Happy Wednesday! It seems like a terrific day to share a heart-y hand embroidery design with you, just in case you’re looking for something very February-y to stitch.
Now, I know this looks like a weird pattern. It can almost make your eyes a little wonky if you look at it too long. When I doodled it up a while ago, I had a specific vision for it.
I always have visions for doodles. They don’t always materialize, but I enjoy them while they last!
I’ll tell what I had in mind for this particular embroidery pattern…
I was thinking about all kinds of line stitches, stitch combinations, and composite stitches when I doodled this.
If you have worked any of the letters from my Stitch Sampler Alphabet collection, you’ll understand what I mean! All the non-floral parts of the letters in that alphabet are worked in a variety of line stitches, stitch combinations, and composite stitches.
I viewed this design as a kind of line-stitch-combo-composite-conglomeration-sampler-thing. I was just doodling up something to play with, to explore stitches on.
So that’s how the curly heart came about, and that was my vision. It isn’t an earth-shattering vision. But I think it would loads of fun!
I’m still planning to play with it. I have the design transferred to fabric already – it’s just a matter of finding a little Play Time right now. If I do it, I’ll share it with you – whether it comes out as planned or not!
But in the meantime, you can take the idea and run with it.
Hand Embroidery Pattern Printable
I’ve supplied two sizes of the pattern on the handy-dandy PDF printable below. There’s a small version, about 3.25″ wide, and a larger version that’s about 5″ wide. The idea is that the smaller one will fit within a 4″ hoop and the larger one will fit in a 6″ hoop.
If you stitch the small version, it will work better with finer threads (say, 2 strands of DMC), whereas the larger version could feasibly handle heavier threads.
Here’s the PDF:
Looking for More?
You can find more Valentine’s Day embroidery patterns free here on Needle ‘n Thread. Here are a few:
If you’re looking for some thorough step-by-step stitching instructions for heart-themed embroidery, perhaps you’d enjoy my e-book, Will Ewe Bee Mine?
The e-book features a cute heart-themed alphabet (as well as a sheep-themed and bee-themed alphabet) and matching borders, with step-by-step stitching instructions for all the motifs. You can find Will Ewe Bee Mine? available here.
Hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!