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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

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Hand Embroidery Pattern: Little Fish


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Here’s a simple hand embroidery pattern that I cleaned up from an old French magazine from the turn of last century. I think I cleaned this one up for kids to stitch during summer embroidery classes a few years ago – I remember one of the little kids begging for a fish design! Here’s the pattern, followed by some stitching suggestions…

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Little Fishes

Of course, with designs like this, line stitches always work great. But you could take it a bit further and work in some Very Long woven picots for the seaweed, buttonhole wheels on the eyes, maybe feather stitch inside the fish instead of straight lines…. there are lots of possibilities!

If you’re a fishy person, I hope you can find some good use for the design!

Feel free to check out the rest of my free hand embroidery patterns, if you’re itching for something to stitch!


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    1. I had a problem with the program – it kept shutting down on me when I tried to save as a PDF…. arrrgh. So I finally gave up. The fish can be saved to your computer and printed as a gif, but I’ll add the PDF as soon as I can get back to it! ~MC

  1. Thanks for the patterns and links! I just looked through all of them, you have some just calling out to be done. I *know* you’ve written about this before, but I can’t find it – what do you use to generate the patterns?

    1. Hi, Gail – I use Inkscape, for the most part. It’s a free shareware program for vector images. It works great for line drawings. For anything that’s counted, I use MacStitch.

      Hope that helps!


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