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Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Funburst!


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Here we are – Saturday again. The week does fly, doesn’t it?

Today, it’s a free hand embroidery pattern for you – I’m calling it Funburst!

Funburst Hand Embroidery Pattern

This is another one of those hand embroidery patterns with lots and lots of possibilities, but I was thinking of it in terms of shisha embroidery, which we began to cover yesterday. I suppose it’s all the dots… which would work well as small mirrors.

But there are other possibilities as well! Are you familiar, for example, with Jen Goodwin’s Embroidery? She effectively combines blackwork and goldwork into fantastic medallions. (She sells embroidery kits on her website, too – take a look at them!) Though I’ve not worked any of her kits, I really admire her work. And I’ve heard very positive things about her kits from other readers. So if you’re in the market…

But back to Funburst. My first thought was shisha, because that’s what I’ve been preparing for tutorials. Shisha, braids stitches, some decorative line stitches. I picture bright colors, gold, mirrors. Maybe on the front of a bag? Or the top of a square box?

Whatever you do with it, I hope it’s fun!

Here’s the printable version:

Funburst Hand Embroidery Pattern (PDF)

Enjoy the weekend!

You can find plenty more free hand embroidery patterns here on Needle ‘n Thread, if you’re hankering for something fun to stitch!

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  1. Dear Mary

    Lovely pattern Shisha would look really good with this pattern what a good idea for a bag or box which would make a lovely Christmas present. I can’t wait you to post the prepared tutorials on various stitches. Thanks for giving us this lovely pattern.

    Regards Anita Simmance

    1. Irene, if you don’t have a light box there are 2 ways you can do it. #1 is to tape the design onto a sunny window, tape your fabric on top and trace. The 2nd is if you have a coffee table with glass you can do the same thing by putting a light under the glass. I recommend tracing with a quilters marker. There are different kinds, some disappearing with water or heat for example.

  2. Embroidery designs like that deserve to be given praise. I know there are lots of designs and types of embroidery but I’m still a beginner and still learning. I hope to get better in the coming weeks especially since the holiday season is coming up soon.

  3. I am a new embroiderer but not new to stitching and sewing. My education comes from books, internet sights (especially yours) magazines, and lots of trial and error. What’s puzzling is that different instructors don’t always use the same techniques to complete a stitch and many stitches are tagged with different names. I own several texts which describe “how to” and what I have done is to collect the best explanations with photographs and now I have the beginning of my own personal reference book.

    Not only have I worked with standard floss, but I have also used a variety of threads with different weights and textures and colors. That has been fun.

    Now I would like to produce a product with some permanance. Could you suggest some kits suitable for beginners. I enjoy a challenge but I don’t want to be reduced to tears.

    Many thanks for your cyber class interaction and encouragement .


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