The Itty Bees are here for your stitching pleasure! I wanted to make life a little easier for y'all, so I included all three of the little bee patterns together in a single .PDF file. You only need one skein of each called-for color to stitch all three designs, and they are sized just right to include in your tiered trays or dough bowls. Your buzzy vignettes could not "bee" any easier! Included in the Itty Bee set are the following designs:
Hive & Blossom
as well as Hive & Buzz.
The Itty Bees call for flosses from Weeks Dye Works, Classic Colorworks, and DMC. DMC equivalents are provided, but be aware that the beehives get their stripes from the called-for variegated floss. Those stripes are not charted; they just sort of happen when you stitch side to side and cross each x before moving on to the next one. It's pure over-dyed magic :D. You can sure stitch those beehives with any color you'd like, but if you choose a non-variegated replacement, your beehives will be a solid block of color. If you can only buy one variegated skein, buy the one that is used in the beehive.
WHERE TO BUY: Itty Bees are an Etsy Shop exclusive. Find the file here. RECREATE THE LOOK: Cording -- DMC ECRU. I spun 6 lengths of the full 6 ply floss (cut a generous 3x the perimeter of the mounted designs) using a Kreinik custom corder. Bow -- The cream colored ribbon is a 1.5" wire-edged canvas ribbon that I found at 5thStreetStudio on Etsy. I dove-tailed both ends of the tail and sealed the ends with Fray-check. The dusty pink ribbon is a dual-sided 3/8" satin ribbon from Offray that I found Walmart. I was unable to find it online, but it is a standard shade they have in stock year-round. Sooo.... if you find yourself at Walmart in front of a wall of ribbon, I would just say to opt for the dusty pink shade instead of the baby pink shade. I clipped the tails of the pink bows horizontally at the edge of the cream bows so that nothing would cover my stitching, and sealed the ends with Fray-check. I used hot glue to adhere the pink bows to the cream bows. Button -- I used size 30 covered buttons from Dritz (Size 30 = 3/4"). I covered them with the same fabric used in the flat, and then hot-glued them as centerpieces on top of my stacked bows. Finish Fabric - I pulled the sage green crazy-dot fabric from my stash. It's several years old, so I doubt it is still available, but just in case -- it came from Hobby Lobby. One more time, here they all are together.
I hope you enjoy! If you stitch these little sweeties and want to share your finishes on social media, I'd love it if you also used the hashtag #CherryHillStitchery. Thank you!