Patterns and Finishing
From Cheryl Fall, former About.com Guide
Free Embroidery Patterns by Type
Select a free embroidery pattern from one of these lists and start stitching. This section will be constantly changing and evolving, so check back often for the latest offerings for surface and hand embroidery, freestyle embroidery, crewel, redwork, pulled or drawn thread, whitework and more. These lists include thumbnail photos to help you select the perfect project (for alphabetical lists or by season, see the two sections below this list).
- Ethnic Embroidery
- Antique, Vintage and Historical Sources
- Redwork Patterns
- Whitework Embroidery
- Blackwork Patterns & Resources
Free Patterns - Alphabetical Lists
If you know the name of the pattern you are looking for, browse this section featuring the items listed alphabetically. Note that there are no corresonding photos in this section. The lists give above, however, do have thumbnails for your convenience.
Find free patterns arranged by season - Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn.
- Valentine's Day Patterns
- Spring and Floral Patterns
- Summer Embroidery Patterns
- Autumn Embroidery Patterns
- Back to School Patterns
- Winter and Holiday Patterns
- Embroidered Nativity Series (Ongoing)
- Hanukkah and Judaic Patterns
Helpful Embroidery Links
Useful links for embroidery including conversion charts, user questions, and information on the different types of embroidery.
Finishing is just as important as stitching. Here you'll fun interesting ways too finish and display your creations.
Many embroidery thread, fabric and notions manufacturers feature free patterns on their web sites. Here are some worth checking out.