Free black cat embroidery

This Halloween, be sure to wear your black cat embroidery with pride when you stitch our trio of magical miniatures.

black cat embroidery
Stitching for the spooky season is a wonderful way to spend those cold, rainy evenings. This trip of beautiful Halloween-themed pendants are a fabulous stylishly way to celebrate Halloween. 
Made up of the three designs the classic black cat embroidery is the embodiment of Halloween (not to mention we adore cats here at Gathered). The other two designs are a plump pumpkin and a witch’s broom. 
Emily will show you how to create these three spooky designs with a step-by-step guide which can be found below. You can also find out where to purchase the mini hoops and any other materials you will need. 
The black cat embroidery was designed by Emily Anne Ach and first appeared in Love Embroidery issue 18. Looking for similar projects? Sign up for our newsletter to get weekly inspiration and free patterns!

What stitches will I need for the black cat embroidery?

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Materials needed to create the black cat embroidery:

  • Stranded cotton: 1 skein each of black, brown, dark brown, light brown, green, bright orange, dark orange, light orange, pink and white
  • Embroidery hoop: 10cm diameter
  • Mini circular hoop necklace kits: 4cm diameter x2
  • Mini vertical oval hoop: 2.7×4.5cm
  • Basic embroidery kit
  • Strong craft glue

Free black cat embroidery template:

You’ll also need the free black cat embroidery template.


You Will Need

  • Stranded cotton
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Mini embroidery hoop
  • Basic embroidery kit
  • Strong craft glue

Total time:

Step 1

Transfer the pumpkin design from the template onto the centre of the fabric using your preferred method. We used a lightbox and Micron pen, size 1. Mount the design into your 10cm embroidery hoop, ensuring the fabric is taut like a drum and central for ease of stitching. Begin stitching using one strand of light brown in Straight Stitch to work the raised portions of the pumpkin stem marked on the template.
Then, fill in the rest of the stem with one strand of green in Long and Short Stitch.

black cat embroidery step 1

Step 2

With two strands of dark orange, use Satin Stitch to fill the second-to-last and back-right segments of the pumpkin to create a shadow. Angle your stitches on each section to help accentuate the rounded shape of the pumpkin. Refer to the step photo above for guidance on angling your stitches in this way. When working Satin Stitch, make sure you pull your thread all the way through the fabric before beginning the next stitch. This ensures a more even tension and smoother result.

An embroidered pumpkin with satin stitch

Step 3

Fill the first two segments on the left side of the pumpkin with horizontal Satin Stitch using two strands of light orange. This lighter colour is designed to mimic the direct sunshine on that side of the pumpkin. Fill the remaining segments of the pumpkin with two strands of bright orange in the same manner.

a completed embroidered pumpkin

Step 4

Outline the indents between the pumpkin segments using short Backstitches in two strands of dark orange. When your stitching is complete, mount your embroidery into a 4cm mini hoop. To make your necklaces, cut around each design with a 1.5cm border. Wrap your design around the smaller wooden disc and glue the excess fabric to the back. Use clips to hold the fabric in place as it dries. Once completely dry, insert the design into the hoop and tighten the clasp with the jump ring on the necklace’s chain looped onto the screw of the hoop. Finally, glue the larger wooden disc to the back of the hoop to finish. Allow to dry completely before wearing.

Top tip: Painting your hoops before you frame your stitching is a great way to add a pop of colour.

a completed embroidered pumpkin in a necklace

Step 5

Transfer the witch’s broom design from the template onto the centre of the fabric using your preferred method. Mount the design into your 10cm embroidery hoop, then work the crooked broom handle in vertical Long and Short Stitch using one strand of dark brown.

a witches broom transfer on fabric

Step 6

Use one strand of brown in vertical Satin Stitches to make the first layer of broom bristles. To make the bristles look extra realistic, slightly overlap the strands towards the top of the brush and then fan out the stitches at the base.

a witches broom partially embroidered

Step 7

Create extra dimension by layering a few Straight Stitches in one strand of light brown on top of the broom bristles – this will help fill in any gaps, too.

a wtiches room embroidered onto fabric

Step 8

Work a series of horizontal Straight Stitches in one strand of dark brown to fill in the gap between the broom bristles and the handle. Once your stitching is complete, mount your embroidery into the mini oval hoop necklace, following the instructions in step 4 to finish your necklace.

an embroidered broom in a necklace

Step 9

Transfer the cat design from the template onto the centre of the fabric using your preferred method. Mount the design into your 10cm embroidery hoop. Use two strands of black in Long and Short Stitch to fill the body of the cat. Start at the tail end of the cat and work towards the head, angling your stitches to echo the shape of each section and really emphasise the spiky texture on the cat’s tail and back.

black cat embroidery step 9

Step 10

Fill the cat’s inner ears with vertical Satin Stitch in two strands of pink.

black cat embroidery step 10

Step 11

Next, use French Knots to create the cat’s eyes with two strands of green and two twists. If you find you have trouble working French Knots, try using a milliner’s needle instead of an embroidery needle. It has an eye that is the same thickness as the rest of the needle, making it easy to pass the needle through the tight twists of the French Knot.

Top tip: Try working the cat’s eyes using glow-in-the-dark thread for an extra spooky finish.

black cat embroidery step 11

Step 12

Finish the cat design by adding whiskers in one strand of white, making six Straight Stitches out from the centre of the cat’s face. They will sit on top of the black Long and Short Stitches you made in step 9. When your stitching is finished, follow the instructions in step 4 to mount your embroidery into a 4cm mini hoop necklace.

black cat embroidery step 12

More Halloween makes on Gathered

Halloween is the ideal inspiration for embroidery! Are you looking for a similar spooky project? Don’t miss our free Halloween embroidery pattern, an equally satisfying quick make!