Today’s post is a free embroidery pattern that I designed for my Granny’s birthday. I wanted it to look like a cross-section of a meadow, with lots of grasses, seed heads and small insects. Take a look at the pictures and download the pdf if you fancy making it yourself!
It’s been a bit quiet here recently hasn’t it? That’s because I’m in the midst of a very exciting new project. I promise I will tell you all about it very soon…
To make a floral meadow embroidery, you will need:
- 25cm embroidery hoop
- 50cm² piece of linen or high thread count cotton (I used white, but cream, pale blue or pale green would also work well)
- 30cm² piece of white felt 30cm² piece of felt in another colour (optional: if you want to finish your design at the back)
- this free embroidery pattern
- a light box (or masking tape and a window)
- a magic disappearing fabric marker pen
- embroidery silks or cottons in various colours
- a needle
How to make a floral meadow embroidery:
- Download the free embroidery pattern and print in A4
- Use your light box to trace the pattern onto the linen using magic disappearing fabric marker pen (or tape it to the window). I suggest doing a small area at a time, unless you are an extremely quick stitcher, otherwise the design will disappear before you have had a chance to embroider it…
- Hoop up.
- Start anywhere you want and stitch over the design in your choice of colours. I did not use the natural (correct) colours for most of my plants, but I still think the design works. Of course I did use traditional colours for the the bugs!
- I used a combination of back stitch, whipped back stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, seed stitch, french knots and fishbone stitch. Again, this is not an exact science, so choose whatever stitches work for you (or learn a new one)!
- Follow the awesome step-by-step tutorial from Sew Mama Sew to finish and frame your embroidery in the hoop.
I really enjoyed this stitching project and I especially love how the bugs and snail turned out – so cute!
P.S. Take a look at The Paperdashery’s blog for more beautiful craft tutorials including origami ideas…