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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 Pretty Design


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Here’s a pretty pattern that can be adapted to an embroidery project, or it could be used for other craft purposes as well.

This embroidery pattern (which I’d like to play with on white silk with gold and beetle wings and perhaps some color) is a cross between … oh, I don’t know – a flower, a somewhat paisley-ish thing, and a fleur de lys? In the long run, I may do away with the scale-like scrolly things in the middle “leaves” and do something different there, and I’ll touch up the scrolly “vines” on the edges a bit – dress them up with something. When I get a chance to play with it, the shell-looking areas will be wings, as well as the tulip-shaped flower below the tip of the design. Then I’ll use chips of wings here and there as well as accents. Of course, I’ve got it all in my head – if it comes to fruition, it’ll probably change 100 times!

There are lots of possibilities with this one – the whole design could be simplified by erasing the interior filigree elements and just keeping the basic shape.

Here’s the pattern:

Free Embroidery Pattern

You can enlarge or reduce it on a copy machine, or by playing with it in a graphics program.

Hope you like it! Have fun!


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  1. Hi, Margaret –

    Let’s see… Not in toto. I took the inspiration from an 18th c. panel design, and modified it. I don’t think it could be called designing it!

    By the way, I vectorized it! Not on my software, though – online. I should drop the vectorized graphic on here!


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