• Sunday , 24 September 2017

Free Embroidery Patterns

The following FREE embroidery patterns are available for hand embroidery. Click the link to view the pattern page and to access the downloadable PDF pattern.

French Proverbs Embroidery


In honor of my wonderful – yet much too brief – stay in France, I’ve created the French Proverbs Embroidered Kitchen Towels pattern.

It reminds me of the year I spent exploring my second home, the graciousness of the people, and all of the wonderful needleworkers I met during my time ther.

These proverbs translate roughly to: “Happiness is worth more than riches” and “Enough is as good as a feast.”

2014 Easter Egg SAL


Welcome to our first annual Easter Egg SAL for the month of March, 2015!

In this SAL, we’re going to make a puffed Easter egg using traditional hand embroidery stitches in bright, sunny colors of 6-strand embroidery floss.

I’m making two samples for this project – one that is already completed and was used to show how to finish the egg as a puffed ornament, and a second version that I’ll feature below using a different color combination that I will stitch along with you.

HOME Sentiment Pillow

free embroidery patterns

Stitch this pretty sentiment for your home and display it on the sofa or a favorite chair. Or, make the project as housewarming gift for a special friend or new neighbor.

The project can be finished as a pillow (shown) or framed as art.

The finished size of the design area is 7×14 inches. Transfer the pattern to the fabric and embroider the project using a variety of basic stitches.*

Embroidered Scarf

free embroidery patterns

Feeling a bit chilly during the dark, cold winter months? Warm up your winter wardrobe by stitching this stylish Embroidered Scarf   – an exclusive FREE Pattern from NeedleKnowledge®.

The scarf is assembled using three different cuts of cotton quilting fabric, and embroidered using basic embroidery stitches.The embroidery is featured on one side, while a contrasting lining livens up the other side.

 Yellow Blossoms Sheets

free embroidery patterns

Stitch a dainty design on a set of ready-made bed sheets with this free embroidery pattern. Add a bit of lace and ribbon, and you have your own designer sheets, created by you!  The colors can easily be adapted to your own decor, and the repeating design in easy to stitch using just stem and detached chain – or a partial lazy daisy.

Barnyard Bernie & Over-Easy Louise

Sunny Side Up

Stitch up a pair of plucky redwork chickens basking in the sun. These fun pecking fowl are the first in a series of poultry patterns that will be posting regularly here on the site.

This free embroidery pattern is titled Sunny Side Up and is a perfect project to embroider on an old-fashioned flour sack towel. If you’re not a fan of red, this single-color design can be worked in the color of your choice.

Spring Party Dress

free embroidery patterns

Every girl dreams of a special dress for a special day. I always wanted one with a wide pink sash and rosebuds on the over-skirt. I finally have one… even if it is just an embroidered version of my dream dress.

This pretty little number fits a 3×5 opening and is the first in a series of dresses that we’ll be posting to the site.

Collect the set of free embroidery patterns and make them all, or choose your favorite and stitch your own dreamy dress.

 Redwork BOM Quilt


Stitch a Redwork BOM Quilt this year! Redwork is the term used when working a pattern in basic embroidery stitches worked using red thread. It’s normally worked on white or natural-colored fabrics, and is usually finished as a quilt.

This pattern originally appeared in my book, Easy Heirloom Embroidery, which is now out of print. However, the pattern featuring different bouquet of flowers for each month is just as timely now as it was 10 years ago when the book made its debut, so I’ll share it with you here on the NeedleKnowledge site as a freebie!


  1. Linda P
    March 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I’m working on the Easter Egg..thanks for a great pattern and the tutorials!!

  2. Gayle S.
    April 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Hi. I love your website. Last year I downloaded your Redwork BOM patterns, the ones that are all floral arrangements? Well today I went to use them, and found that somehow I am missing the January BOM. I really love these blocks and want to do them. Is there any way that I could get the January BOM? Thanks so much!

    • Editor Needleknowledge
      April 6, 2014 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Hi Gayle – You betcha! I’ll email it to you. The pattern will also post again soon. I haven’t had a chance to re-post it since the new web site launched, but it’ll be back.

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  4. Ellen Norman
    April 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Oh, my! I love your egg. I just printed out the pattern. It’s so cute! It will have to be for next Easter. Can’t wait to get going! I even found the variegated floss to use. Thank you :)

  5. Sue
    February 27, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I am so surprised and pleased to find your website. My quilt guild is making a 100 block redwork quilt for our 2016 raffle and many of us are doing the embroidery. I have run out of blocks and absolutely love doing redwork. I plan to make your lovely quilt next. Thank you so much for sharing!

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