Here’s a free hand embroidery pattern, from yesterday’s sketching.
As I mentioned yesterday, my plan is to create an embroidery design that I can use across several embroidery techniques. These stylized pomegranate thingamabobs are always a favorite of mine, and I find they pop up a lot in my designs. They are particularly suitable for silk shading and for goldwork, but I think they’d transfer to other types of embroider as well. I think this one, for example, would look pretty nice in whitework, especially on a colored fabric.
There’s one style of embroidery, though, that I don’t think this will transfer well to, and that’s casual, free-style surface stitching. Stylized pomegranates seem to be a bit too formal to go the casual route, in my mind. What do you think?
You can click on the above for a larger version, or you can print the PDF below. The design on the PDF will print at approximately 5″ square.
I’m not sure if I’ll embroider this design for my upcoming series, but maybe someday, I’ll use it for something. In the meantime, maybe you can find a use for it!
By the way, you can reduce the busy-ness of the lattice work in the center by removing every other line in both directions, if you don’t like the crowded lattice. That would open it up for a bead or spangle in the middle of the diamonds.
And finally, I think I should be more forthcoming about the rooster. He isn’t finished. I’m going to go work on him right NOW.
This design ended up as a goldwork embroidery project, and you can follow all the step-by-step articles in the series of completing the project by visiting the following links, which are arranged in the order of the project’s development:
Stylized Pomegranate Pattern used for this project
Setting up the Project on a Frame
Preparing the Ground Fabric with Felt Padding
Selecting Colors of Silk for the Project
The Stitching Begins – SIlk Shading
Continuing the silk shading – the left side
Finishing the silk shading
The Goldwork Begins: Smooth Passing Thread
Check Thread for Outlining
Chip Work Filling with Check Purl
Outlining with Stretched Pearl Purl
Filling the Bowl with Passing Thread
Finishing the Tips with Passing Thread
Finishing the Fruit
Beginning the Stem
Continuing with the Green on the Stem
Almost finished! Chip work on the Stem
The Finished Goldwork Pomegranate