It all started around Christmas, when I was playing with my monogram alphabets, wanting to put them together into “tiles” that made up words. For example, I was kind of excited about messing around with N-O-E-L… but then I realized that had been done before (in cross stitch, myriad times), and wasn’t really that original, and the monograms weren’t that Christmassy, and so I dropped it.
I went back to it the other day, playing with L-O-V-E. I’m not sure what inspired it – perhaps it was the over-abundance of Valentine stuff floating around on the internet, or perhaps it was the idea of my folks’ 52nd wedding anniversary in a few months, perhaps it was the idea that I needed to post a free pattern for “something” soon and I wanted something larger than usual, or perhaps it was just that urge to do SOMETHING with those blasted monograms that I cleaned up but have never bothered using.
Whatever the case was, I decided to go back to the word-tile concept with a nice four letter word (!no – really – a nice one!), L-O-V-E.
I played and fiddled and had fun with it – making it more complex, then less complex. I had vines running hither and thither, filling stitches between the tiles, and so forth… but it was too much. Finally, I simplified, and is the result of all the tinkering:
If you click on the image above, you’ll get a very-much-larger (in the realm of huge) image, which you can scale to a smaller size, or slice up to make a large pattern.
You can also have the PDF of the pattern:
Free Hand Embroidery Design: Love
It would make a great anniversary gift, wedding gift, Valentine, Mother’s Day gift, birthday present, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…
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