Leaf Stitch embroidered notebooks bundle by Karen Barbé


  • 2 full-color PDFs with photographed instructions, design examples, and punching templates
  • Punching tool: Kemper double-sided fine-point awl or size 1 crewel needle
  • Size 24 tapestry needle
  • 5 x 8 in/13 x 20 cm notebook with kraft or black cover and 56 blank, lined, or dot grid pages
  • 5 skeins of DMC floss:
    • Winter: ECRU, 311, 828, 995, 3766
    • Spring: 16, 351, 613, 967, 3848
    • Summer: 608, 744, 813, 3341, 3823
    • Autumn: 20, 720, 917, 3354, 3834

Optional additions:

  • Roll of MT washi tape for securing the punching template
  • Sheet of felt for easier punching
  • Acid-free PVA glue pen (dries clear) for securing your stitches on the back
  • Needle threader
  • Embroidery scissors


Learn how to make repeating leaf stitch motifs by embroidering on paper with Karen Barbé. Immensely satisfying and appropriate for total beginners and intermediate stitchers alike. (My six-year-old was able to do this project independently after I punched the holes.)

With four different color palettes, two notebook backgrounds, and three levels of complexity there are 24 different projects you can make. The materials in this bundle will let you stitch these designs 6–12 times depending on which pattern(s) you choose. Just add more notebooks to create a full and varied set! Great as a group activity.