The hand embroidery design I’m posting below is psuedo-original – weirdly not quite original, though I thought it was at first, and was disappointed to find out that I was hardly the first on the block to do this…
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:
I liked the design when I was first playing with it, but then my sister looked at it. And do you know, she told me it looked like a counted cross stitch pillow. Then she told me she has seen it as a counted cross stitch pillow. L-O-V-E, in four tiles like this.
“Oh, surely,” said I, “you cannot have seen this design in counted cross stitch.”
“Well, maybe not that design, but it’s the same idea.”
She just wasn’t impressed. Sheesh. Some people…
So, out there somewhere, in counted cross stitch land, there is a design with the same idea behind it. But this, my friends, is surface embroidery. And it can be made into a pillow – or something for the wall – or the center square of a quilt – or what-so-ever you wish to make out of it. It can be traced for paper crafts, painted on wood, made into a wall mural, or etched onto your front door. You can do whatever you want with it!
I’d like to work it in white, on a colored linen – not necessarily red! – to give as a gift.
It would make a great anniversary gift, wedding gift, Valentine, Mother’s Day gift, birthday present, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
But not for my sister…
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy it!