Chicken Scratch Embroidery

I have been wanting to try this embroidery method for a long time. I discovered it while looking through Pinterest years ago, but never actually did anything. The embroidery guild I belong to ran a Chicken Scratch embroidery program a couple of weeks ago and I signed up.

This heart was my first try and what we did at the program. This method of stitching is really easy and really only made up of straight stitches, cross stitches, and a little bit of needle weaving.

This was my next pattern. We were given a packet of information and this was in it. This took me quite awhile as I am a slow stitcher, but it is really enjoyable.

This was the last pattern in our packet and was super fun to stitch. I can see more of this in my future!

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

I have always wanted to learn Chicken Scratch Embroidery.  There are so many examples if you do a Google search.  I found some really good tutorials on the needlenthread site and decided to give it a try.

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I simply LOVE red and white gingham!!

First I chose my fabric and put in a 1/4″ hem all the way around.IMG_0756

Then I just started stitching!  I am doing this “in hand” right now, but am finding that keeping the tension consistent is giving me a little bit of a challenge.  I think once I finish up these green leaves, I’ll put it in a hoop and see it that make it a little easier.  I know that when I’m done, giving it a good press will even things out as well.