My Secret Source For Over 300 Free Hand Embroidery Patterns

IMG_0273.jpg

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?)

 Jodie Ruffle x DMC

Jodie Ruffle x DMC

Plus, not only are the patterns free, but each pattern page includes the option to buy the kit to complete the project.

Screen Shot 2018-10-22 at 1.18.22 PM.png

The pattern that really stoked my creative fire is Island Bloom, a collaboration with artist Jess Phoenix.

 Island Bloom pattern by Jess Phoenix for DMC

Island Bloom pattern by Jess Phoenix for DMC

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.

 I trace designs with a fine point  Sharpie Pen  and just make sure to cover all of the pen markings with floss. I find it ten times easier than working with transfer papers or chalks or transfer pens.

I trace designs with a fine point Sharpie Pen and just make sure to cover all of the pen markings with floss. I find it ten times easier than working with transfer papers or chalks or transfer pens.

  Bamboo embroidery hoops  are inexpensive and effective. This hoop was a little too big for this project.

Bamboo embroidery hoops are inexpensive and effective. This hoop was a little too big for this project.

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.)

IMG_0253.jpg
IMG_0257.jpg
IMG_0271.JPG

You Might Also Like: