I love grapes! I love embroidered grapes! If I were the type to decorate by theme, I believe my kitchen and dining room would sport a kind of winey, grapey, Italian theme.
But since I’m not super-themey when it comes to decorating, I just enjoy grapes in all kinds of other ways, from embroidered…to frozen…to crushed and fermented.
If you like grapes and have a reason to embroider a bunch of them, this particular stylized bunch would work quite well. It has Possibilities.
Initially, I drew up this embroidery pattern (inspired by a piece of ecclesiastical embroidery) for a lesson in tambour embroidery. It’s perfectly suited to tambour embroidery, and would be a good exercise in shading, filling, and working in circles.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it would also work well on table linens, in whitework. The grapes cry for plump, rounded, satin stitch dots. Or maybe openwork eyelets? The leaves would be a good place to add texture, while the stems could remain smooth and flat, worked in long & short or stem stitch.
And then, of course, there are the ecclesiastical possibilities. Silk shading and satin stitch, surrounded by thin lines of gold, would look great on the leaves. The stems could be couched gold. Embroidered the same way, the design could be put to secular or non-religious use, too – a nice embroidered gift for the wine aficionado, for example.
And there’s always the simple approach, too – the cotton bar towel worked in simple stitches with cotton floss.
And we can’t rule out the design’s potential in other crafts – paper crafts, painting, and the like. The painted top of a recipe box? A carved wood plaque? A mosaic trivet or outdoor table inlay – I’m thinking mosaic bubble glass tiles for those grapes.
Those are some of the things that pop into my head when I see this particular design, anyway. What about you? Any other ideas for it? Feel free to share some inspiration below!
Printable Stylized Grapes Embroidery Pattern
Here’s the PDF download for easy printing. The design prints at about 5″ tall, but you can enlarge or reduce it to suit your needs.
Hope you enjoy it!
If you’re hankering for something to stitch, do check out the many other free hand embroidery patterns available here on Needle ‘n Thread.
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