Let Your “Inner Artist” Sketch with Thread

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Let Your “Inner Artist” Sketch with Thread

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Do you like to doodle? Many of us enjoy sketching or even scribbling absentmindedly, dreaming we’re budding artists! The same action can be translated to needle and thread, randomly stitching on small pieces of fabric while learning creative techniques.

Watch the Doodle Stitching TV show (Part One, Part Two, and Part Threeonline now. You’ll also find details, tips, and techniques in the new Doodle Stitching bookavailable at Nancy’s Notions.

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Clip ‘n Stitch Doodling

Let’s kick off Doodle Stitching Part Three with a Clip ‘n Stitch Doodle project. Small snippets of fabric fused to a background layer are the doodling tools. This is not a lengthy process, rather a random act of creativity!

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Popsicle Garden

One of the benefits of doodle stitching is becoming comfortable with free-motion quilting. Creating a Popsicle Garden is an ideal way to learn the tricks of the trade while stitching a whimsical work of art. Circles and rectangular shapes are all that’s needed, along with a little stitching time. Watch online to see how easy it is to try free-motion quilting on this smaller scale.

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Doodle Outside the Lines

Next on Doodle Stitching Part Three, a scarf was the fabric chosen for the last of the creative projects. Nancy liked the look of doubling the sheer layers to create even more subtle shades of color. Each section was roughly stitched with sketchy stitches. We liken the stitching to coloring in a book. You can’t make a mistake when you purposely Doodle Outside the Lines.

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The Book: Doodle Stitching

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  • Nancy guides you through her fun techniques for painting with thread and scraps of fabric. You don’t need to worry about perfection—these techniques are made to give you beautiful results, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sewist.
  • Nancy’s signature style of stress-free techniques and easy projects inspires and empowers. Plus, she shows you how to translate pencil-sketched doodles onto fabric with your sewing machine.

Doodle Stitching Book

  • Full color photographs and illustrations
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Double-wire binding so that pages lay flat when open—no more struggling to keep your page from turning or bending; plus it’s easier to keep your book right next to you as you work
  • Soft cover, 40 page book by Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy

Watch Doodle Stitching—Part Three  on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Have you ever done free-motion stitching (doodling), and which project in this blog gives you that incentive?  Leave a comment below to be eligible to win a copy of the Doodle Stitching Book, from Nancy’s Notions.

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The randomly selected winner of The Flying Sewing Machine book from the June 21 post is Charlotte Dunn.
The Flying Sewing Machine Book by Nancy ZiemanHer comment is: Nancy was such an inspiration and leaves a wonderful legacy. What a great idea to inspire children, and I would read it myself. I have a 4 year old granddaughter that loves to help me sew now. Regardless if it’s embroidery or making her doll clothes or quilts, she is fascinated. Her love of books began at birth and this is a must for her. Nancy is greatly missed by all. My granddaughter is by my side while I continue watching her shows.

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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33 Comments

  • Susie Furgason
    June 28, 2018

    I have dabbled with free motion stitching. I still need more practice. The popsicle project looks fun.

  • Susan
    June 28, 2018

    I made a quilted Halloween banner in which I did free motion stiching on the outer strips to look like free floating ghosts in a verigated thread. It was my 1st attempt and it does have a primitive charm to it. Clip ‘n Stitch doodling appeals to me because it is a great way to utize those scraps that you really don’t want to discard.

  • Julie Kill
    June 28, 2018

    I “Doodled” some quilting on a table runner, but that is the extent of my experience. I really like the nest project! that would be the first I would try. Thank you again for keeping Nancy’s legacy alive! Love her books and patterns!

  • Jade
    June 28, 2018

    I really want to try the Clip and Stitch doodle stitching, the branch with the birds nest is adorable! I have never tried doodling because I have tried and failed at any kind of free motion stitching, but if anyone can convince me to try it, Nancy can!

  • Susan Spiers
    June 28, 2018

    Love the clip & stitch idea! I have not tried any of these ideas, but would love to try!

  • Ann West
    June 28, 2018

    I have done a little doodling on charity quilts I have made. I really need to practice more, and this book could help me greatly in that area.

  • Bette McConkey
    June 28, 2018

    Doodle outside the lines looks like it could be fascinating. So many different options

  • Clovis
    June 28, 2018

    We all doodle. Machine doodling would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Max
    June 28, 2018

    I doodle on place mats and table runners, haven’t tired it on quilts, to date. So far my projects look like a beginner has completed it–yes, it was me 🙂

  • Sandra N
    June 28, 2018

    Clip and stitch doodle looks like a great way to create with scraps!

