Bzzzzz Stitch up a bee embroidery pattern

Stitch a summery scene for your gallery wall with Liz Stiglet's bee hoop, complete with honeycomb hexies and wildflower blooms.

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Say hello to spring with this beautiful free bee hand embroidery pattern! With it’s fabric honeycomb background, delicate embroidered wildflowers and of course the star of the show, a lovely bee – it’s a project that will help advance your embroidery skills as well as producing a lovely hoop inspired by the beauty of nature.
If you need any help with the stitches to make this Bee embroidery pattern, you can find them all in our guide to hand embroidery stitches for beginners.

Notes

Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer by Sulky is a water-soluble fabric stabiliser with a self-adhesive backing. You can print or draw onto it, then stick it to your fabric and stitch through it. It’s perfect for detailed patterns and also for transferring designs onto dark- coloured fabrics. It washes away completely when you’ve finished. Available from many haberdashery shops or online.

Free Bee Hand Embroidery Pattern

You will need to download and print the Free Bumble Bee Embroidery Hoop template

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You Will Need

  • Basic sewing kit
  • Fabric (Cotton fabric: 30x30cm (12x12in) white and 18x18cm (7x7in) yellow)
  • Embroidery hoop (18cm (7in) diameter)
  • Thread (DMC Stranded cotton - 310, blanc, 703, 947, 3805, 604)
  • Bondaweb (15x15cm (6x6in))
  • Fabric stabilizer (Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabilizer), See notes above for where to buy
  • Needle (Crewel embroidery needle: size 7)

Total time:

Step 1

Attaching the hexagons

Download and print the hexagon template, embroidery template and the stitching diagram, which you can find here –  Free Bumble Bee Embroidery Hoop

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Step 2

Place the Bondaweb paper-side up on top of the hexagon template and draw around it seven times.

Step 3

Place the traced Bondaweb, paper- side up, onto the centre of the wrong side (WS) of the yellow fabric and press into place.

Step 4

Cut out all of the hexagons carefully.

Step 5

Peel off the paper backing then position the hexagons, right sides (RS) up centrally on the white fabric, leaving a small space in between each one. Start at the centre and work outwards, referring to the photograph for placement.

Step 6

Press them carefully into place and mount the fabric into the embroidery hoop.

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Step 7

Using two strands of white stranded cotton, work a running stitch around each hexagon, just inside the edges.

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Transferring the design

Step 8

We have used Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy Stabiliser to transfer our design. If you prefer, you can trace the design in pencil or erasable pen directly on top of the hexagons.

Step 9

Place the appliquéd fabric in the hoop, making sure it’s horizontally centred on the left and right sides but slightly above the centre vertically by about 1.5cm (5/8in).

Step 10

If you’re using the printable fabric stabiliser then peel the paper backing off and stick it smoothly onto the fabric, lining the outer cut circle with the edge of your hoop.

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Working the embroidery

Step 11

You can now embroider the design. The stitching diagram tells you which colour to use where and how many strands. You can also refer to the photograph for guidance.

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Step 12

Cut a length of thread then separate the strands and recombine the number you need in your needle for stitching with.

 

Step 13

Pre-threading your needles with different colours of stranded cotton makes it easy to change colours as you work the design.

Step 14

Follow the stitch guides if there are any you are unsure of.

Finishing off

Step 15

Once the stitching is complete, take the fabric out of the hoop and soak it in water for about 30 minutes to dissolve the stabiliser.

Step 16

Gently rinse with cool water to remove any remaining bits of stabiliser.

Step 17

Lay the fabric face down on a fluffy towel and gently press with another towel to remove excess water. Lay flat to dry.

Step 18

Once dry, press and then mount the stitching in the embroidery hoop to frame it.

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Now that you’ve finished your lovely honey bee embroidery pattern, why not take a look at our other free embroidery patterns.

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