In 2011, the Swedish Embroidery Guild designated July 30th as World Embroidery Day. The idea was born around the notion that embroidery creates connections among nations while promoting peace and equality. They even wrote a beautiful World Embroidery Day manifesto which is nothing short of inspiring.
The entire manifesto is worth a read, but my favorite line is the following: “let us use embroidery as an inspiration for people to engage in creativity that leads to a better understanding between countries and between people.” Yes!!!! You can read the full manifesto HERE.
A FREE Pattern For You!
In honor of this special day, I designed a free pattern just for you! The Doodle Flower pattern is a fun & festive way to promote peace & unity through creativity and embroidery. The pattern features five unique flowers worked with only a handful of basic stitches to ensure it is accessible for everyone from beginners to experts.
Make it a Hoop or a Pillow
This pattern fits perfectly inside a 10-inch hoop. You can either frame it in the hoop (learn how HERE) or turn it into a cute, flower-filled 12-inch throw pillow!
The free downloadable PDF pattern is available for download by clicking HERE, or on the title above. The PDF includes:
- Full-color photo of the finished embroidery piece
- One pattern sized to fit a 10″ hoop
- Reverse image of the pattern for iron-on transfer
- Printable stitch and color guide to provide guidance or inspiration
- Material list
- Instructions for transferring the pattern using three simple methods
As usual, if you need to brush up on your stitches you can find a full line of tutorials in my library of step-by-step embroidery tutorials.