Mary Corbet

writer and founder


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

Contact Mary

Connect with Mary



2024 (64) 2023 (125) 2022 (136) 2021 (130) 2020 (132) 2019 (147) 2018 (146) 2017 (169) 2016 (147) 2015 (246) 2014 (294) 2013 (294) 2012 (305) 2011 (306) 2010 (316) 2009 (367) 2008 (352) 2007 (225) 2006 (139)

Free Hand Embroidery Design: Scrollies


Amazon Books

Sticking with the scrolly theme and following up on my scrolly medallion for hand embroidery, here’s a scrolly design that can be hand embroidered as a corner, an edge, the top of something – you name it.

This type of scrolly design is a good way to practice line stitches, especially stitches such as stem stitch, coral stitch, Palestrina stitch, and chain stitch. The design itself would be easy to embroider, and you can add a bit of variety to it by varying your stitches or your threads, or by working different types of stitches side by side.

Think placemats, table cloths, cloth napkins, towels, aprons, dresser scarf, pillow cases … You can even create a mirror image of the pattern to fill up a square area for pillows, etc.

This is actually a take-off from a sconce on my sister’s wall in her living room, with a bit of elaboration to it.

Here’s the design. You can click on it for a larger version and resize however you wish. A PDF version follows.

Hand Embroidery Pattern: Scrolly Design

Scrolly Design (PDF)

If you’re looking for more hand embroidery designs, check out my Index of Hand Embroidery designs – you’ll find all kinds of stuff there, including a long list of patterns available at other websites. Feel free to recommend a website, too, if you know of anyone offering hand embroidery designs…

Looking for inspiration & information on hand embroidery?

There are all kinds of reasons to sign up for the Needle ‘n Thread daily newsletter! Check them out and sign up today!


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


(9) Comments

  1. This is beautiful. I am starting again after 45 years of NOT doing needlework. I am excited but know my work will need work to get back to where I was before. Thanks! JT Oregon

  2. Im going to modify this pattern for my wedding dress I am sewing! Thankyou so much for offering nice patterns on your site!

  3. I am going to modify this pattern for my wedding dress i am sewing! thank you so much for offering nice patterns on your site!

More Comments