Tuesday 31 May 2016

You are STRONGER than You Know: Free Embroidery Pattern

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Time for the final pattern in my positive embroidery series!

Life can throw a lot of difficult stuff at us sometimes. You might be facing a scary challenge - a big mountain to climb or a dark tunnel to walk through before you reach lighter, happier times - but you are stronger than you know.


Like the other three patterns in this series (remember to be kind to yourself, don't compare your inside to someone else's outside and be the best version of you)  this design fits nicely in a five inch embroidery hoop for framing. If you like, you can use a six inch hoop when stitching it to give yourself more room to work and get those scallop edges nice and neat.


I chose Cotton & Steel's XOXO in Ghost as my backing fabric, which looks grey in some lights and almost brown in others. The design is stitched in pink and teal, with turquoise blue 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.


If you're using a pale backing fabric (like the one I've used) take care not to carry your threads across the back of the work.

When you sew the final radiating single stitches, stitch 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.

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beafactura said...

So pretty and absolutely true :)

Canteiro de Ideias said...

Your blog is very beautiful!!! I feel inspired and enchanted!!!♥

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks for the kind words, both of you! x

Miaismine said...

Thank you for this beautiful, encouraging pattern. When it first popped into my Inbox, I immediately thought of stitching it for my granddaughter. But, as I entered a painful time in my life, I realized I could use it as well.....then I thought of more people I know who would also be encouraged by these words. Thank you for....for such an amazingly simple, yet oh so powerful pattern!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks so much for your kind comment!I am so glad to hear this pattern has struck a chord with you, I hope you will enjoy stitching it xx