Free Hand Embroidery Patterns Online

I love free hand embroidery patterns and have been browsing the Internet archive and discovered An Embroidery Pattern Book by Mary Waring. This book is free to download and as the title suggests is full patterns.

free hand embroidery pattern of treesLet me share some of the delightful patterns that I discovered in this book. I pounced on these as they would make great motifs for the holiday season. Of course when I saw this pattern I thought of Christmas trees and immediately thought they would be good motifs on a stocking,  on small gift bags or they could be used as hand embroidered inserts on cards. Decorated with beads and sequins they would make fun projects for young stitchers too.

hand embroidery pattern for Christmas decorations

These motifs would lend themselves to being used as Christmas tree decorations or as little decorative elements in crazy quilting or on small needlework projects such as needle books or biscorno pin cushions.

hand embroidery pattern The book opens with a section on borders which you can use on borders but also will give crazy quilters lots of ideas for seam decorations too! A section on pattern darning made me want to try some of them on my sampler as pattern darning is an ideal technique to fill an area.

hand embroidery pattern of flowersI am always looking for ideas to interpret flowers so this set inspired a few fresh doodles.

hand embroidery pattern of insectsHere are the bugs to go alongside them!

hand embroidery pattern of rabbit mouse squirrel and hedgehogAdd a few woodland creatures and then some birdlife and you have a whole scene.

free hand embroidery pattern of birdsAs you can see many of these patterns are meant to be used as single motifs which make them ideal for embroidery on a crazy quilt project.

Readers who like retro stitching will love the patterns found in  An Embroidery Pattern Book by Mary Waring. There are many treasures to be discovered in out of copyright resources. They do not have the modern photography and lush illustrations of modern books but often they hold charming patterns and good solid stitching tips that are not found in todays books.

All of the books on the Internet Archive are offered in various formats such as PDF, EPUB, Kindle, a text file, or as an html file which means you can read them online.

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  1. Sharon I can’t make up my mind if you are Wonderful or Wik-ked. LOL The book is fantastic and I bookmarked it for slow reading – slow because it looks sooo interesting.
    I’ve printed out the samples you have above and can see many uses for them.

    Thanks a million.
    p.s. What do you do in your spare time???

  2. Hi
    I actually bought this book on line about a year ago and it is delightful. I was hugely lucky to receive a copy with a hand stitched linen cover obviously done in the thirties when the book was new. Some of the writing is really amusing as she makes rather sarcastic comments about stitchers who only ever follow purchased patterns amd how they don’t get as much out of their work as those who design for themselves. The book aimed to get people using parts of these deisgns and putting them together in their own ways.

  3. Ooooh, Sharon. What a temptress you are 🙂 Thanks so much for these little ‘tasters’ from what is obviously a cornucopia of stitching ideas. Apologies for waxing so lyrical but it is 5.45 on a glorious summer morning in South Africa after a day of great rain; and it was such a joy to open your site to see all of this stuff.

    I would also like to thank you for all the hard work that you put into giving us such super ideas and encouraging us to ‘step outside the box’ in our embroidery endeavours.


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