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Embroidery Projects for Beginners

Beginner Embroidery Projects

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Here's a list of embroidery patterns that are perfect for beginners!  These patterns use basic embroidery stitches, and teach you transfering techniques as they build your skills.

1. Redwork Alphabet Series

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Use basic embroidery stitches to create a Redwork Alphabet using this free pattern series. Each letter in the allphabet fits a 5-inch square. All 26 letters will be featured, as well as a neutral filler square.

2. Dolphins in the Sun

This free Dolphin Pattern featuring different variations that can be used for borders, or as a medallion. You can use the medallion pattern to stitch beach house accessories from fabric or ready-made items including pillow cases, lamp shades, table runners and place mats, or can be used as a repeat to create a long border strip on a sheet or tablecloth. The second pattern features a medallion motif that can be used to embellish a tote, beach blanket, a pillow front, or framed as art.

3. Prancing Reindeer

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This embroidery pattern featuring a prancing deer can be worked in nearly any technique! In this sample, I've worked the same deer in surface embroidery, crewel stitches, and basic pulled thread stitches.

4. Pumpkin Square Crewel Pattern

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Celebrate the coming of Fall by stitching a plump Autumn Pumpkin with a square border using traditional embroidery stitches, worked in wool threads on a rustic linen background.

5. Daisy Wreath

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Stitch this pretty Daisy Wreath using seven of the most common surface embroidery stitches: chain Stitch, French knots, fly stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, star stitch and single chain stitch.

6. Acorn Medallion

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This embroidery pattern features a Fall Acorn Medallion worked in stem stitch, chain stitch, chain stitch filling, herringbone stitch, single chain stitches and a simple laid filling.

7. Stem Stitch Butterfly

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The stem stitch is one of the first stitches learned in embroidery. But,did you know it can also be used as a filling? Learn to work the basic stem stitch and the stem stitch filling.

8. Redwork Chicken Weathervane

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Just two basic embroidery stitches are used in this beginner embroidery project.

9. Smiling Hello Pattern

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Learn to use stem stitch and iron-on transfer techniques with this simple project.

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