Happy Valentines Day!
Why not share the love by stitching up this FREE valentines design for someone special in your life.
How wonderful is this design? and the best part is that it’s so simple to stitch – perfect for beginners and seasoned stitchers alike.
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Cotton or Linen Fabric approx. 8 inch square
Transfer Pen to draw the design on your fabric
Embroidery Thread in your chosen colours
Pattern Template – available from the link at the bottom of this post.
Let’s Get Stitching…
First you will need to access the FREE Template Download from my Pattern Resource Library – you can access this through the link at the bottom of this post.
Using a frixion Pen trace the template on to your fabric. The reason why I love using Frixion pens as my method of transfer is that they are so smooth on the fabric , give a nice sized outline and when you are done stitching, if there is a bit of the line visible I can just go over it with a warm iron and watch it disappear.
The design is 5 x 5 inches and the template is given at 100% – if you wanted to resize it you could easily do this.
Starting your stitching…
I always start stitching a design in the centre so that it maintains an even tension in your hoop as you stitch.
I used DMC stranded thread and used 2 strands throughout my design. You can of course change the colours and the thread as its up to you!
In red – with a couching stitch – complete the words ‘BEE MINE’
Next, Satin Stitch the yellow sections of the bee, then back stitch the outline in black before satin stitching the black sections.
Couch the Bee wings, Straight stitch the antennae.
The flight line of the bee is a simple running stitch.
Once your bee is buzzing you can start with the ferns – the repetative nature of these is really relaxing to stitch.
I used 3 different shades of green and varied them around the design. Each line of fern was stitched from the top to the bottom in continuous fly stitch. I secured off the thread each time to avoid seeing thread lines from the back. (but that’s just me!)
The template gives you the straight lines so you can just makes the fly stitches in a more organic way which gives the pattern a much nicer feel.
Once you have finished you can keep it in the hoop you stitched it in or find a fancy one to jazz it up a bit.
Another idea is to mount it in a card for someone on Valentines Day! That would be very special indeed. Do you know someone who deserves something that special!
If you stitch this buzzing bee, snap a photo as I’d love to see your creations! You can send me photos at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include them here with your permission. I lovelovelove to see your photos!
Free Template Files for the Bee Mine Pattern
Get the password for the library with the free template file here by filling out this form: