My Secret Source For Over 300 Free Hand Embroidery Patterns
If craft procrastination was a college major, I would graduate summa cum laude.
Whenever I get down to the final, excruciating steps of a large craft project and my motivation is completely tapped, it’s astounding how good I am at finding hundreds of other new projects to get started on. And with such enthusiasm!
Faced with tackling the last few border strips of my Kaffe Rainbow Lone Star quilt last week, I stumbled upon the DMC collection of free hand embroidery patterns, and it was one of the best things that has happened to me this year.
The designs are modern, inspired, and stylish - a refreshing contrast to some embroidery that leans too “cutesy”. (If I’m going to invest 10 hours into a project it should be something that I would actually wear or display in my home. Right?)
Plus, not only are the patterns free, but each pattern page includes the option to buy the kit to complete the project.
The pattern that really stoked my creative fire is Island Bloom, a collaboration with artist Jess Phoenix.
For my project, I used Presencia Finca floss since I have an entire display case of it and I could get started right away. (I was able to match the colors fairly well with the DMC to Finca color chart.) The only trouble I had was with the Presencia metallic gold thread which was quite challenging to work with. I look forward to giving the DMC metallics a try. In fact, the DMC website has been such an inspiration that I have a feeling that I will be working with DMC as much as possible moving forward.
Every DMC floss is available for purchase individually from the DMC site, and they offer free shipping over $30 with 5-7 business day shipping time. Pretty darn good.
The only drawback is that the instructions on each pattern are fairly sparse - they are mostly just color placement and stitch suggestions. Don’t get me wrong, this is enough for an experienced stitcher to work from, but it made me realize that a post on how to work from embroidery patterns would be quite helpful. (Stay tuned.)