A second abstract floral hand embroidery pattern

Free hand embroidery pattern from Pintangle.comThe embroidery pattern I am sharing today matches or rhymes with the pattern I shared last month. If you ever want to browse what I have shared in the past in the way of freebies take a look at the Free patterns category.

Designs like this are ideal to use on a crazy quilt block but if you are someone who is interested in hand embroidery this type of pattern work well on most small items. You can use it on things like small gift bags, a sewing caddy, needlebook, book cover, purse or bag.

For this pattern 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 flowers could be worked by simply outlining them or you could fill them with satin stitch or outline satin stitch. For the little abstract lines that stick out from the flowers you could use straight stitch and bead or French knot or work them in pistil stitch.

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.

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

Follow the links to tutorials if you need a refresher on how to work the stitches.  Clicking  on the image will take you to  a larger version. Save to your computer by right clicking on the image and choosing to save.

This pattern is for non commercial use.

holding my book in front of quiltHave you seen my book?

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I teach you how to balance colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the viewers eye around a crazy quilted project. I show you how to build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways using a handful of stitches. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.


    1. Jacki it is a case of experimenting with what you like but I usually recommend that new hands start with cotton perle thread #8 and #5 – test them on and scrap and work with what ever size thread appeals to you. Different stitches respond to different threads and different thicknesses of thread

  1. Hope you are enjoying your trip. This may be a duplicate comment. The first one did not let me know if it posted. I love your embroidery stitch lessons. Will there be any embroidery stitch instructions in your crazy quilt book?

    Suzanne Ramsay
  2. I love your instructions for stitches. They are well done. In the section about you, you mention you will have a book published in 2017 about crazy quilts. Will you have embroidery stitch instructions? Hope you have and are enjoying your travels.

    Suzanne Ramsay

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