Free Hand Embroidery Pattern of Abstract Seed Pods

Free hand embroidery pattern from Pintangle.comI have a hand embroidery pattern of abstract seed pods to share with you today. Click on the image to see a larger version which you can save to your desktop for use. Scale the pattern in graphic program to fit the project you choose. It would work well on an item like a bag or small cushion. If you wanted to scale it smaller you could use it in crazy quilting, a book cover, sewing caddy or anything really!

To work this design I would choose a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle #8 or #5. This design could be worked using surface embroidery stitches using back stitch,  chain stitch, whipped chain stitch,or  stem stitch. The leaves could be filled with a stitch such as Cretan Stitch. Follow the links to tutorials.

The round black dots are the abstract seed pods. These could be beads, sequins, or created using oyster stitch, or satin stitch, buttonhole wheels or if you are  little more experienced with a needle and thread buttonhole wheel cups, or Cast on stitches.

How ever you adapt the pattern I hope you enjoy stitching it.

If you need to know how I would transfer this pattern to fabric, I have a tutorial on how to transfer embroidery designs to fabric.

This pattern is for non commercial use and I ask please if you share link back to Pintangle.

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Twisted Lattice Band Tutorial

Twisted lattice band creates an attractive band of stitching which can be used as a border or if you do crazy quilting it is a stitch that creates a quick seam embellishment. You can also work Twisted lattice band row upon row to create an interesting filling.

Work a row of double herringbone stitch Version 1 quite loosely and space slightly wider than normal. The lacing in the second part of this stitch which will tighten the stitches slightly and if you space the foundation stitches a little wider it gives you room for thicker threads if you want to use them.

The lacing is worked in two journeys. Please note the weaving in Twisted lattice band will not work if you do not use this version of double herringbone as you need the woven cross bars for the lacing thread to sit neatly.

Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation herringbone stitch. With this stitch, take care to lace and not to pick up any of the fabric.

How to hand embroider Twisted Lattice band

Twisted lattice band 1To lace the foundation stitches thread the needle under the herringbone cross bar in an upward direction as illustrated then move across the crossed bars, turn the needle and thread in an upward direction again.

Twisted lattice band 2Work along the base of the herringbone foundation stitches then turn your piece and work along the top along the top.

Twisted lattice band 3

If you experiment with different threads you can develop some really interesting effects.

Twisted lattice band 4

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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.