Here’s another free hand embroidery pattern – a motif suitable for goldwork or any kind of surface embroidery, really. I’ve been having fun playing with repeat patterns in Inkscape, and this is one of the ones I was fiddling with, so I thought I’d share it with you.
This design is originally from an old church embroidery book that’s now in the free domain. The book is called Church Vestments by Anastasia Dolby, and it’s available on Google books. She’s the same one who wrote Church Embroidery, Ancient and Modern, where I found this embroidery design and cleaned it up.
This little design in the book is actually a black and white line drawing that’s rather small. I took a screen shot of it and exported it into Inkscape, where I enlarged it then traced it. The original was really unsymmetrical, with each swashy leaf area being completely different from the other – fat arms on the scollies, skinny arms on the scrollies, etc. So I tried evening it up a bit, just in one quarter, and then I repeated the quarter, mirroring it around the image. I like Inkscape!
Here’s the embroidery design. You can click on it for a larger image.
And here’s a link to the same design in PDF format:
Now, to speak of the design itself, I’d really like to work this one. Do you have so many ideas rattling around in your head, but absolutely no time to execute them? That’s the situation I’m in right now! Anyway, I’d love to do the arms of the design in gold passing thread. The rest of it, I haven’t really thought about…
I hope you like the design as much as I do!