Sew Artistic Thread Sketches with Doodle Stitching

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Sew Artistic Thread Sketches with Doodle Stitching

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FirstCollage NancyZieman DoodleStitch 1Create small works of fiber art! We’ve all doodled, sketching with short pencil strokes or shapes in the margins of notes or homework. In part one of the Sewing With Nancy program, Doodle Stitching, you’ll learn to translate those sketched doodles onto fabric with sewing machine stitches. The sewing is fast, and the end result very gratifying.

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Watch the new Doodle Stitching TV show online now. You’ll also find details, tips, and techniques in the new Doodle Stitching book, available at Nancy’s Notions.

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Zigzag Doodles

In Doodle Stitching Part One, Nancy begins by doodling with a zigzag stitch. Queen Ann’s Lace flowers can easily be sketched with a condensed zigzag stitch and a little sewing savvy. You’ll be impressed how using what’s commonly known as a bartack stitch can turn into an artistic design.

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Sketch ‘n Stitch

Odds and ends of silk cut into squares and stitched to a fabric showcase is the next doodle project in Doodle Stitching Part One. Learn to use a single motif of a decorative stitch that’s already programmed into your sewing machine as part of the doodling process. Like the pencil and paper sketching, each Sketch ‘n Stitch project is its own, unique work of art.

Doodle Stitching Part One by Nancy Zieman

Playful Decorative Stitching

Odds are, most of us who sew or quilt rarely use the decorative stitches built in or programmed into our machines. These artistic stitches are just waiting to be tested and featured in an upcoming project. Nonchalantly testing out a variety of stitches on fabric without care of direction is our next doodle stitching experiment. Not only can you create an interesting art piece, you’ll see what magical stitches your machine has in store for you.

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The Book: Doodle Stitching

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  • We’ll guide you through fun techniques for painting with thread and scraps of fabric. Don’t 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, We’ll show 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 online.

Doodle Stitching by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy | Sketchbook to Sewing Machine

Where/when would you doodle in a sketchbook? Leave a comment below to be eligible to win a copy of the Doodle Stitching Book, from Nancy’s Notions.

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Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of  10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans book from the June 7 post is Janet Johnson.

10 20 30 Minute Recycled Denim by Nancy Zieman

Her comment is:

That apron is so cute. It would be great to use when you are having a garage sale or when you are shopping at a garage sale. It is very cute. I would love to see what else is in the book…



Happy Sewing,


Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Jane McLean
    June 14, 2018

    I’m planning a 16-section art quilt, inspired by Clemetine shop in Rockland, ME. I would love to learn doodle stitching techniques–they would contrast nicely with sashiko hand stitching and other surface embellishments. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Ennis A
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle most when talking with friends over the phone. Love the decorative stitches pillow. My goodness!!!! I could have had several of those from testing out my machine stitches. Just didn’t realize it!!!!! Thanks.

  • Tifeni Whittington
    June 14, 2018

    For years I have been wanting to really develop skills in thread painting and designing using the built in stitches on my machine. This book is exactly what I need. I would love to win it. Thank you for tjat opportunity.

  • Eva Osmun
    June 14, 2018

    I love thread painting and would love to learn more techniques like this. Every design is unique

  • Teresa M Edington
    June 14, 2018

    I have a couple of sketch books I use when I have this big idea for a quilt. I love drawing out what I think of and hoping I can put it in fabric.

  • Carol Kojis
    June 14, 2018

    I would doodle sketch when flowers are blooming in my little prairie in front of the house. They are so diverse in shape and color but so short lived. I would love to sketch them, then capture them in colored fabric & thread so I could see them year round in my sewing room!

  • Phyllis McCord
    June 14, 2018

    Practising free motion quilting is often tedious – not wanting to use a quilt yet not wanting to use up scraps (non productive). Combining FMQ with doodle stitching allows me to practise control while allowing for wonky stitching.

  • Susan Spiers
    June 14, 2018

    Doodling ideas come when the urge hits! – anytime of day or night! Wonderful!

  • Marlene Olson
    June 14, 2018

    I would doodle stitch the beauty found in the natural things around my yard, pine cones, trillium, lily pads, etc. What fun!

  • Pam D
    June 14, 2018

    I haven’t done much with the decorative stitches on my machine. The pillow is a good idea. Also interested in thread painting. So far my attempts at free motion have not gone well. I have an older machine.

  • Laura M
    June 14, 2018

    I like to doodle in a sketch book first thing in the morning. i do have a small book in my purse to use if I have an idea “when I’m out”. This sounds like an excellent book full of wonderful ideas.

  • Clovis
    June 14, 2018

    Where/When can be anyplace. If we go on a trip, I have a pad where I can write my notes on or draw a picture of an item I saw.

  • Susan
    June 14, 2018

    I would enjoy to doodle sketch on my porch looking out into the yard seeing flowers, birds and other parts of nature.

  • Jean Palionis
    June 14, 2018

    Great idea to go from blah to beautiful. What an inspiring book. This book would be wonderful to own.

