm so glad to know there are instructions! Thank you!

Illinois Lori February 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM  

Love it love it love it! That Doodle Stitch is really lovely, and I understand totally about "brain work" being too much with X-stitch. D-stitching would make such cool pillowcases, sheet edging, dishtowels, T-shirts...way cool, I think I'll have to try this in the summer!

Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 4:26 PM  

That doodle stitching looks fun, never seen it before. I'll have to see if there are any around here. :)


Kathryn February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM  

Hello lovely! I finally found you! I lost track of you, but saw your comment on Maria's blog. Do you remember me? I used to be kampsplete at HSB, and we were friends there. I'm so excited to read through your posts, and catch up with you!

Love, Kathryn

Wendy February 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM  

Well, so now I have to find out about Doodle Stitching! Never heard of it but it looks like fun. I really enjoy all the crafty things you post. Thanks!

La Vie Quotidienne February 4, 2011 at 9:10 PM  

What a lovely life you must sounds so wonderful. I love your 'doodle' stitching, I have never heard of it before. I like to do knitting, crocheting and needlepoint, maybe this is something I would like too. Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a nice comment.

Angel Wings and Apron Strings... February 5, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

Mary, your doodle stitchery is delightful!
Cross stitch is beautiful but this looks like more fun.
The shawl you are making for charity is lovely too-I really like the colour :-)
Someone is going to be very grateful to receive it!
bless you..Trish

Jenn4him February 5, 2011 at 6:39 AM  

Grace would love that needle work.

Shani February 5, 2011 at 7:35 AM  

Hi Sweetie~

LOVE that book, lttn - as you well know. I haven't had a chance to make anything from it yet, but it's at the top of my list soon. And you did the birds, which makes me laugh; they're the first things I wanted to start with. I just love them. You did a fantastic job!!! (((hugs)))

The shawl is coming along so very lovely. Well done! :) And your stitch marker is adorable; I've been wanting to make some pretty ones, too. :)

Have a wonderful Saturday!!
Shani xxx
p.s. finished another little throw pillow for the living room - too darn cute! lol

Janette@Janette's Sage February 6, 2011 at 6:21 AM  

This is great...I love that. I did so much more of this when my first four were younger, than the teen years hit and I seemed to home school in the car, running from one teen event to another and left behind my hand I am returning to it, so thanks for new resources.

Laura February 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM  

Hello Mary!
I keep coming across your comments on other blogs I visit, and I've always enjoyed them...and so I just had to stop by and say, "hello!"

I am an avid crafter...but have to admit that I've never heard of doodle stitching til now! It looks like so much fun! Did you do all yours in french knots? Is that they way it is done...or do you use any embroidery stitch of your own choosing? Thanks for sharing this!

Have a blessed week,

Canadagirl February 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM  

Hi Laura,

I used the stem stitch in the bird picture. Both books show different basic embroidery stitches you can use. The author encourages you to try different things and be creative. I think that is what I love the most about her books. I hate always doing things they way everyone else does. I need to somehow personalize it. You won't be disappointed with these books.

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