A second abstract floral hand embroidery pattern

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.


Close detail of thread twisties

Thread Twisties!

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.


    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
    1. Suzanne there are embroidery stitch instructions in the book but obviously not every stitch I have online as that would fill 3 books! But the book is about crazy quilting

  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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