Simple embroidered nose

There are so many beautiful techniques for embroidering noses on your teddy bears, just do a Google search for "artist teddy" and you'll see what I mean. But most of them take quite a bit of time and effort - all stitches really need to be very precise. It's not easy with fabric toys, but almost impossible to get a nice result on crocheted toys.

When working with bumpy crochet surface, I think it's best to keep things simple. In this post I will show you how I usually embroider noses on my teddy bears, cats and bunnies - it's very quick and easy and as long as you keep your stitches straight, it's going to look great. 

Amigurumi tutorial: Embroidering teddy bear, bunny and cat nose // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Leaving holes for safety eyes

Have you ever finished your crochet piece just to discover your stitches are just too tight to push the safety eyes or joints through? It's happened to me a few times. And no matter how much you try to stretch the stitches, you just can't get the eye through them.

It's usually not a problem with softer and more flexible yarns like wool or acrylic, but if you are using tougher yarns like cotton, linen or hemp or plan to use oversized eyes, it may be worth to think ahead and leave little holes in the fabric for your eyes, nose or joints.

Amigurumi tutorial: Leaving holes for safety eyes and joints // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

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Tutorial: Embroidering a Smile

Today I will show you how I like to embroider a smiling mouth (or any other curved line) on my crocheted toys.

Embroidering smooth lines on a bumpy surface can be a bit tricky. After some trial and error I found a technique that works for me - embroidering the mouth with back stitch and then wrapping the yarn around the row of stitches. But if you have any tips or a different technique you don't mind sharing with others, do leave a comment below. 

I like using cotton embroidery floss - it comes in pretty much any color and is easy to split or double up. But you can use any yarn or thread you like, just make sure it doesn't bleed color - toys may get wet or need to be washed.

Embroidering a smile

Tip! If you can, finish embroidering before you sew your toy together - this way you can fasten all yarn tails segurely inside your pieces. If not, fasten and hide all yarn tails using this method.

Tip! Use a sharp embroidery needle that will go through your crochet stitches - you will get a much nicer and smoother line if you don't have to work around them.

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Tutorial: Surface stitching

Surface stitching is a technique where you crochet on top of an existing crocheted or knitted fabric, working the stitches around the stitches of you base piece. This is great way to add a decorative row of stitches or start crocheting a detail straight to another piece. 

You can surface crochet with any stitch, but in this tutorial I will show you how to do slip stitches, just because this is what I use most often. But all stitches are worked as normal, so you can easily adapt the technique to suit your needs.

 

amigurumi tutorial

1. Insert your hook under the first stitch and grab the yarn.

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Puff Stitch Flower.

I found this cute puff stitch flower pattern by Tara from Easy Makes Me Happy.

 

.Foto: Easy Makes Me Happy

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