Want to try your hand at blackwork? Well, this is the place to start! Using just one colour, you can create this beautiful and intricate dragonfly in no time at all. (Design by Rhona Norrie, originally appeared in issue 251 of The World of Cross Stitching).


We thought this little one would be great company for a pretty plant. Just back your project with iron-on interfacing, trim to shape, then fix to a stick (like a lollystick or wooden rod) to make a plant poke.

For more spring-themed designs, check out The World of Cross Stitching issue 291 (March 2020), which goes on sale 24 January 2020. Click here to buy the issue. And click to find more free animal cross stitch patterns – we have free cross stitch charts for all occasions!

Download the PDF chart below and do share your finished makes on our Facebook page or Instagram.

About this cross stitch pattern

  • Stitch count: 30 high x 31 wide
  • Design area: 5.5x5.5cm (2¼x2¼in)
  • This design was stitched using DMC stranded cotton

Download the free blackwork dragonfly cross stitch pattern here: Free Blackwork Dragonfly Cross Stitch Pattern (PDF)

Or work straight from the chart and key below:

291 free chart
291 free chart key

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Rhona NorrieCross stitch designer

Rhona Norrie is a prolific and popular cross stitch designer from Scotland who now calls New York home. Her work is regularly featured in magazines including The World of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Crazy, and Just Cross Stitch. Rhona is a total cross stitch addict! If she doesn’t have a needle in her hand, then it will be a camera that she’s carrying to capture the wonders of nature and she shares her nature pictures (and cross stitching!) on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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