Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose, we all clap hands together (and then sip wine) Last day of school yesterday, can you tell?

Here we are at the end of the stitchy bits for the foxy stitchalong. At this point I think you’re all familiar with my sense of humour and will appreciate how funny I find it that mixing up the words of inky stitches, gives you stinky itches! Which has even come out of my mouth by accident once or twice. Not only am I uncoordinated physically, I can be quite unco verbally.

Once you have finished the fox, then comes the exciting part of what he will become. You could make a cushion to be cuddled and loved, which I will be showing you how to do in a tutorial, he could be framed to sit proudly on a wall or put into a quilt to adorn a bed. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, for the stitchy bits may be nearing an end but I must keep a little something up my sleeve.


Rainbow bright –1606 Butterfly

Rainbow pastel –1109 Petunia

Fresh modern – 1202 Dark Yew

On trend – 709 Tool Shed

Shabby Chic –2201 Tinkerbell

Mud pie – 305 Gumnut

Jewel – 416 waterwheel

Aubergine – 807 Silver Birch

Rainforest – 1206 Lyrebird walk

We begin with the ears which are stitched with back stitch for the diagonal lines and stem stitch for the outlines and center line.


The eye is stitched with stem stitch for the sideways V shape, two little straight stitches for the top eyelashes, single wrap french knots for the dots sitting under the eye and satin stitch for the eye itself, going in a horizontal direction. The nose is also stitched with satin stitch but going in a vertical direction.


Happy stitching and see you soon for the exciting reveal of the contents of my sleeve (I promise it’s not a hanky)

Colour No.8

Hellloooo foxy people. What a month it has been in my little world. We’ve had the AQM – Australian Quilt Market. It was absolute madness at CGT headquarters in preparation for our only wholesale market of the year. This is the first year of my role change since having Dottie just over a year ago from admin/all the other bits and pieces to marketing/product developement. This is the first time we have gone to the AQM with a plan and a lot more furniture – note to self: next year we’re hiring a truck! We did provide some entertainment to onlookers when playing car tetris, while having quite the giggle ourselves. I had a picture of the booth scribbled out in greylead on a piece of paper, but every detail mapped out in my mind. It was a very successful weekend and the stand out was of course, inky stitches. Here are some photos of the booth…



With barely a minute to unpack our bags (and the car!) we had my brother’s wedding the following saturday. Set in a little church at Mardan, 15 minutes from our little town of Mirboo North with the reception at the Mardan hall. The entire wedding was charming, romantic and magical, the only way a small country wedding can be. Here are a couple of happy snaps ( shhhh I pinched the first dance photo from the brides facebook page, I hope she doesn’t mind)


And now back to regular programming…

No.8 colours

Rainbow bright –608 Sea Change

Rainbow pastel –907 Crocus

Fresh modern – 312 Butterbean

On trend – 1108 Mill Rose

Shabby Chic –1101 Apricot Ice

Mud pie – 1902 307 Dandelion

Jewel – 705 Burgundy

Aubergine – No.1 Misty Morning

Rainforest – 803 Pea Soup

The two leaves on the left hand side of the tail are stitched first with satin stitch for the solid lines within the leaves, then stem stitch the spine and outline. Remember that the little inward stitches on the outline are just a little straight stitch.


The lovely little wavy leaves on the hind leg are stitched in the same way as a few we have already stitched in previous installments. Stitch the backstitch first, it’s much easier to stitch the stem stitched lines after the backstitch. Say that ten times really fast!!!


Lastly for colour 8 is this single little leaf stitched with stem stitch for the outline and spaced backstitch for the dashed line of the spine.


Happy Stitching


Colour No. 6

Hello foxy people!

We celebrated Dottie’s first birthday this week with a little party (the great thing about having 5 kids is that you really don’t have to invite many extra people, just add balloons and cake, instant party . Which may explain why my house is in a constant state of party aftermath)

We also celebrated my husband – Damien’s second consecutive grand final win for the Warragul Industrials Reserve side. This was his last season before hanging up the boots for good as our two boys move up through the years with their footy. Isn’t he such a good father, making sacrifices for his children,  but all us footy wives (otherwise know as Mrs – whatever your husbands nickname is)  know there comes the time when too old, too sore beats the game. We nod and agree like we haven’t been telling him the same thing for about three years. Good idea, honey.

