Yesterday I promised a few free patterns, so today I will make good my promise.
I have a couple of patterns that can be downloaded and used for either for Christmas decorations or on projects such as bags. Crazy Quilters could also use them as motifs too. I hope people like them and find they are useful. I have kept them simple so that they can be used in many ways and applied to different projects and decorated in different ways.
Here is the first free pattern in an ad hoc series. If you click on the image you will be taken to a larger version from there the magnify glass icon in the right hand corner will take you to a larger version again. I have left the patterns reasonably large so that people can scale them to suit their needs.
I stitched up a couple of samples.
The first will become a Christmas tree decoration. The design is simply worked in a couched thread. I could have hand embroidered the lines in stem stitch or chain stitch just as easily. There a simply endless possibilities for further embellishment with this design but I kept it very simple adding a few sequins. (In our house you can’t have Christmas without sequins)
The second was worked in a thick cream cotton thread (that is actually a crochet cotton thread) on a light weight denim that actually came from a recycled shirt. Influenced by the traditon of candlewicking embroidery I embellished it with french knots and finished it off with wooden buttons.
It would be ideal to work on a tote or a bag as a gift.
With that in mind I worked out a few repeats. The first is simply 3 motifs in a row. (These designs are also available just click on them.)
The second a block of 4 could be interesting to take further on a Tote bag.
The second design I have been playing with is this one. It would be equally interesting to place in repeat.
The sample I will make into a Christmas decoration but it would lend itself to other interpretations too.
This type of post is a bit of an experiment, I hope people like them or it provokes a few ideas.
These patterns are released under a Creative Commons License. You are free to use them but please attribute them to me, and link back here. Thanks.
For those who are beginners in hand embroidery I am writing a step by step guide on how I transfered these designs to fabric and then how I stitched them. So swing back here soon as they should be up by the end of the week.