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FREE Floral Embroidery Patterns


Flowers and florals are popular embroidery motifs and are available in a range of styles from classic to contemporary. These embroidery designs feature flowers and floral patterns.

1. Shamrocks Pattern

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Create your own good luck charm by working the Shamrock embroidery pattern using a single color of variegated or overdyed embroidery thread stitched in basic embroidery stitches. The pattern can be enlarged or reduce to fit any size of square frame. Accent the finished embroidery design using glass seed beads.

2. Lavender Sprig Napkins

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Lavender (Lavandula) is a native of the Mediterranean region and is one of my favorite garden plants. I can’t help but be inspired by the beautiful varying shades of purples the different species produce, as well as the intense fragrance.

Its name comes from the Latin root lavare, which means to wash, and because of it’s soap-like scent and relaxing properties, lavender was used frequently in laundry and baths to help purify, rejuvenate, and control unpleasant odors.

To capture the colors of this useful and pretty flower, I’ve stitched a set of Lavender Hour napkins featuring a simple sprig of flowers using embroidery thread in variegated colors of green and lavender, using just two colors of six-strand embroidery floss.

3. Daisy Wreath

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Surface embroidery has always been popular, but reached cult status during the 30's, 40's and 50's as women stitched tea towels, aprons and tablecloths for the home in rapid succession using easy stitches and time-saving techniques.

This modern version of a surface embroidery pattern is a terrific skill builder, as this pattern is worked using seven of the most common surface embroidery stitches on an evenweave cotton ground: chain stitch, French knots, fly stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, star stitch and the single chain stitch.

The circular design features a repeating pattern of flowers, leaves and tendrils and is accented with dots and stars.

4. "Home" Pillow

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Stitch this pretty sentiment for your Home in embroidery floss on evenweave fabric.

The project can be finished as a pillow (as shown here) and placed in your favorite chair, or framed and displayed. This project would also make a lovely housewarming or wedding gift.

Transfer the pattern to the fabric using a light box and water soluble fabric pens, and then embroider the project uses basic satin stitch, back stitch, French knots, single chain stitch and lazy daisy stitches. The project can be finished as a pillow, or framed.

5. "Grow" Pattern

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Learn five basic embroidery stitches while you work this easy beginner project.

6. F is for Flower

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The Letter F from the Redwork Alphabet series features a pretty floral motif. Stitch the single motif, or embroider the entire series.

The pattern is worked using 2 strands of 6-strand floss in back stitch, stem stitch, French knots and detached chain stitches.

7. Poppy Hand Embroidery Pattern

Stitch a Victorian design in your favorite embroidery thread on heavy-weight embroidery fabric. Full instructions are provided.

The original Victorian design features flowers with yellowish-green centers, and stamens and dark brown anthers and were worked upon a copper colored velvet fabric, and having olive green velvet corners sewn diagonally across two opposite corners, and was "finished with appropriate silk ball fringe and silk pom-poms for the corners, present a harmonious effect that is very pleasing to the eye."

If the original colors are not yoour thing, they are easy to change, making this an easy project to customize.

8. Candlewick Embroidery Flower

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Candlewick embroidery is a type of whitework or white-on-white embroidery. Large knots are embroidered in heavy thread on heavier-weight cotton or linen embroidery fabric using the Colonial Knots.

Popular for use as bed and window coverings in Colonial America, this type of embroidery is easy to learn and quick to stitch. It is commonly used in quiltmaking.

Originally, actual unwaxed candle wick thread was used to work this type of design, as it was a plentiful and inexpensive type of thread at the time. While today it is often worked in multiple colors, candlewicking was originally worked in natural colored threads on unbleached heavy linen or cotton.

9. Yellow Blossoms Embroidered Sheets


Stitch a summery set of sheets using just 2 basic embroidery stitches – detached chain and stem stitch.

Four colors of six-strand embroidery floss are used in the project including two shades of green and two shades of golden yellow. The simple color scheme makes it easy to substitute your own favorite colors to instantly match your bedroom’s décor.

add the optional flat lace or ribbon trims to the pillowcases and top sheet to finish.

10. State Flowers Embroidered Quilt Blocks

Turkey Feathers

Based on a vintage design, his stitch-along project from Turkey Feathers features floral blocks for all 50 states.

The State Flower Project started in 2009 when site owner Vicki Haninger decided to redo an old quilt pattern that she had in her collection.

Vicki redrew all the flowers and updated it with new lettering and the two-letter postal abbreviations for each state, reprinted it all--and began stitching.

Vicki has shared the patterns for all 50 states on her site. Check out the main project page for complete instructions.

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