Free embroidery patterns for you

February 3rd, 2008

When I originally started blogging, I wanted to share some of the embroidery patterns I had built up with you all. I have used many of the fantastic patterns that have been posted on sites such as, and the many blogs I read regularly, and have really appreciated them. The patterns that were released in the UK aren’t often as kitsch as the ones in the US. They tend to be a bit more restrained, a bit more serious, more, well, English really! That doesn’t mean though that they aren’t lovely.

I clearly remember the Christmas after I started embroidering (I posted about my first attempts here ) I received a lovely little work basket from my sister and then going with my parents to a tiny needlework shop in one of the Victorian arcades in Hull, run my 2 lovely ladies. The downstairs was a wool shop, and upstairs they sold embroidery patterns and needlepoint kits. All the silks were in drawers in a glass fronted cabinet and I remember feeling like I was in a giant sweet shop with all the pretty colours and textures laid out before me. So exciting! Maybe there was no hope for me then – I would not grow up into a cool kid, I would be the geek sitting in the school choir making macrame friendship bracelets when Miss Logan the choir mistress wasn’t looking…
Anyway, I am new to this and just getting my head around playing with the images, so I will try and post a new image each week.
As it’s almost Valentines’ day, I will post this lovely rose - even if you don’t get flowers (and I personally would rather have a surprise on any other day of the year , just because, and not because it’s expected for …) that will be around for a lot longer than cut flowers. Enjoy x

2 Responses to “Free embroidery patterns for you”

  1. Katyon 04 Feb 2008 at 2:26 pm

    That’s a lovely rose pattern. One of these days I’ll sit down and actually try and do some proper embroidery…one of these days!
    I just saw the haul form the charity shop – blimey lady, how lucky are you?! Wow. I would have come out quite flushed also, so you’re not alone there!

  2. Nonnieon 13 Feb 2008 at 10:43 am

    I’ve just discovered your blog and when you mentioned the shop in Hull I just had to leave a comment. I grew up in Hull and remember the shop very well. Funnily enough I remember going in it regularly with my Mum when I was little and I didn’t really like it. I thought it was boring and old fashioned! Of course now I would love to go there but as I’m now living in London and my Mum and Dad are in the Cotswolds I rarely visit. But will definitely back to visit your blog again.

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