This week I have two free small hand embroidery patterns for my readers. The first, this hand embroidery pattern is a flourish that can be a date panel on a needlework sampler. As regular reader know I work an ongoing project which is a band sampler that is over 100 feet long. Each year I date it. Early next year I will start a new section of the sampler with this pattern and add the year in the centre panel in this design. If you want to read more about my “For the Love of Stitching“ band sampler you will find the back story and photos here.
This second free pattern is meant to have a bit of a Christmas flavour. It started out as 4 candles around a square. So the design fits a little more into the holiday season. Once again you can work this in outline stitches such as stem stitch, chain stitch, whipped back stitch or couching. Or the solid areas can be worked in in Satin stitch. I hope people will enjoy it.
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.