Delightful hand embroidery patterns that are free

delightful hand embroidery patternsThe Antique pattern Library  have published some delightful hand embroidery patterns that are free to use. You will find them listed as E-CL016 Iron-on transfer patterns or simply follow the link

This set of vintage  iron-on patterns would be suitable for beginners as most can be worked in stitches such as chain stitch, detached chain and stems stitch. If you are new hand to embroidery here is 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners a PDF file I wrote a while back. These stitches can be applied to these types of patterns. Also check out the first few weeks of TAST for basic stitches and more descriptive tutorials and vintage pattern collectors alike.

These  delightful hand embroidery patterns are meant to be used for small items such as pin cushions, doilies, tray cloths, guest towels and the like. There are also a few letters included in the collection. Crazy quilters will find them useful to use in the middle of patches and I can see them interpreted using silk ribbon embroidery or adapted to beading.

delightful hand embroidery patterns 2These images are a couple of examples from this set of free patterns. They are free, no sign up is required but the Antique Pattern Library are sticklers for you having the latest version of Adobe reader for security reasons. If when you try to open or download a pdf file you receive a message asking for a password you need to upgrade your version of acrobat reader as no passwords are required. If you have problems go to their FAQ page.

More Monograms for Hand Embroidery

Album d'Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2 coverThe Antique Pattern Library announced the availability of another free ebook. This publication is listed as Album d’Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2. It is a 101 page collection of Monogram designs. The scans are clear and well produced.

As time goes on and the more I work my long band sampler the more I like to include lettering so I am becoming more interested in monograms and lettering. I find I have quite a collection and this book of designs will only add to it!

As usual the best way to highlight the value of this free ebook is share some page spreads.

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These monograms for hand embroidery are all from a free ebook   Album d’Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2.

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The book contains 63 Alphabets.

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Some a very traditional while others have a modern Art Deco style.

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Most of the alphabets are for surface embroidery but there are also patterns for people who do cross stitch too!

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An overview of each page is here and the PDF file is available here

Problems? The Antique Pattern Library are sticklers for you having the latest version of Adobe reader for security reasons. If when you try to open or download a pdf file you receive a message asking for a password you need to upgrade your version of acrobat reader as no passwords are required. You also may need to update your browser. If you have other troubles go to their FAQ page.

Happy Holidays! and little gift

I want wish all my readers a safe and happy holiday season and wish all the best for the coming year. I really do appreciate my readers. I have a little gift of a free hand embroidery pattern which I hope readers enjoy.

Free Christmas tree pattern colouredA free hand embroidery Pattern of a Christmas trees!

Free Christmas tree patternYou can outline the trees in stem stitch or chain stitch and there is plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I have also made it available in PDF file format so you can print it out easily. Download the PDF file here

Other free resources

There are many other free resources on this site.

Probably one of the most useful resources for crazy quilters is a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. I have a screenshot below of one of the 17 page mini ebook. In case you missed it, here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

screenshot of tutoralIf  you need to know how to work hand embroidery stitches, I have provided free,  12 Surface Stitches for Beginners. Follow the link for a direct PDF download.

There are also free modules in my stitchers worksheets which cover the basic stitches. They are free and none of my stuff asks you to subscribe to anything or join this or that, they are a simple give away.

In this past I regularly give away free crazy quilt block patterns from my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt  follow the links to each block that is listed on CQ Details FAQ page

This last year

In this last year I have been working on my book. In August I announced that I had signed with C&T Publishers. I was thinking of self publishing but I decided the traditional route as I think I will write a better book if I work with a good publisher. I did have to do some re-thinking but it is still on track.

The other thing I have been working on is my second set of stitchers templates. I now have two sets of templates available and both have a ebook of patterns that go with them.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

dove from Crazy Quilt Templates set 2


In July the hand embroidery Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) challenge re-run came back by popular demand.The   TAST facebook group is really very popular and at the time of writing there are over 2,400 members. That makes for a very active and fun stitch along!  All are welcome

Next year

I plan to carry on working on this book and make the publishers deadline…

Take a stitch Tuesday will continue. I will recommence posting a new TAST stitch on January 12th. If you want to know more about the challenge you can see the guidelines on the TAST FAQ page.

As many of you have noticed I have been posting stitch tutorials as  I am moving my stitch dictionary here. Just about every page needs updating and I am re-writing many bit by bit and this will continue. Also an index page listing all the stitches will appear soon. With this project it’s a chicken and egg situation I need the pages created on pintangle before I can create an index page of links to them. So that is happening steadily.

I will of course be writing about other things too


Anyway from wherever in world you are, my home to yours, my best wishes and stay safe this holiday season. I hope all your needles are easily threaded, your floss stays knot and tangle free.

Happy Holidays and see you next year!