8 April 2016

Happy Stitches ~ FREE Embroidery Pattern





Remember that work in progress I shared last time, well it's officially a finish woohoo!  I loved every happy little stitch that went in to making it.  The pretty Sommer fabrics (which you can find here) that I used for the dresden plate inspired the embroidery, which I stitched over a few evenings completely free hand without a hoop or following a pattern...... I just went with the flow.  I used Aurifloss, which is a 6 stranded cotton embroidery floss and I used a mix of 2 or 3 strands.  I don't know about you, but the wooden spools had me at hello!





I hadn't intended on adding any wording but stitching 'happy' captured my mood perfectly!

The dresden is fast becoming a favourite block of mine and comes together so quickly and easily........ as with all the dresden plates I have made, I used a dresden ruler designed to cut the blades...... it's really great, you can adjust the size of your blades and therefore the finished dresden by using the measurements marked on it.  I made a 4" diameter circle for the centre.  To get perfect curves I find the interfacing method of applique gets the best results for me.  I use L11 'sew in' interfacing.

By the way, the gorgeous background fabric is Essex Linen in Pewter.  After much umming and agghing I opted for some simple hand quilting using Aurifil 12wt (#2360 in Chocolate Brown).   The binding is the soft yellow gingham from Windermere...... (please note it's not stripey as per my norm!!!!!)



I had so much fun making this I thought it would be nice to share a little happiness, so I drew up a little happy pattern for the embroidery, which you can download for free HERE



Wishing you lots of happy stitches!
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  1. Oh my gosh that is so gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing the sweet embroidery too 😊 Have a great weekend, Helen

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  2. Thank you for the sweet embroidery pattern! And I love your beautiful quilting...can't wait to try some of my own!

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  3. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. I have made this and have shown it on my blog today. It made me very happy. This will make a wonderful addition to my Circle 365 project.

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