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Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Another Scrolly Medallion


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I keep playing with scrolly medallions for hand embroidery patterns… deep down, it’s because I want to work one. But, deep down, I think I should be working on other things. Still, they’re fun – and maybe you can work one for the fun of it!

One of these days, I’m actually going to embroider one of my embroidery patterns first, before posting the pattern. Ideally, I’d be posting “finished” pictures with each pattern, but truth to tell, I haven’t the time! I need a … what’s the word? An assistant stitcher? (But then the assistant stitcher would get all the fun! Forget that!)

This design is somewhat like the scrolly medallion embroidery pattern I posted last week. Again, I think it’d make a neat design on a pillow, or on the outside pocket of a tote, or something to that effect. It could be worked in a single color, or it could be worked in multiple colors – it just depends on what you want!

For stitching ideas, I’d use line stitches of some sort – chain, heavy chain, Portuguese knotted stem, stem stitch, coral stitch, split stitch, Palestrina stitch, etc., (or a combination) for the lines. For the dots, though I know it would take ten forevers and require some precision, I have to admit, I’d go with satin stitch. I’d at least try it, anyway!

Click on the design below for a larger image you can save to your computer (you can then resize it as you wish) … or use the PDF file below.

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Scrolly Medallion #3

Scrolly Medallion #3 (PDF)

For more free hand embroidery patterns, visit my Index of Hand Embroidery Patterns.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you a really pretty piece of reader’s embroidery that’s worked in silver threads on a blue background – really nice!

Today, I’m setting up my slate frame again, so I can experiment next week with a new piece of equipment that I can’t wait to tell you about (but I’ll wait, until the prototype is here!). I need to set up a project on my slate frame, but I haven’t decided what project yet!

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  1. I am intrigued by this design of yours, and I keep coming back to this page to look at it.

    I am not an embroider (is there such a word?) but passionately into tatting. I keep looking at this pattern tyring to figure out if it can be reproduced in tattinglace. And I am keen enough to give it a try.

    May I have your permission to try and tat the design?

  2. Absolutely. I’d love to see it in tatting! Do send a picture if you do it! (I’m sure you can – it looks tattable!)


  3. Ooooh!
    I would love to do this with beads were the small circlets are! Lovely pattern, thanks for this and for all your excellent teaching!

  4. I think a design similar to this, but with a 6-fold repetition rather than the 4-fold, would make a delightful snowflake pattern. Hint, hint. 😉

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