Embroidery Patterns to Jump-Start Your Creativity

Le 16 September 2015

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    By Marisa Cummings As a painter, I LOVE color. As a creative, I also LOVE working in many different mediums as I find they all influence and inspire one another. One of my favorite ways to work with color (besides painting) is embroidery. For me, embroidery is just like painting with thread: pick up some fabric, add a hoop with a needle and thread and start “coloring”! There are so many wonderful books and online tutorials now to teach all the different embroidery stitches, but you can also begin by improvising with your own. If improvising feels too daunting, there are a handful of wonderful illustrators making their designs available as embroidery patterns and kits. There are so many options to choose from: download- able PDF patterns, patterns and stitching samplers already printed on fabric, or complete kits that also include the hoop, needle and thread. There are even kits to create finished three dimensional embroidered softies, too! A preprinted pattern and kit is a great place to start, because you can follow along with the pattern and color suggestions or make it your own with a completely different selection of colors, adding in special design elements. And the creative possibilities don’t stop there- you can appliqué by adding beautiful fabrics and other embroidered creations to your finished design. You can add fab- ric or acrylic paint to your embroidered piece. You can even add it to a quilt or a pillow or a piece of clothing. Embroidery, like other needle arts, is also a perfect creative expression to take with you while trav- eling, when visiting with family and friends. It’s soothing, calming and engaging to work in this medium and share it with others. If you’ve never embroidered before, grab a selection of your favorite thread colors, and begin with a simple backstitch. Then, as you get more comfortable, you can explore all of the different stitches! To get you started and inspired, whether you’re a newbie embroiderer or an advanced one, I’ve compiled a collection of fun patterns and kits from different artists and designers. Happy creating! [caption id="attachment_1129" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Kiriki Press - Bear Embroidery Kiriki Press - Bear Embroidery[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1142" align="aligncenter" width="350"]Sublime Stiching - dia de los muertos Sublime Stiching - dia de los muertos[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1130" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Studio MME - Dandelion Bontanical Studio MME - Dandelion Bontanical[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1140" align="aligncenter" width="3000"]Lauren Crawford Everyday I'm Hustlin' Lauren Crawford Everyday I'm Hustlin'[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1131" align="aligncenter" width="660"]What Delilah Did - Geo Printed Cushion What Delilah Did - Geo Printed Cushion[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1141" align="aligncenter" width="3006"]Kitsch & Stitch Retro Phone Kitsch & Stitch Retro Phone[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1133" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Creative Thursday - Hold on To Your Dreams Creative Thursday - Hold on To Your Dreams[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1135" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Penguin and Fish - Owl Penguin and Fish - Owl[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1136" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Rebecca Ringquist DropCloth - Colorburst Single Starburst Rebecca Ringquist DropCloth - Colorburst Single Starburst[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1137" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Fancy Tiger Crafts - Francine the Unicorn Fancy Tiger Crafts - Francine the Unicorn[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1138" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Mollie Johanson - Happy Cactus Mollie Johanson - Happy Cactus[/caption] [associated-products]

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