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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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Speaking of Free Embroidery Patterns….

 

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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