Here’s a little collection of simple hand embroidery designs from Grace Christie’s book, Samplers and Stitches, which you can find online for free. Now, you may be wondering why I would bother putting together a collection of images that come out of a free online book. There are a couple reasons…
The first reason is that the designs in Christie’s book Samplers and Stitches are actually shown with the stitch in progress on the design, so you can’t really see the lines of the whole little motif. The second reason is that, even if you didn’t mind the stitch-in-progress part and wanted to trace the little design, and you printed it, you would find that, for the stitch recommended in the book, the design as printed would be too large.
I’ve cleaned up several of the little designs and put them all together on one PDF, and if you print it, you will find that the little motifs are sized a bit better for the recommended stitch. I’ve also written the name of the stitch next to the design, so you can go back to the book and see her description of how to work the stitch. You can also find several of the stitches in my list of How-To Videos.
You’re certainly not restricted to the stitches she suggests – you can use the little designs to practice any stitches suitable for them! I’ve been adding a few of these to my spot sampler, using the stitches that Christie recommends along with a few of my own interpretations.
Finally, here’s the PDF: