Thursday, November 19, 2015

Flowers - Free Embroidery Pattern

Today's the day when all the bloggers taking part in my Crafty Tutorial Link-Up are sharing their flower-themed projects. Everyone has designed such nice things, I can't wait to share them all with you!

Here's my project: a floral embroidery pattern. I'm still quite new to designing embroidery patterns, so I feel a bit nervous sharing this! It started out in my head as a felt applique project and sort of morphed into an embroidery project as I started sketching. I hope you like it :)


The pattern is designed to be displayed in a 7 inch embroidery hoop. I stitched it in an 8 inch hoop to give myself some more room to work. I used half strands of embroidery thread / floss (i.e. 3 strands from 6 stranded thread) and stitched the whole design in backstitch, sewing small stitches around the curves.

I stitched my flowers in pink, purple and orange but you can of course use any colours you fancy! I used 5 colours (bright pink, candy pink, magenta, orange and Satsuma) and paired up my colours so that, for example, each orange flower has a magenta centre and each candy pink flower has a Satsuma centre.


I chose a plain backing fabric, holding the pattern and fabric up to the light (I secured them both to a window using washi tape!) and tracing the design onto the fabric with a sharp pencil. If you're stitching on dark fabric or on felt, use tissue paper as shown in this project.


You can leave the empty space blank or use it to stitch a message of your choice, maybe a favourite saying or something like "Laura's Room" (though, obviously, using your name not mine, haha).


Click here to view the colour pattern, and here to view the black and white pattern. Make sure you're viewing them at full size then print at 100%.

N.B. the colour pattern is inked in different colours to the ones I used for stitching because I have more shades of embroidery thread than I do pens! :)

This embroidery pattern is for non commercial use only: you can use it to stitch as many flowers as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a few photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

Lots of lovely bloggers are taking part in the Crafty Tutorial link-up today... once all their projects have been published I'll put together a post with all the links so you guys can go check them out.  

UPDATE: click here for all the flower link-up projects. 

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