It is a speedy way to add the eyes to your toy’s face. All you need is a scrap of yarn or thread and a needle.
It is done by wrapping your yarn around the needle several times and securing it.
More detailed instructions with step-by-step pictures can be found here.
Backstitch is an excellent embroidery technique for beginners. It creates a line and can be used to embroider sleepy eyes or closed eyes.
Start by making a single stitch. From underneath, poke the needle back up a space away from the first stitch (the length of this “space” is the length of your desired stitch). Poke your needle back down through the end of your first stitch. Make the next back stitches the same way.
This type of stitch may require some embroidery skills and take more time than the previous types of stitches, but it is definitely worth it. It is commonly used to embroider the eyes for dolls rather than for animals. It allows you to embroider not only the pupil but the iris and the white of the eyes as well.
Sometimes satin stitch is used together with the backstitch when embroidering the eyes. First, you outline with backstitches; then you fill in the area with satin stitches.
Generally, satin stitch is a series of stitches that completely covers the area of the background fabric.
We recommend that you use a drawing before you start to embroider the eyes. Use the lines of your drawing as you go. This guarantees that you will end up with neat stitches. Try to go over the outline as you go to cover it. Make each stitch very carefully with all your threads lying as flat as possible and as close to each other as possible. If you are a beginner, you may want to try simple shapes first only then proceeding to some more complicated ones.
There are two ways to embroider the eyes using satin stitch.
to embroider directly onto a crocheted/knitted fabric
to embroider on a piece of cloth first – this method is described here
The main idea is to embroider the eyes on a piece of white cloth and glue them onto the toy after cutting them out.
To conclude, practice embroidering on some swatches first. When you feel confident enough, start decorating your toys’ faces making them unique.
These are just guidelines to encourage you to explore the world of embroidering. Once you master it, your possibilities will be endless. But one thing we know for sure – you will enjoy the process and the result!