July Friday Freebie Embroidery Pattern – Larkspur

Larkspur hand embroidery pattern

The Larkspur flower is the Birth flower for the month of July. There seems to be quite a few different meanings associated with the flower however the one that stands out to me is that it symbolises enjoying life.

They look gorgeous in all different colours and many individual colours have meanings of their own so this can be a great way to make something truly unique for someone who celebrates a birthday in July.

If you would like to stitch some of these fabulous flowers then you can download the template for the above design here…

Larkspur Pattern Template

Trace the design on to your fabric, pop in an embroidery hoop and get stitching…

larkspur free embroidery pattern

 

I used DMC floss and stitched with 2 strands throughout the design.

With green, start by stitching all the stems in split stitch.

Larkspur free embroidery patternThe colours I chose to stitch my flowers in were a mix of lilac, purple, pink and burgandy – choose your colours and start stitching with the centre flower.

Chain stitch the flowers on either side of the stem working your way up from the bottom to the top.

larkspur embroidery

To create a thicker looking flower, stitch the outer layer of chain stitch in the same colour on the same flower.

larkspur embroidery

Continue stitching the rest of the flower stems with chain stitch in the same way to complete the design. These are really nice and simple to stitch but look so pretty when completed.

Larkspur embroidery pattern by Stitchdoodles

If you stitch up some Larkspur flowers let me see how you get on. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook with @stitchdoodlesdesign.

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The Magic Sticky Fabri Solvy

There are so many ways to transfer your hand embroidery pattern on to your fabric. I have my own favourites and very often it depends on the design.

Here’s a sketch of one of my latest designs. The design idea was to replicate some of the many blocks from the ‘Dear Jane’ quilt by Jane A Stickle. I wanted a Mini embroidered version and it had to be quite precise in the drawing…

Since the original quilt had 169 blocks there were a lot to choose from. My 8 inch design contained 36 mini blocks (2cm in size!) This was all really nice and simple when it came to drawing it on graph paper however I soon realised when I wanted to transfer it to fabric this was not going to be possible by tracing!

sticky fabri solvy

So I decided it was a job for the magical stitcky fabri solvy by sulky (quite a mouthful I know!). The great thing about this is you can print directly on to it so for more complex designs, it is perfect.

mini embroidery design
Here’s the design printed straight on to the Magic stuff and then it has a sticky backing so all you need to do is stick it on to your fabric.

dear jane embroidery
So we’ll skip forward to after the stitching is all done so you can see how this stuff actually works…

Take a look at this short video and you will see how simple and stress free it is…

If you have a complex design that needs transferring or you just want to give this stuff a go – you can purchase single sheets from my shop here.

Here’s how the design looked once dryed, ironed and framed…dear jane embroidery

The pattern itself is not available just yet and once it is, I will be posting a tutorial for framing your work in a box frame just like I did with this one.

Happy Stitching!

Friday Freebie Pattern for June – Hand Embroidered Honeysuckle…

Welcome to June’s Friday Freebie Pattern. Following on with the chosen theme of Birth Flowers, the pattern for June is the Honeysuckle flower.

Honeysuckle pattern by Stitchdoodles

Honeysuckle flowers symbolise Happiness, Sweetness and Devotion (apparently!) so a perfect choice for this time of year!

Honeysuckle Pattern Template Download

Honeysuckle embroidery Flower

Once you have the template downloaded (from the link above) – transfer the pattern on to your fabric ready to stitch.

I used Robert Kauffman Essex Linen in Linen color.

Next you need to decide what colour you would like your flower to be. I had a gorgeous thread from Cottage Garden Threads which I purchased recently and this was the perfect excuse to try it out.

The thread was a stranded variegated cotton in a color called ‘Apricot Ice’. It stitched up beautifully as it was really soft and the colour variations were nice and even throughout. I used 2 strands for the petals. If you have DMC stranded cotton then 2 strands would stitch up the same as this thread.

The petals are all stitched in Long and Short stitch (also called needlepainting). Start from the bottom of each petal and work upwards filling in the shape as you go.

Once all the petals are stitched, using a light green, brick stitch vertically up the stem to fill.

The leaf is stitched in a dark green with Fishbone stitch. It would look equally nice in fly stitch or another of your choice.

This honeysuckle flower is a really simple and quick stitch for this months flower and would lend itself to so many colours – enjoy!

Yarn wrap an Embroidery Hoop for that wow factor!

I am forever looking for new ways to display my finished embroidery as it can be so boring to just use the wooden hoop to frame the design after you have spent all that time stitching.

I have been wrapping some of my hoops in a gorgeous variagated Malabrigo Yarn and have been asked many times how I get them to look so nice! Here’s a short video of the whole process so you can see for yourself…

The secret to getting it tightly wrapped is in the double sided adhesive tape I put on the inner edge of the ring to hold the yarn as I wrap. I use Stix2 Ultra Clear Tape.

Making sure you finish the yarn off on the underside of the hoop VERY securely is also crucial to a nice finish. Very often I use a hot glue gun for this but not everyone has one so you can use the double sided tape for this as well providing you are using a strong one like the Stixx 2.

Here’s a comparison of a design in a Flexi Hoop compared to the Yarn wrapped hoop. They are both really nice but I do think the Green Yarn compliments the design much more and makes the design really pop!

Why not give it a go and let me know how you get on!

Friday Freebie Pattern for May… Hand Embroidered Lily of the Valley…

Welcome to May’s Friday Freebie Pattern. Following on with the chosen theme of Birth Flowers, the pattern for May is Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley symbolises happiness, humility and sweetness …

Once you have the template downloaded (from the link above) – transfer the pattern on to your fabric ready to stitch.

I used Robert Kauffman Essex Linen in Sand.

Choose your colours. I used DMC stranded threads – 2 strands for all the stitches in the following colours …

For the 3 large leaves, I used 1 strand of #699 plus 1 strand of #3345 to give a variegated look to the leaf. Thread up your needle with the 2 different colours (1 strand of each).

I Stitched the leaves with Brick Stitch. Starting in the centre of the first leaf – Brick stitch a line all the way up from the bottom to the top of the leaf so you have a good starting point. Then continue to fill in the leaf with brick stitch working from your centre line outwards on each side.

Before you stitch the middle leaf, using #704, stem stitch the stems for the flowers otherwise your brick stitch will cover them up.

The best order for stitching the individual parts where they overlap each other is Main Leaf, then green stems, then white flowers.

Here’s a nice close up for you with stitch and colour guide for each part of the flower…

Lily of the Valley Free Pattern by StitchDoodles

Finally, I decided to Back stitch a line in black where the leaves meet so they could be distinguished from one another ( if preferred, leave this step out.)

So there you have it, frame as desired, sit back and admire!

Show me how you get on if you decide to stitch some of these flowers for yourself.