Free hand embroidery patterns for beginners

Personalise items with this free hand embroidery pattern for beginners! This cute woodgrain embroidery will look fab embroidered onto a cushion.

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery

If you’re new to embroidery and are looking for a project to get you started this is the one for you. Jeni Grissom from Clover Lane Boutique has created this free hand embroidery pattern for beginners which makes the perfect wedding gift for any brides-to-be. The woodgrain effect gives an instant homely feel and Jeni shows you how her free hand embroidery pattern can add a little spark to soft furnishings. It’s a classic romantic gesture – etching your initials or a message of love into wood. Her graffiti-free declaration can be adapted. Stitch the words “I do” for new brides, personalise it by adding names inside the heart or simply write “love” for a Valentine’s Day gift.

For even more thoughtful gifts for your loved ones check out our free Valentine’s Day printables and our best Valentines Day craft ideas. Oh and we have DIY wedding favour ideas and six easy DIY wedding crafts for all you grooms and brides out there.

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You will need:

  • 33 x 33cm (13 x 13″) piece of fabric
  • Washable fabric pen
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Embroidery hoop

If you’re new to embroidery then we recommend checking out our embroidery for beginners guide which covers all the basic stitches you’ll need. We also have an embroidery kits for beginners round-up which includes everything you need to start stitching.

Free hand embroidery pattern for beginners

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You Will Need

  • Embroidery Thread
  • Fabric
  • Needle

Total time:

Step 1

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery step 1

Draw the outline of the tree, the heart and tree knots and then the woodgrain. With woodgrain, inconsistency is the key – it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Step 2

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery step 2

With a few strands of floss, backstitch about 5mm (¼”) from your beginning point. Leave about 5mm (¼”) from the last stitch and come back up through the fabric. Carry on backstitching, making sure your stitches are snug against each other.

Step 3

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery step 3

When you’re getting close to the end of your thread (about 4cm/1.5″), tie it off on the underside of the fabric securely. Rethread and keep stitching.

Step 4

Personalise items with woodgrain embroidery step 4

When the stitching is complete, rinse the washable pen from the fabric, iron out the wrinkles and you’re done! You’ve just completed your first free hand embroidery pattern for beginners.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our free hand embroidery pattern for beginners! Now you’ve got the embroidery bug, make sure you head to our peach embroidery or cat embroidery tutorial and keep on stitching.