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Butterfly Embroidery Patterns


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Butterflies are pretty little things, and adapted into the embroidery world, they make nice motifs on anything. Here are a couple free butterfly embroidery patterns for surface embroidery. They can be adapted to be used on anything – from clothing to linens to quilts.

Here are the first two butterfly patterns. Use your imagination!! These make great beginner patterns for young embroiderers. They can be worked in cotton perle #5, in a variety of colors and simple stitches – outline, stem, whipped backstitch, French knots, chain stitch, etc. They can also be “dressed up” with regular floss, applying satin stitch or more advanced stitches for a completely different look. In whitework, they would make a nice accent on a dresser scarf or table cloth.

I think they’d make a great “accent block” on a quilt, with a matching motif on a pillow for a child’s room.

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  1. hi, nice to see all the designs. please suggest me a pattern and design for pillow cover. This pilow cover specially im designing for my new born baby..

  2. I luv your free handembroidery designers. Unfortunately, I’m not a designer, & so many of them are for machine today, which I don’t have. I don’t think it would be as satisfitying if you didn’t do it by hand anyway. Thanks so much for having your site. This is one that several years old. Do you still do them? do you have any archived? I can use all the embroidery patterns I can find. I have MS & can’t do alot of things like I used to. Luv to do needlework. Going to keep doing that until I can’t do anything at all. Please keep your embroidery site going. Thanks. Karen Carroll

  3. Thank you for the wonderful site. I used to embroider as taught by my mother years ago, but after such a long time not picking up the needle I am looking at getting going again. Your site is just what I need, so thank you again, it gives me clear instruction on getting going.

  4. I enjoy your work, and I look forward to getting your emails. I am going to be doing some embroidery soon. I am covering my inner hoop so I can get started. Thank you!

  5. I am blind, so I’m not able to use the diagrams to help me stitch a butterfly. However, I do not see a set of written instructions on this page or linked elsewhere. Where can I find written tutorials for this project? Thanks!

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