Wednesday 25 May 2016

Be the Best Version of YOU: Free Embroidery Pattern

Today I'm sharing the third free pattern in my positive embroidery series.

This one is a reminder to Be the Best Version of YOU.

Don't get lost comparing yourself to other people or squashing yourself into a mould cast by others, focus on your own life and how best to make your own spirit bloom!

This design fits nicely in a five inch embroidery hoop for framing, but if you want you can use a six inch hoop when stitching it to give yourself more room to work. I actually used a seven inch hoop when stitching this pattern as I'd managed to misplace my smaller hoops at the time and wanted to start sewing immediately, not faff about finding exactly the right size hoop.

The fabric I used is Cotton & Steel's XOXO in Ghost, which looks grey in some lights and almost brown in others (not ideal when you're taking photos of it, but it looks really lovely in real life!). For the stranded embroidery thread (floss) I used the same shades of pink and teal as I'd used in the earlier patterns, and added some turquoise blue for the stars.

The pattern is mostly stitched with backstitch, using three strands of six-strand embroidery thread (floss) and slowly sewing small stitches along all the curves. The small teal lines radiating from the circle are each sewn with one stitch.


Because my chosen backing fabric is rather pale, I was careful  not to carry my threads across the back of the work, giving a neat (ish!) finish. When sewing those final radiating single stitches, I stitched into/under the pink circle of stitching so the thread follows the circle round between the single stitches instead of stretching in straight lines from stitch to stitch.

You could frame the finished pattern in the hoop as a bit of embroidered art, use it to make something small like a zip purse or add it to a patchwork project. 

Click here to open the pattern sheet in another tab or window. Make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%.

This embroidery pattern is for non commercial use only: you can stitch it as many times as you like for yourself or as gifts, but please don't use it make anything for sale. You may borrow a photo or two if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

P.S. Let's not talk about how long it's been since I said I'd be sharing these "over the next few weeks"! Life, man, it gets in the way sometimes...

You'll find the first pattern here: Remember to be KIND to yourself.

And the second pattern here: Don't compare your INSIDE to someone else's OUTSIDE.

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Astrid (ach_gott) said...

Thank you very much!! Absolutely true and absolutely gorgeous.

Greetings from Cologne

bairozan said...

Simple and inspiring message!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks! xxx