Butterflies are pretty little things, and adapted into the embroidery world, they make nice motifs on anything. Here are a couple free butterfly embroidery patterns for surface embroidery. They can be adapted to be used on anything – from clothing to linens to quilts.
Here are the first two butterfly patterns. Use your imagination!! These make great beginner patterns for young embroiderers. They can be worked in cotton perle #5, in a variety of colors and simple stitches – outline, stem, whipped backstitch, French knots, chain stitch, etc. They can also be “dressed up” with regular floss, applying satin stitch or more advanced stitches for a completely different look. In whitework, they would make a nice accent on a dresser scarf or table cloth.
I think they’d make a great “accent block” on a quilt, with a matching motif on a pillow for a child’s room.
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You can find more hand embroidery patterns here.