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Hand Embroidery Patterns – Handcrafted Details on Needlework

Knowledge and skill in basic stitching techniques are imperative in making flawless hand embroidery designs and crafts. Influences of hand embroidery patterns come from ancient civilizations including Northern Europe Iron Age, China’s Zhou Dynasty period and ancient Egypt.

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Hand Embroidery Patterns - Traditional Styles

Medieval Egyptian patterns of stitching use black silk threads as the dominant color of the embroidery, which are geometric in nature. Blackwork hand embroidery patterns inspired by this culture begin with a double running stitch. Since they are composed of linear stitches, the best way to start is to stitch a straight line and branch off and back until the branching lines form complicated patterns that may look like a maze. Contrary to the monochromatic theme of this Egyptian embroidery, Chinese hand embroidery patterns make use of bright colors and take after realistic images. Experts employ a combination of back stitching, chain stitching, couching, French knot or the Beijing stitch and Lazy Daisy to create the handicraft.

Hand Embroidery Stitches - Techniques

Back stitching is one of the simplest techniques in embroidery, used in linear as well as cursive designs. Hand embroidery stitches in this technique are approximately 1/8” long, forward and backward. Chain stitches, meanwhile, start at the back side, from which the needle is reinserted next to the initial entry point in the fabric. After the needle is sewn under and forward to the fabric’s top side, the thread is looped around the needlepoint before the needle is put through the fabric. Couching is one of the more complicated hand embroidery stitches, involving a thin and thick thread. With the thicker thread lying flat on a fabric, the thinner thread is stitched over to fasten it.

Free Hand Embroidery Designs - Ideas

Instead of following classic stitching concepts and methods, some needleworkers choose to create their own patterns or spin off ideas from old designs. Free hand embroidery designs may have a particular theme, such as nature and various forms of script. Complicated patterns of leaves and flowers are the most popular forms of free hand embroidery and can be seen on household linens and tablecloths. Leaves, vines and flower petals may be incorporated in abstract border patterns for embroidery. Some designers use these concepts on dresses as well. Other designs are in accordance to a certain holiday, including easter eggs for Easter, turkey or pumpkin images for Thanksgiving and a Celtic cross for St. Patrick’s Day.

Written by Troy Nelson

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