  • Linda
    June 28, 2018

    The scarf created with sheer layers is beautiful – I have never doodle-stitched on sheer fabric and need to give that a try. I love the fact that with doodle-stitching there really is no wrong – thank you, Nancy, for your legacy of wonderful tips and techniques!

  • Kathy Kauth
    June 28, 2018

    I have done small doodles on like pot holders just for the practice of it, I really love doing them.

  • Pam D
    June 28, 2018

    Clip and stitch is within my skill level and a good way to use up scraps. My previous attempts at FMQ have not been successful. I love the way Nancy’s legacy continues.

  • Charlotte Dunn
    June 28, 2018

    Who doesn’t love to doodle !!! Someone needs to take the idea of doodling and combine with a monthly desk calendar. When I put the big monthly calendar on my desk, I have it overflowing with doodles. There has to be a book idea there !!!
    Nancys love of nature and sewing is so inspiring. Seeing what she was able to do with a simple doodle amazes me every time I see her work. Blowing the little dandelion poof takes me back to being 6 years old again. Nancy was such a tremendous lady and lives on in our hearts. She was a treasure!!!

  • Beverly
    June 28, 2018

    I love sunflowers, so when a local quilt shop did a workshop using a sunflower panel to encourage people to do “thread painting” I was quick to sign up and I would like to use this book to expand the art.

  • Margaret Scott
    June 28, 2018

    Love the scarf with its vibrant colors.

  • DebbieW
    June 28, 2018

    Having never done free-motion stitching, the Popsicle Garden gives me the most incentive to give doodling a go…so cute.

  • Kathie Robbins
    June 28, 2018

    I have never tried this technique before, but that bird’s nest looks like it might be fun to try – heaven knows I have plenty of fabric scraps!!

  • Carole Plourde
    June 28, 2018

    I’ve never done free motion stitching but it is one of the techniques I’d love to learn. Nancy’s beautiful nest caught my eye and showed me the possibilities that this technique could be used for besides quilting. I’d love to win this beautiful book!

  • Gail Beam
    June 28, 2018

    I haven’t done any machine free motion sitiching since I did some on a jean skirt for my sister 40 years ago, but I would love to win this book to learn some new doodling techniques. I think all of her examples are so neat, but I loved the bird nest and the popsicle garden .

  • MoeWest
    June 28, 2018

    I’d like to try the Clip n Stitch project. I’ve done some FMQ but there’s lots of room for improvement!

  • Patti
    June 28, 2018

    First, thank you, Nancy, for your legacy of learning and enjoyment. I have spent many hours “with” Nancy just watching her and many times actually learning something. Nancy had such a confident manner and she presented so many interesting techniques. There were also many, many who benefitted from her unwavering support of so many humanitarian charities and projects. Nancy was one of a kind and she will be missed greatly. I have done one art project doodling and was instantly hooked. I have another one in mind but I still need some guidance. I would love this book!!!

  • Bridget
    June 28, 2018

    I have not tried free motion doodling but would love to try it. Thanks!

  • Bonnye
    June 28, 2018

    The Popsicle garden looks like fun. I would like to give this technique a try.

  • Pam
    June 28, 2018

    Clip and stitch looks like it would be fun to try!

  • Renee
    June 28, 2018

    I have always colored inside the lines. I want to learn to doodle.

  • Jenny O'Hara
    June 29, 2018

    No point me entering – I have NEVER won a thing in my entire 72 years so I would rather just BUY the book. I LOVE to sew like this with crazy stitching so could you please tell me how much and where I can order the book. I did a couple of trial runs on this type of stitching and altho not award winning, I really enjoyed it. Nancy was a beautiful woman and I miss seeing her – I once had the pleasure of meeting her in Huston – and memory to treasure.

  • Jacqueline Cavanaugh
    June 29, 2018

    Nancy’s ideas are always inspirational, and her instructions have always been well planned and easy to understand. Her doodling will be the same. Would love to win.

  • Bonnie
    June 29, 2018

    I have never attempted doodling, but I would like to try the clip n stitch technique. Love the bird nest design!

  • Julia Pennington
    July 4, 2018

    Unfortunately a lot of my free motion quilting resembles “doodling”! Just takes a lot of practice. Would really to win Nancy’s book!

  • Linda Ashley
    July 5, 2018

    I have tried some stitch painting but love to learn more about how I can use my inner self to create my own original works of art through this Nancy Zieman (my idol) book. We miss her!

  • Nikole
    September 17, 2018

    I love your blog. I always admire my grandmother when it comes to doodling, ending up to be my hobby. I learned a lot from her. Love watching your video.

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