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A Favour



A Favour


Good morning ♫♬♪♫♬


I just love the simplicity of this design.


Here, silk ribbon embroidery was used for the roses, the rose leaves and the green railing.





Simple stitches were used to embellish her dress and her hair was made by stitching it with locks of doll’s hair used for porcelain doll-making.


It is such a lovely project :))


I will show you how in the close-up pictures that follow.



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1. Use a strand of any fine white thread (such as machine embroidery cotton, or Rajmahal Art Silk) to form the detail on her dress.


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2. Embroider the solid lines in stem stitch – make two rows alongside each other to form a thicker line.


Form the round dots with a French knot. Make some flower petals in straight stitch, others in pistil stitch, working from the centre outwards.


Form the edge of the scalloped lacy hem in straight stitch, varying the length and the gap between the stitches….


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3. Here, single-knotted stitch was used for the lacy neckline – see single-knotted stitch in the stitch gallery.


Use blanket stitch for the sleeve cuff and stem and straight stitch for the creases on the sleeve. Do the same for edge of the sleeves.


Change to one strand of a peach-coloured thread and use long and short stitch to form the belt. Use a gentle tension whilst you stitch. Make the knot of the belt with the pink (no. 114) silk ribbon and use straight stitch.


Make French knots to form the detail of the sand dunes in the background.


Embroider the rose in her hand with the pink silk ribbon and use ribbon stitch, working from the centre outwards. Stitch over a spare tapestry needle to form petals that are raised off the surface of the design. The green stem is made in twisted straight stitch and the leaves in straight or ribbon stitch….

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4. The hair: Thread up with a few strands of the doll’s hair and working from the outer edges up towards her bun, make long locks of hair alongside each other. Use invisible thread to secure the locks in place with tiny stab stitches.


Wind the locks of hair to form the bun, as you would with your own hair. Use a gentle tension and secure the bun in place as before.


Change to the pink 4mm no. 114 silk ribbon and form the bow with French knots and the tails with a straight stitch. Use a gentle tension for the tails and twist the ribbon once or twice before inserting the needle to the back of your work.



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Hope you enjoyed this little lesson!


If you would like to embroider this design, have a look here for more information


Enjoy your day



4 thoughts on “A Favour”

  1. Thanks so much for this precious lesson, I bought this design many, many years ago but did not know what to do or where to begin, I am so inspired by this, can’t wait to start and with the guidance I know it will come out a masterpiece, thank you so much.

  2. WOW! this lady is so lovely! Did you use a sheer fabric for her dress? I’m so impressed!

    I found your site when looking for ideas for embroidering hair. I’m getting ready to embroider a large piece that includes an angel and wanted ideas for her hair.

    Thank you for your beautiful embroidery!

  3. How is the hair done? Is this technique and the hair included in the kit? Also I am the one that wanted to order the girl and the horse kit that is no longer available due to an expired license for the image. Is there any other sites or places that might still have a kit for this for sale. I completely fell in love with it and want to do it so badly. Is there a way to contact the license holder privately? I have search high and low and the internet and can’t find it anywhere else 🙁

    thank you,

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