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.

How to hand embroider Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch in contemporary embroideryWhipped Spoke Stitch is also known as whipped ring, raised spokes, ribbed spoke stitch, and ribbed stitch. Most often you see this stitch worked in a circle with the foundation stitches referred to as spokes but you can work this stitch on a line of straight foundations stitches or use it to fill a shape.

Whipped wheel stitch is a close relative as Whipped spoke Stitch  involves laying down a series of spokes and whipping them. This produces a line or shape of ridged stitches. Use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.

How to work Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 1Lay down foundation stitches of straight stitch, in the shape you wish to work. In this sample I have used a line of straight stitches worked in perle#5 cotton

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 2Bring your thread up at the start of the foundation stitches and slide the needle under one thread and thread it through. Move back to the start and slide the needle under two threads.
Pull the thread through and you have whipped the first spoke.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 3Note that the needle does not go through the fabric.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 4For the rest of the line slide the needle under two threads, pull it through and move back one thread and once again slide the needle under two threads.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 5Repeat this action, whipping each spoke as you progress across the shape. When you have finished the first row take your needle through the fabric and return to where you began and work a second until the rows fill the shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch step 6Whipped spokes can be used alone as an accent stitch of colour or texture, or can fill a shape to produce a textured filling.

Whipped Spoke Stitch in the round
The spokes can be arranged around a ring, in a line, in a fan shape or a free form shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch sample

In this sample I used it to work a small basket for a bunch of silk ribbon flowers. It is 6 straight stitches whipped with a hand dyed cotton #5 perle thread.

Whipped Spoke Stitch sample

In this sample the shells are created by fanning out the foundations stitches into a fan shape.

Whipped Spoke Stitch arounda bead

In contemporary embroidery working Whipped spoke stitch around beads and found objects creates interest.

Whipped Spoke StitchIn this sample  donut bead is secured to the fabric using 8 straight stitches which were then whipped. I added a french knot at the base of each straight stitch. The thread in cotton perle #5.

As you can see there are many possibilities for this stitch to create either small embroidered motifs in a more traditional embroidery or interesting areas of texture in contemporary embroidery.  I hope you enjoy Whipped spoke stitch

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Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 42

TAST stitch 42 fern stitch sample
TAST stitch 42 is a very easy quick stitch to work so for those who need catch up time just jump in and do it. Fern stitch  consists of a simple arrangement of 3 straight stitches but this deceptively simple stitch is ideal to use in floral sprays, Christmas wreaths and if worked in single units as bird foot prints across a sandy beach scene.
TAST stitch 42 beaded fern stitch sample
Also the there is also a beaded version of Fern Stitch which I am sure crazy quilters and those who like richly decorated surfaces will enjoy.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Fern Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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