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Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Corner, Diamond, or Square!


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I realized I haven’t posted a free hand embroidery pattern in a long time, so I thought I’d share this little embroidery pattern with you!

This is a simple embroidery pattern that I think would look great on household linens: towels, table runner, cloth napkins, etc.

It would be quick to work – so it would be great for making a gift! What about a linen basket-liner (for a bread basket or something?), with this stitched in the corners?

As far as fabric goes – well, anything’s fair game. If I had more natural-colored linen, I’d like to make a basket liner with this, and stitch it in white coton a broder, in stem stitch for all the lines, and the dots, leaves, and little tulip shapes on the sides would be worked in satin stitch. I think it’d be pretty – just a simple motif, but enough to mark it as hand-made and elegant.

Come to think of it, this would also make a fun exercise in gold couching.

So here’s the pattern. Click on it for a larger version!

Personally, I’d keep it somewhat small – three inches square, maybe? You can resize it on your computer or on a copy machine.

For more hand-embroidery patterns, check these out:

Hand Embroidery Patterns available here on Needle ‘n Thread
Ecclesiastical Patterns available here on Needle ‘n Thread
An index of websites that offer free embroidery patterns online.

Have fun with it! And if you stitch something with it, do let me know. I love sharing readers’ adventures in needlework!

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