  • Pam
    June 14, 2018

    I would doodle my flowers and the plants I see as I go around to different places. I can use this to add to outfits I already have planned.

  • Kathleen
    June 14, 2018

    I have always been a doodler but I never imagined doodling with my sewing machine! I’d love to win this book because it would give me the inspiration to put my doodles on fabric rather than paper.

  • Thunder
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle in the waiting room, for Dr or dentist appointments. I doodle in the break room at work, after I eat my lunch..

  • Julia Pennington
    June 14, 2018

    I made one of the Queen Anne lace designs after watching Nancy do it on one of the shows and loved it. So much fun. Would love to win the book!

  • Julie Kill
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle whenever I need to think, or when I have time on my hands.
    I believe it allows me to be a little creative, and to get the creative side of my brain motivated. Thanks for the chance to learn a new skill!

  • Deanna Klintworth
    June 14, 2018

    I love to doodle, never thought of making something by sewing, works perfectly with my true love, quilting.

  • Mary
    June 14, 2018

    Looks like fun, I would like to try some of these projects.

  • Karen
    June 14, 2018

    I don’t doodle on paper but this has peaked my interest to doodle with thread.

  • Margaret Scott
    June 14, 2018

    I admit I do not doodle. But I have experimented with my fancy stitches on small projects. I would enjoy practicing with NANCY’s Doodle Stitches.

  • Tani Fischer
    June 14, 2018

    I’ve never seen this. Brilliant idea! I have 7 grandkids. Several of them doodle some pretty amazing stuff! I love to do needlework! This would be a great gift ;).

  • Joyce
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle with paper and pen but have not tried with my sewing machine. When my grand kids say, “make me a doodle”, I will try with the sewing method and see what happens.

  • Cindy
    June 14, 2018

    I have not doodled in a long time but I have done some hand embroidery in the past. This book sounds interesting and worth a try by hand and machine. Thanks

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    June 14, 2018

    Have any other winners received their prizes? I never have. When I inquired, I got this reply. I still haven’t received my templates and I have not gotten a reply to my second inquiry about when the templates will arrive.

    “May 23, 2018

    Thank you for following and commenting on the Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC blog. You are the randomly selected winner of “Nancy’s Grandmother’s One Patch Template Collection”.

    Your comment is, I would love to win the template package. I have been wanting to make a hexagon quilt but have been worried about sewing all the angles. The mod hex would be so much simpler. I need to explore mod prints and colors for the challenge since it is outside my comfort zone. I usually stick to more traditional. This will be a fun new challenge.

    The giveaway is on its way.”

  • Elizabeth Lewis
    June 14, 2018

    I would capture ideas while I am enjoying a beautiful view.

  • Kasie Ledford
    June 14, 2018

    I have a tendency to doodle while I’m on the phone, especially if I’m on hold. My phonebook looks a mess!

  • Janet johnson
    June 14, 2018

    I sometimes doodle when I am watching t.v. I have, however, saved drawings from my child when he was young and from my granddaughter. I would love to make a small quilt from these drawings and maybe add some of my doodles too.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    June 14, 2018

    Anytime you’re waiting is a good time to doodle, such as a Dr’s office or bank. I admit I used to doodle more, but would love to try doodle stitching. It looks like fun! Love the pillow!

  • Iris Landingham
    June 14, 2018

    Most of us don’t realize what a great springboard doodling can be for amazing artistic creations. If we cast a discerning eye on what we have subconsciously doodled, we may find a potential “pattern in the making” and the inspiration to get started on it.

  • L Watson
    June 14, 2018

    I tend to doodle when I sit down and figure out the next week’s schedule and menu for the family. I like the Queen Ann’s Lace art.

  • L Watson
    June 14, 2018

    In response to Kathryn Englebretsen, I too have been told I won a giveaway and have not received anything. I was supposed to have won “Machine Embroidery in Six Easy Lessons” by Eileen Roche, because my comment had been randomly selected. This was on May 3, 2018, so far I have not received a personal email confirmation or the item. After a few phone calls I did get an email that someone was going to check on that for me, but so far, nothing. My story isn’t done yet….my daughter was just randomly selected to win the Free Motion Framework book from the June 5 post. So far she has not received any personal confirmation email either, or any item in the mail. In the past, I did win something, and I received a personal email telling me I won , I believe before it was even announced in the next posting. So, I think there is some problem going on here.

  • Ellen
    June 14, 2018

    Meetings! No matter how interesting, I doodle mindlessly.

  • Claudia DINARDO
    June 14, 2018

    I tend to Doodle when on the phone and listening to someone. Also I doodled at meetings when I was working. I would love to be able to turn the doodle into a beautiful work of art.

  • Robin B
    June 14, 2018

    My granddaughter is 6 and designing with fabrics (mostly garments) that she has. When I watched the video, I immediately thought that she would enjoy doodling with the sewing machine to create embellishments for her creations while learning with creating small pieces of art. I would enjoy being able to guide her with these techniques. What a wonderful opportunity, thank you!

