embroidery project: doily

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of taking the Artistic Embroidery class with Kat McTee at The Stitch Lab in South Austin. After falling in love with this doily-themed embroidery project, I knew I wanted to try out something similar.

I started off using a simple circular design that I found in a book at the sewing studio. I transferred the design to my piece of linen and then started stitching, embellishing the pattern as I went along. I experimented with a variety of stitches, including a modified blanket fan, to create a sampler of sorts.

One of my favorite sections of the doily is its center, which features a cluster of French knots.

I finally framed the piece last week and finished the back off with a vintage sheet.

UPDATE: This piece won the white category in Feeling Stitchy's Rainbow of Stitches Contest!


  1. Ooooh! I love this so much! great work! Clusters of French Knots rock!

  2. I've never heard of Salty Oat cookies, but they sound very much like something that I would like... a lot.

    I found you through your work in the Flickr embroidery pool, I really like your piece, it's beautiful, and complex and simple all at the same time. Very nice!

    Have a great weekend,

  3. Your embroidery work is beautiful! I love that doily design.

  4. lovely projects... a bunch of them on a wall could look really nice!

  5. Thanks, Evie! Your work is beautiful, too!

    You're totally right, Punctuation Mark! I'd love to hang a bunch together; I need to keep stitching!

  6. this is amazing! do you have the pattern for sale anywhere? i am framing a bunch of my grandmother's doilies and love the idea of breaking up the collection with embroidered ones like you made.

  7. Hi, Rozlyn! Thank you! I actually don't have a pattern available, though I would be happy to stitch up a custom doily for you and list it in my Etsy shop. If you're interested, please feel free to send me an e-mail: saltyoat [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!


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