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A little Fairy….


Good afternoon Stitching World ♪ …hope you are having a good day 



Today I thought I would show you how to make a little girl’s hair

and a lovely flower garland.




This example is from the little girl fairy in the Black Medick Fairies design from my Flower Fairy ™ book


Embroider the hair


With two strands of medium brown silk thread

work over a spare tapestry needle in straight stitch.

Use a very loose tension for a natural effect. 



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Work between the stitches and

do keep going back, inserting the needle

between the stitches for a smooth finish.


Change to darker brown thread and add more locks of hair.


Lift the stitches up off the surface of the design

with a spare tapestry needle to form looser curls.












To form the curls at her ear, hold the thread as you

form the stitch so that it curls towards her cheek.


If necessary, use one strand of matching thread

(on a separate needle) and a make a tiny stab stitch

to position the curved stitch on the design.


Work over previous stitches to form a soft layer of curls.

Lift the stitches every now and then

with the spare tapestry needle.





















Curve the stitches in place with your fingertip.












Lift the stitches as you did before.












Keep going back between the previous stitches.

Be careful not to split the threads and alternate

between medium and dark brown thread

for natural highlights.

Or use one strand of each colour on the same needle.












Work towards the nape of her neck.

Stitch over the spare needle to form soft, raised curls.

Make the stitches a little shorter as you reach

the end of her hair.












Repeat for the other side of her parting.

Make long, slanted straight stitches. 












Lift all the curls with the tapestry needle.






















…and Voila! 













Make the garland 



Form the garland stem with green

7mm silk ribbon


and twist the needle so that the ribbon


forms a thin stem.


Insert needle back into the fabric.












Still holding the needle at the back of your work

(so that the ribbon does not unwind) gently lift the

coiled ribbon to fit loosely on her head.



Cut the ribbon at the back, leaving a small tail

in case you need to change the position of the stem

while you stitch.


Use green thread to secure the stem

with tiny stab stitches.

End off at the back, securing the tail.











Make the yellow flowers



The little yellow flowers are made separately,

cut out and applied onto the hair.



Trace four flower shapes (about 1cm or 3/8 inch in diameter)

onto a block of fine cotton lawn or interfacing.

Place the fabric in a hoop.



Use 4mm yellow ribbon and loop stitch

to form the petals.












Work over a spare tapestry needle

and secure each loop with brown thread

by stitching along the base of the loops. 












Use the same thread and make tiny stem stitches

along the edge of the shape.


You could also use tiny split stitches.











Hold the loops out of the way

as you stitch around the outline. 












Cut out the shape, leaving a small seam.

Once you are holding the flower in your hand,

cut it out neatly along the stitched edge.

Hold the petals out of the way as you cut.












Secure the yellow flowers on top of her hair.

Use brown thread and tiny stab stitches.

Work through all the layers with a gentle tension

so as not to flatten her hair.

























Hope you will find this technique useful

for one of your projects!



To find out more about this lovely Fairy,

you are welcome to have a look at the Fairy book here

Enjoy the rest of this lovely Tuesday – or what’s left of it!




Di ♥


7 thoughts on “A little Fairy….”

  1. Di I love this little fairy she is beautiful, and you make her even more so with your stitching, I have almost finished the patio, I am doing the tree and then it is complete, I will put a photo on my facebook page for you to see when it is done. Harry said to say hello and to let you know that if you come to Victoria that you are most welcome to stay for a while, bye for now have a wonderful day.

  2. this is amazing – i am justing starting out but seeing work like this makes me all the more excited. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to learning from you.


  3. Whoa, the hair, I could not do hair at all, was trying to do straight hair (with artificial hair) for a little doll…without any success. In the end I made curls, which was easy. I still want to use real hair and cannot do it. I will definitely try silk thread next time.

  4. oh this tutorial is very good
    im every days and have free time going to your website and enjoy this picture and tutorial
    thank u dear di van

  5. سلام من یک ایرانی هستم در استان بوشهر زندگی میکنم وعاشق روبان دوزی هستم خوشحالم که با سایت شما اشنا شدم امیدوارم که بتونم با دنبال کردن اموزشهای شما یه روزی مثل شما روبان دوزی کنم

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