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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Free Embroidery Pattern: A Bunch of Little Flowers


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Here’s another free hand embroidery pattern that employs simple embroidery stitches. I like this pattern – I think it has a lot of “potential” even though it’s very simple.

I was contemplating how this embroidery pattern could be used, and these are some of the things I came up with: Embroidery on paper (greeting cards), pillow cases, quilt embellishment (actually, shrunk and repeated, I think it would make a nice seam embellishment), handkerchief corners (again, shrunk and repeated), household linens (table cloth, table runner, cloth napkins), and the list could go on. Do you have any particular ideas?

My stitch suggestions would be lazy daisy for the flowers, stem stitch for the stem, and either fishbone for the leaves, or a combination of something like buttonhole for one half and seed stitch for the other. You could also do bullions for the flowers, to create a more substantial look. For dimension, I’d vary the shade of the flowers. For example, I’d do the three running down the right hand side of the bunch a darker shade, the three in the very middle of the bunch a medium shade, and the two at the top left side of the bunch a lighter shade.

Click on the design for a larger image, which you can then save to your computer and shring or enlarge.

Here’s an example of how the pattern could be shrunk and repeated. You can click on this image for a larger version, too.


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  1. Hello Mary,

    I’m really enjoying your website and am working on a set of pillowcases with Italian cutwork and point lace edging. It’s nice to know I can go to your site for help.

    This pattern is very pretty, and I believe it’s a lilac bunch, not individual flowers. The leaves definitely look like lilac leaves. I think I might try it on a handkerchief soon!

  2. hi mary. what u r doing for us is simply fabulous and seeing your work has put me again in this whole business of embroidery. for the leaves can i use the herringbone stitch instead of the fishbone one?

  3. I find the designs here wonderful , I can imagine them in colors ,am sure they would be more beautiful. I know a certain way of embroidering some of them in golden threads that you would appreciate I wish i could show you some samples to know your opinion of them …

  4. Its really a fantastic site and i love this site. The various stiches mentioned abo
    ve to stitch that image is very helpful and as a beginer it worked a lot for me.

  5. I was hoping to find more on Brazilian Embroidery or dimentional embroidery. Do you plan anything in the future?

  6. I am trying to find a pattern that I can make into a border to go around a bedspread I embroidered 55 years ago It was for a full bed and need to enlarge it I think this pattern will work but do’nt know how to acquire it could you help me

    1. Hi, Diane – This is one of the older patterns here on the website, and I never made it into a PDF. You can right click on it and download it to your computer, then print it, resizing it on your printer as you need to, and then trace it. Hope that helps!

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