Here he is, bottom left. Such a civilised bunch, reminds me of when I nail satin stitch without having to redo any stitches.


I hope your week has been filled with celebrations too. Any small win should be celebrated. Got the washing hung out before ‘wet basket’ smell set in? Fist pump to that! Got through the week without wearing anything inside out, woohoo!

Here’s to celebrating any amount of stitching time!

No.6 colours

Rainbow bright –1301 Rosalie

Rainbow pastel –312 Butterbean

Fresh modern – 309 Wattle Blossom

On trend – 807 Silver Birch

Shabby Chic –905 Lambs Ear

Mud pie – 313 Compost

Jewel – 307 Dandelion

Aubergine – 807 Silver Birch

Rainforest – No.1 Lichin

Colour number 6 starts with the first leaf on the tail. This entire leaf is stitched with chain stitch.


Moving on to the far right side of the fox with more of the encroaching stem you used in colour number one. The single lines are regular stem stitch. There is a few french knots here as well, stitched with two wraps of the needle.


The last position of colour number 6 is in this cute leaf on the fox’s back. This leaf is a combination of chain stitch for the outline, stem stitch for the centre line and satin stitch for the solid details.



Happy stitching.

xx Mrs. Dawso

Colour No.5

Hello foxy people! Can you believe we’re already up to colour number 5?!? Our foxes are really starting to come alive as each colour is stitched. I love it when I get to unravel a new colour, it’s like the fresh page of a notebook.

No.5 colours

Rainbow bright –1606 Butterfly

Rainbow pastel –2105 Chicory

Fresh modern – 2202 Tutu

On trend – 317 Smoke Bush

Shabby Chic – 109 Katies Blush

Mud pie – 1904 Pebble

Jewel – 416 Water Wheel

Aubergine – 914 African Violet

Rainforest – 416 Water Wheel


There are three places we stitch with colour number 5. The first is this little bunch of leaves on the tail. This is all stitched with the familiar stem stitch. In order to get that sharp point at the tip of the leaf, pass your needle to the back of the fabric right on the tip of the point and turn your work over. Take a little stitch through the back of the last stitch before going back through to the front of your work in the same stitch hole you made coming through to the back. This will anchor your stitch and allow you to pivot the stem stitch without it just popping out.

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The second spot we use colour number 5 is on this other bunch of leaves. The outline of the leaves and the stem is stitched with chain stitch. This is a stitch we haven’t used yet in the stitch-along and I really wanted to have my video ready to pop up with this post but it isn’t quite ready to go. Rather than keeping you in suspenders for too much longer I’ve had a quick looksie and I’m going to borrow a tutorial from a great website called Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials. http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/stitch/chain-stitch/chain-stitch/ . So now I.O.U three tutorials – French knots, satin stitch and chain stitch.

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The final spot for colour number 5 is this lovely leaf. This is all stitched in chain stitch with the exception of the little stitch that creates the point on the line. This is just a little straight stitch as a chain stitch would be too bulky here.

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Happy stitching and see you soon for those video tutorials!

Colour No. 4

Hello Foxy people! We have reached the half way point with colour number four of eight. I hope you’re liking the additions of the super close up shots. I really don’t have anywhere to hide now, you can see it all, every stitch.

No.4 colours

Rainbow bright –1602 Cocoon

Rainbow pastel – 208 Lettuce Leaf

Fresh modern – 1202 Dark Yew

On trend – 709 Tool Shed

Shabby Chic – 805 Tea Rose

Mud pie – 305 Gumnut

Jewel – 1206 Lyrebird Walk

Aubergine – 904 Hellebore

Rainforest – 1206 Lyrebird Walk

Colour No.4 begins with this leaf, stitched with stem stitch outline and spine. The diagonal vein lines are a small backstitch and the dot details are french knots with two wraps. On second thought, I went back and stitched the stem of the leaf with stem stitch also.

