Here’s a free hand embroidery pattern for you, just in case you’re looking for something fun to work on over the weekend.
This is a little doodle I doodled up, using a Jacobean design from an old book as the basis of it, and then altering it as I doodled along.
The original design can be found in Jacobean Embroidery: Its Forms and Fillings by Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam & A. F. Morris Hands, which is available free in many formats on Project Gutenberg. You’ll find the original Jacobean leaf design here, plate 16 in the book.
You might also recognize hints of the design in my Jumble Lattice Sampler, which was originally called a Jacobean Jumble. Believe it or not, this design played a part in the original doodle for that.
I’m using this design as a little practice project right now, and I’ll show you the results down the road!
In the meantime, though, you can attack the design with any kind of embroidery thread – from regular stranded cotton to goldwork threads, and everything in between – and with practically any stitches. The open areas beckon for filling. The swirled areas beckon for textured stitches and line stitches. Really, anything goes with this type of design!
You can adapt the design for different techniques. Whitework and pulled thread fillings? Goldwork? Blackwork? All kinds of possibilities!
Jacobean Leaf Variation – Printable Pattern
Here’s the link for the printable pattern. It’s a PDF, and if you choose “no scaling” on your printer (or whatever setting your printer has, to keep it from changing the size of the printed page), the design will print at 5″ tall and a little over 4″ wide.
I’ll show you what I’m up to with it soon!
Hope you enjoy it!
You can find heaps more hand embroidery patterns available here on Needle ‘n Thread for your personal use. If you’re itching to stitch something, but you don’t know what, have a browse through my list of hand embroidery patterns to see if something strikes your fancy!
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