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Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Medallion Frame


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Here’s a little hand embroidery pattern that’s quite simple. It can be used for a number of items – whatever use your imagination can concoct, really – but it has one specific purpose to which it is quite well suited.

This little design is typical of the “frames” that encase a hand embroidered monogram. You can put anything in the middle, really, but, back in the day, it was often common for little embroidered monograms to be surrounded by a frame such as this one.

I think this will print around 4″ square. You can save the design straight to your computer (in gif format), or you can use the PDF of the design below. To enlarge it or shrink it, you can play with it in a photocopy machine or on your computer, or you can simply reset the PDF settings for a different print size.

Pattern for Hand Embroidery: Medallion Frame

Medallion Frame for Hand Embroidery (PDF)

The piece could always be worked in satin stitch, but I think it would look better with the lines stitched in Palestrina stitch (or something similar), and then either the square frame or the shaped frame to be filled with seed stitches, to enhance the distinction and the intertwining.

I think the design would be very pretty, worked small, in the corner of a fine handkerchief – white on white, with delicate threads (perhaps white YLI silk?) – with a tiny initial in the middle. Perfect for a bride, or for mom for Mother’s Day…

Those are just ideas, of course! I’m sure you can come up with plenty of stitching ideas for the design!

For more hand embroidery patterns, please visit my Index of Hand Embroidery Patterns here on Needle ‘n Thread. If you’re looking for stitch suggestions or directions, try the Video Library of Hand Embroidery Stitches. And if you need a monogram for the middle of the medallion frame, try the Monograms Index!

Check back this weekend for my stash giveaway for February! I’ve got all kinds of weird ideas milling around in my head for this one, thanks to a cleaning bout in the studio. I’m organizing threads with a new thread rack – and it’s about time, let me tell ya!

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