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Speaking of Free Embroidery Patterns….


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I’m always on the lookout for free embroidery patterns, designs, and tutorials online. I’m pretty well convinced that, if you want to embroider something, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a kit or a pattern – you can probably find enough resources online to set up your own project pretty easily.

Whoops! I better clarify, though – I do like kits and such. And obviously, sometimes it’s just easier to have the preliminary work done for you. But still, hand embroidery is a great do-it-yourself art, and with a little searching, you can probably find all the tools you need to do it yourself for free, online — with the exception of the necessary material goods, of course!

Anyway, the latest copy of Inspirations is out (Issue 55), and every time I receive mine, I end up popping in at their website to see what’s new. They’ve got some great free patterns on there – I think I’ve already mentioned the smocking pattern – but I happened to notice a few more nice ones while browsing yesterday.

First, there’s a beautiful little stumpwork pattern called Magic Mushrooms. This pattern is straight out of the A-Z book on stumpwork. It features a couple colorful mushrooms, some berries, and – of course – a spider! Stumpwork looks difficult, but if you’re proficient with just a few basic stitches, it’s easy to pick up. There are two things I love about stumpwork: the dimensional look and the botanical subjects. Granted, not all stumpwork is botanical, but a lot of it is. The pattern, by the way, has step-by-step instructions, so, if you’ve wanted to give stumpwork a try without investing in a book right off the bat, this might be the way to do it.

The other free patterns that caught my attention are Christmas-related. If you’re planning on hand-made Christmas gifts featuring embroidery, you might want to check out the Christmas bullion designs. They offer five – two Christmas trees, a Christmas pudding, a holly, and a Father Christmas design. All the little designs feature bullion knots, and are really darling!

So, if you get a chance, check out Country Pumpkin’s Free Embroidery Design page… and get inspired! Have fun with it!


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