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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Free Pattern: Tulips ala William Morris


Here’s an embroidery pattern for tulips, inspired by William Morris’s designs. I drew it myself on my new tablet! Gosh, I love that thing!

The primary reason I invested in a tablet was to be able to draw up my own embroidery patterns. I’ve been getting some very good help from Margaret on how to create vector format images. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite gotten to that point yet, but in the meantime, I will keep sketching away.

Here’s yesterday’s practice piece, a little tulip design inspired by a William Morris print. I like William Morris – his scrolly stuff is excellent inspiration for needlepainting (long-and-short stitch shading) ideas.

I hope you like this particular pattern!

It’s not a super realistic looking rendition of tulips, but I do like his style. I could see this worked smaller (the pattern could be resized smaller), with two-toned tulips – orangish red and red, or yellowish orange and orange. Where the leaves join the stems, and where the leaves are “overlapped” by each other, the shades of green would be darker, but overall, I’d go with a lighter, brighter shade of green.

Anyway, if you can find use for it, have fun with it!

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  1. The changes will be very helpful in getting the nicer look for the completed piece. Look forward to following your setup. Thane for sharing so much of your talents and knowledge.

  2. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and time you put into this site.

    I wish my grandmother was still alive today, she would have loved this website. She taught me how to do embroidery (and cross-stitch) when I was about 10 years old. I still have some of her original pieces like pillowcases. She was a talented woman and I admired her for everything she accomplished in life!

    I can’t wait to put this tulip pattern on my great-niece’s quilt that I made for her. This pattern along with your butterfly, birds and monograms will be the most perfect finishing touch.

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