Here’s a little free hand embroidery pattern for you – one that has loads of possibilities when it comes to embroidery techniques!
This is an adaptation of an element within a much larger project featured in the old Herrschner’s catalog from the beginning of the 1900’s. If you’ve never seen that catalog, you can find it online in various places. Antique Pattern Library has it available under H, and you can also search Flickr (using “Herrschner 1907”) and many images from it will come up.
But… all that having been said…. if you can find your own real copy of it from used or rare booksellers, it’s a wonderful resource to have! It’s so enjoyable to browse through.
Imagine how much fun it must have been for embroiderers at the turn of the 20th century to find out a new catalog was out, to wait with anticipation to see it, and finally to linger over the pages making purchasing decisions!
I found my copy foraging through a library book sale years ago, and picked it up for a whole fifty cents. One of those serendipitous moments…
I’m calling this embroidery pattern “Exuberant Flower” because, despite its diminutive size (it prints at just three inches high), it has a rather lush and luxuriant look to its foliage.
It reminds me of a cross between a brilliant sunrise and Jack’s beanstalk.
This is the type of design that I would call a “small.” A small is a small embroidery design perfect for sampling a technique.
I can see this little drawing worked in crewel embroidery in bright, lively colors. I can see it worked in regular surface embroidery with cotton floss or floche. What about redwork on the corner of a quilt square? It would make a good beginner’s goldwork piece. How about some appliqué and embroidery mixed together? In fabric or felt? You could even adapt it for blackwork. So, lots of possibilities in this little 3″ pattern.
I’m pretty sure you can think of many other ways to use it, too! Any ideas?
You can click on the link below to open the PDF and save it to your computer for the next time you need a little practice piece for any technique. If you print it at the original size (without scaling), the design will print at 3″ high.
Hope you enjoy it!
You can find plenty of other free hand embroidery patterns available here on Needle ‘n Thread, if you’re hankering for something fun to stitch! Feel free to check out the collection!
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