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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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Embroidery Pattern: William Morris Flower Thingy


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I do like William Morris, and his textiles inspire all kinds of ideas for designs for surface embroidery. I like taking one little ingredient out of a whole William Morris design and focusing just on the one element for embroidering. As for this particular little motif, I like it a lot! And I plan to work this one soon!

Again, this embroidery pattern is the product of practicing drawing on a tablet with a pen. I know it’s not that professionally done, but I think it produces an ok result to trace as an embroidery pattern.

Actually, this pattern and the next two that I’ve been working on, have lots of possibilities. I plan to work this one (if all goes well) in a combination of wool, wool-silk blend, silk, and beads. I’m going to stick with the colors that are in the original William Morris motif – that is, a golden honey color, some shades of red, and some shades of dark green. I’m going to use long-and-short stitch for the surrounding leaves, palestrina stitch for the outline of the inside, stem stitch for the stems, fishbone for the leaves. The “dots” will be beads, I think. So that’s on my upcoming projects list, if all goes well!

Oh, and I am scaling it down a little bit. It’s a bit big here for what I want!

Here’s the pattern:

I hope you like the pattern and have the opportunity to do something with it!

I’ll be cleaning up my pattern index soon, but you can find more embroidery patterns in the meantime under Free Embroidery Patterns Index.


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  1. Mary, Every time I look for patters on your site I always click on anything that has “thingy” in the title. And they always look great. I think I’ll get my stuff out and do something pretty. I’ll send you a picture if it turns out! Lucky you!

  2. How do I know when to fill in the bigger areas and when your supposed to just outline!!Oh and please don’t say its preference,lol ,I want mine to be as awsome as yours! Thanks so much.
    Sincerely TERESA GRIGGS

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