Have you been contemplating a new project to kick of 2019, but you weren’t quite sure what to stitch?
Well, today, I’m sharing a hand embroidery pattern that I call Feathered Fourths. It’s a design based on a repeat of four, and it features some stylized peacock feathers in each repeat.
I’ll tell you a little about the design and what I originally planned to do with it, too, which might give you some ideas for stitching it!
When I first started doodling Feathered Fourths, I was imagining a design worked in peacock colors. I wanted a little bit of a “masquerade” mask effect (I was going to call the design Masquerade initially, but the look didn’t come across by the time I finished doodling!). The center bit with the squared lattice lines started out as a mask shape, but things just sort of evolved away from that.
By using both metallics and coordinating silks in the design, I envisioned using the design to demonstrate different ways that shaded effects could be achieved with metallics.
I’ve not had the chance to stitch the design (yet) – and who knows? I might never get a chance! But in the meantime, I thought I’d pass it along to you. It’s been sitting on the burner for too long. It deserves some attention!
Of course, the pattern could be stitched with different approaches. You might take a glance at it and envision something entirely different!
Free Hand Embroidery Design – Printable PDF
Here’s the free design for you. If you choose no scaling when you print, it should print about 6″ square.
I hope you enjoy it! And I hope this first month of the New Year has been going along splendidly for you so far!
Looking for More?
If you’d like to browse through other free hand embroidery patterns, you’ll find many available in my hand embroidery patterns index here on Needle ‘n Thread.
If you enjoy kaleidoscope designs for stitching, why not take a look at my e-book, Favorite Kaleidoscopes, which offers over 30 kaleidoscope designs for hand embroidery, ranging from simple to complex, from small to large? You’ll find it available here!