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As with the previous leaves, the outlines are stem stitched and the diagonal vein lines are backstitched, the only difference being the second line of stem around the outline of each leaf.

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Colour No.4 finishes off with simple backstitch on this row of leaves. It’s a small backstitch but not teeny tiny in comparison to the veins in the colour No.2 leaves you see in this photo.

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Happy Stitching

Xx Katie

Colour No.3

Hey there foxy people. Can I get a high five for education! Kids are back at school and now I can be still and think my very own thoughts, eat my own food and count past three. Speaking of number three, here are the colours for our third instalment.

 No.3 colours

Rainbow bright – 1502 Rainbow

Rainbow pastel – 1109 Petunia

Fresh modern – 2401 Hatchling

On trend – 2406 Duckling

Shabby Chic – 800 Sage

Mud pie – 1903 Marble

Jewel – 916 Granny bonnet

Aubergine – 812 Eggplant

Rainforest – No.1 Rolling stone

These leafy things are tricky little buggers so I am going to do a video on them to explain how I do satin stitch. The bottom fat bit is backstitched in a medium stitch size and the dashed lines are spaced backstitch, not running stitch. If you remember from my backstitch video, spaced backstitch sits alot nicer than running stitch.


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Sorry for the blurry photo on this one. The outline of the leaves and the veins/stem are stem stitch. The diagonal vein lines are a medium sized backstitch. You only have two bits to stitch this time so you should have that done in a jiffy. (sorry for the sarcasm, I’ve been spending too much time with my twelve year old. Whatevs)


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Colour No.1

I know you’ve all been waiting so patiently for some real action. So here we go…

This stitch-along is broken down into 8 parts, one for each colour thread. Stitch tutorials will be a separate reference for you to use so you won’t have to watch them repeatedly. You may already know the stitches and just need to know what goes where. Stitch tutorials can be found here.

I recommend that you have a scribble cloth to practice and experiment with stitches, especially if you go on to stitch other colouring book illustrations that you don’t have a direct visual reference for stitch placement. You won’t have to undo nearly as much stitching with a scribble cloth because if the stitch doesn’t work out the way you though it would, you just move on. The scribble cloth should have weaveline as well and this is why I provide two fat quarters of fabric and a half metre of weaveline. Enough for your fox and enough for a scribble cloth.

Each colour from the nine colourways has a corresponding number. The first colour we will be stitching with from each of the colourways is as follows:

Rainbow bright – 610 Red hot poker

Rainbow pastel – 2202 Tutu

Fresh modern – Chinese lantern No.1

On trend – 1104 Sweet Melon

Shabby Chic – 2101 Bluebell

Mud pie – 1906 Clay

Jewel – Zinnia No.1

Aubergine – 411 Grand Ridge

Rainforest – 310 Carrot Seed

Before we get started stitching, I have made a little video on how I thread a needle. I know, I know it sounds silly that you might need a video on how to thread a needle but, you may not even know there is another way.

Then there is the knot my Mum taught me. It probably has a proper name but it will forever be known to me as ‘the one Mum taught me’.

We are going to start off at the foxes nose with stem stitch up and over his forehead to his ear. Stem stitch is detailed in the stitch tutorial here, along with encroaching stem which I have used to fill the solid lines. With each of the solid filled lines, I began stitching at the pointy end, merging from stem into encroaching stem. Not all of the lines are filled, some are only outlined with the fine line of stem stitch. The only other stitch used here is french knot dots (the tutorial for french knots will be added shortly, the kids have been sharing their bugs with me and I’ve come down with a nasty throat) . These french knots are made with a single wrap.


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The legs are stitched with stem  stitch as well. The claws are satin stitch which is similar to encroaching stem, just stitched straight up and down rather than on an angle. I will be making a tutorial on Satin stitch when it comes into play a little more. If you are not confident with satin stitch, just leave the claws for now.


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The curve of his leg is stitched with stem stitch that transitions into encroaching stem as the line widens. The back legs are stitched the same as the front legs.


The tail outline is stitched with stem stitch. The diagonal line details at the top are stitched with single stitch. The french knots on the left are single wrap french knots and the french knots on the right are double wrapped.


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Happy Stitching

Xx Katie