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5 Free Hand Embroidery Patterns + Resources for the Modern Needlework Artist

by Lisa Shaffer
craft & maker

Want to get crafty this summer? Embroidery is the perfect hobby to take on the road, to the pool, or by the beach. It’s small, portable, and you can stitch away pretty much anywhere! To get you stitching and inspired, I have pulled together some of my favorite resources for embroidery patterns. There is an incredible selection online that are both free, will cost you a little cash, and are super modern. We are talking cool and chic home décor, not your grandma’s recipe sampler!

My favorite resource for fun and modern embroidery patterns is Sublime Stitching. Sublime has an incredible selection of transfer patterns, PDF patterns that you can quickly download, and also FREE patterns! They regularly post a small selection of free sample patterns before they go to print and have them available for download with instructions and thread colors.

A bit more traditional, but also beautiful are the free patterns at Needle Crafter. You will have to go on a bit more of a search to find modern designs here, but the arts and craft section, and the geometric section have some beauties. This chic tulip pillow design is from the arts and crafts section.

If you are into the whole vintage vibe, there is no better place to grab beautiful free vintage patterns than Pattern Bee. Pattern Bee is dedicated to making vintage patterns available again and they have a wonderful selection of both free and pay patterns. I particularly love their Redwork motifs.

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credit: Pattern Bee

Mollie of Wild Olive posts some gorgeous patterns and projects to get your inspiration going. Her blog is full of modern and stylish project like this embroidered plush kitty. All posts have easy to follow instructions and listed materials.

Find 5 Free Hand Embroidery Patterns + Resources for the Modern Needlework Artist on the CreativeLive Blog.

credit: Wild Olive

An endless number of free hand embroidery patterns, both modern and vintage can be found at Alina’s Adventures. Blogger and crafting expert Alina has pulled together an incredible list of resources for free patterns. Too extensive to even sample here, the list is broken down by category. Everything from letters to animals and plants. This dandelion flower curtain from Coats and Clark is one of my favorites from her suggested resources.

Whether you are into the vintage vibe or looking to add an embellished touch to your boho home, nothing says handmade like embroidery. Check out the complete line-up of embroidery and cross-stitch classes on CreativeLive to get inspired and start your own projects this summer!

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Lisa Shaffer

Lisa is best known for her modern needlework jewelry designs for Zelma Rose and her fine art needlework installations.