  • Linda Curtis-Stolper
    June 14, 2018

    I need a new denim shirt, but don’t want a generic one. Doodling with thread would be the perfect personalization! Thanks for the inspiration – hope to win the book to help make it happen.

  • Sarah
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle on the side of my school work sometimes. I also like to draw on sunny days when you can get inspiration from outside.

  • Jeannette Bruun
    June 14, 2018

    I love the idea of doodle designs like the ones I do when on the phone or when trying to write something and nothing’s coming together. I’ve been interested in making little evening purses and this would be perfect for minimal designs.

  • RITA
    June 14, 2018

    This would be an awesome way to use up the bits of fabric left over from other projects. I can see this as a way to spruce up denim placemats,

  • Gail Beam
    June 14, 2018

    I tend to doodle when I am on the phone. I did do some thread doodling on a jean skirt for my sister some 40 years ago and she loved it, but I have not done any since. I would love to win this book for some new creative ideas.

  • Bonnye
    June 14, 2018

    I don’t doodle but I am going to use the paper near my phone to start. I am sure it will help me with my quilting.

  • Noemi Moore
    June 14, 2018

    I love to doodle items from nature, such as trees, clouds, a sunset and the Alaskan skies. Can’t wait to try this! Hope I win!!

  • Debbie B
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle when I’m on the phone. When I was still working I doodled in meetings.

  • Maryse Prescott
    June 14, 2018

    That looks like a perfect book for my students to order.Just what we were talkinn about last week..Ooo gotta have it!

  • Rosie
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle when ever I have a pen or pencil in my hand. I’ve never thiought of using it for sewing. This book would be great inspiration.

  • Tammie Kielpinski
    June 14, 2018

    I doodle in the morning as I enjoy my cocoa . I enjoy doodling the most when I spend time with my BEST BEST friend (she’s 85years young). She has so much creative ideas coming out of her . We then play with our sewing/ embroidery machines . But we also enjoy pulling out our Embellishing machines . We love creating our own fabric . We draw out or sew a sample swatch of our doodles . We always have so many ideas .

  • Beverly Roget
    June 14, 2018

    My last doodling project was making a wallhanging of my cousin’s flower garden. It turned out pretty well but I’d like to have more ideas for my next project! I get artist’s block sometimes and a new book would be nice to pull me out of it. Thank you for your shows. They are inspiring!!

  • Deborah Cox
    June 15, 2018

    I like to sketch moments when they happen..I like to capture the 1st thing that catches my eye. Then build around that. I’ve always wanted to do it with a sewing machine. I’ve crafted since I was around 9 years old. Starting with embroidery then taught myself sewing, then on to crocheting and knitting. But I’ve just always sketched. Very satisfying to my heart. Would very much like to win Nancy’s book..Thank you and God Bless you Deborah Cox

  • Patty Maslowski
    June 15, 2018

    I doodle on hold or in a boring meeting at work. Never thought of turning it into material art! Great idea!

    June 15, 2018

    I love to sit and doodle when sitting out on my porch drinking coffee and watching the sunrise/sunset.

  • E. Watson
    June 15, 2018

    I doodle most in he margins of whatever page I happen to be working with. I have also doodled in my sketchbook from time to time. 🙂

  • Stacy
    June 15, 2018

    Doodes of my garden to document the season’s growth are amongst my favorite entries in my sketchbook. Seeing the apron comment from last week’s winner makes me think that a doodled apron for gardening would be fun to make and very useful.

  • Martha
    June 15, 2018

    I would work in the air-conditioned kitchen with it’s nice table and view of my garden.

  • Doreen Fulton
    June 15, 2018

    I would love to doodle a pillow or a few squares on a quilt. Such fascinating, captivating ideas and techniques are presented in this book, it encourages new projects.

  • Norma Sterbenz
    June 15, 2018

    I doodle on long car trips when my husband is driving. I can’t just sit and do nothing. I’m always thinking about my next project.

  • MoeWest
    June 16, 2018

    I doodle when I’m on a long phone call.

  • Sharon Daniels
    June 17, 2018

    I like to doodle and listen to tv or music. I find myself doodling every thing from flowers to paisleys. I like to doodle when I can’t decide to start on a project. It clears my mind.

  • Rose Douglas
    June 17, 2018

    I doodled with thread when I got my new sewing machine, on muslin scraps, just to see “what she could do.” I never did anything frame-worthy, although I saved the stitches I produced for inspiration, and to build upon. This book seems to have the next steps I’m looking for to help me complete projects I can be proud of! (Also, Queen Anne’s Lace is one of the “weeds” I allow to grow in my garden for it’s beauty.) Thanks for the chance to win one of Nancy’s gifts. I wish I could’ve met her.

  • Lucille Ohms
    June 18, 2018

    Doodling happens all the time for me. Especially waiting on the phone. My favorite doodle seems to be figure 8s transitioning in size. I think these could be transformed into Christmas ornaments for my family. What fun that could be, maybe stiffened cubes or pinned onto foam balls.

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