Just in time for Easter, this beautiful Thread Doodling Bunny on Adventures in Thread is a dense mass of stitches and floss. Using a simple outline of a bunny, Jules filled in her shape with the threads she had on hand, in a doodling fashion. She even shares her bunny stencil so you can try your own hand at it!
I’m in love the colors and textures in these Cat and Canary Applique Pillows on Love To Sew – with patterned fabrics from your stash, bold-colored felt, and white puffy paint to create a faux-stitched look on the edges of your applique.
Another option for your applique shapes is filling them with a dense network of doodled stitches, like in the bunny above!
This Hedgehog Applique Block on Wee Folk Art is another fabulous starting point for creative embroidery.
Their post provides great tips on turning any applique pattern into an embroidery pattern, and I love that they’ve used DMC floss in a lovely, muted spring palette.
Bold, bright shades would look equally striking in this project – I’d be sure to explore different floss palettes.
These sweet Bird Silhouettes on Paper Seed would also make another great applique project – either on pillows or “framed” in an embroidery hoop.
There are so many possibilities, but I would love to fill each bird with a solid color of DMC floss, focusing on one embroidery stitch for each shape…
French knots, random cross stitches, blackwork stitches, or seed stitches would all make fabulous fill stitches!