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Hand Embroidery Pattern: A Little Motif


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Here’s another little hand embroidery pattern for surface work of just about any kind…

This little motif could be embroidered on the top of a square pincushion, it could be used for whitework in the corner of a table runner or on a guest towel – the only limitation is … well, your imagination!

I think it’s nice pattern suitable to simple outline stitching, using stem stitch, although you could always satin stitch the fleur de lys.

Whatever you do with it, have fun!

Here’s the pattern – you can resize it as you wish to suit your needs.

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern - Simple Motif

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    1. Hi, Carla – you can right click on the image, save it to your computer, and print it from there. No PDF on this one, I’m afraid – it was posted before I got to the vector / PDF stage! -MC

  1. I like the simplicity of the little motif. would it work if it was repeated around a rectangle for a table runner with a white space inside.

    I was thinking of red material with white stitching. I have a very long table – 2.2 metres long, or white material with red or black stitching.

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