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Fancy Floral: A Free Hand Embroidery Pattern!


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Good morning, and a Happy Monday all around!

Today, just a quick little freebie for you! This is a pattern I’ve been playing with off and on for a while, with the hopes of stitching it. I even got as far as picking out threads and colors, but I’ve never actually gotten to the embroidery. Who knows? Maybe one day!

It’s not on my current list of stuff to get done, though, which means it won’t happen too soon, so I thought I’d share the pattern, anyway. Maybe it’ll tickle your fancy, too!

Fancy Floral - Hand Embroidery Pattern

This particular pattern is a Dillmont re-make (like this one and this one, though today’s is a little more intricate).

Taking one of the larger corner designs from an old Dillmont book, I highlighted just an excerpt of it – the part I liked best – changing the placement of some of the elements and re-imagining a couple others that I didn’t really like on the original.

I’ve got a very specific idea for the embroidery on this one, and eventually, I’ll share it with you. But really, this particular embroidery pattern is suitable for all kinds of surface embroidery techniques. If you were really adventurous, for example, there are plenty of elements on it that would serve for stumpwork. But you can also go simple with regular surface embroidery stitches. Maybe whitework’s your thing? That would work, too!

The Printable Pattern

Here’s the printable pattern for you:

Fancy Floral Hand Embroidery Pattern

You can save it to your computer and print it when you want it. If you choose “no scaling” or “actual size” the design should print just short of 8″ high and about 5.5″ wide.

Looking for More?

You can find plenty of free hand embroidery patterns for your personal use here on Needle ‘n Thread, if you’re itching for something fun to stitch!

If you want something that involves a little more instructions, feel free to check out my collection of e-books available here!

Next up, we’ll talk about the techie side of hand embroidery designs, for those interested. See you then!


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  1. Dear Mary

    The Fancy Floral pattern is lovely and lots of techniques and colours spring to mind with it. I’m really looking forward to the technical of how to create a pattern. I’m really bad at drawing and would love to know how you create your patterns. Thanks for sharing this lovely Fancy Floral pattern with us look forward to your future posts.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  2. Dean Mary,

    I am very happy with this design because for weeks now I have been looking for inspiration on the web for a pillow design for my bed. Like Anita I am really bad at drawing and this post is the answer I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, have a great day!

  3. I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful designs, tutorials, blog, and wealth of information. I was just in Mexico City, where I lived years ago, and visited the famous artisan’s market. The embroidery was so inspiring and I decided I wanted to learn this craft. I use knitting and sewing as my creative outlet, and used to do cross stitch. Your site has inspired me greatly. Thank you!

  4. Thanks Mary. This has grabbed my interest to the point I have just finished blocking it out on a frame and looking for ideas for colors and stitches. We will see how it goes.

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