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Plant a Garden of Stitches
If you love digging in the dirt and planting seeds, flowers and vegetables, you'll love stitching these 10 hand embroidery patterns inspired by the garden. Within this round-up of designs you'll find a variety of styles so you can "plant" some embroidery however you like.
Just remember that unlike gardening, embroidery is a hobby where you'll want to keep your hands clean!Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Alice's Garden Embroidery Pattern
In Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland, Alice has a conversation with some flowers, and this free pattern by Little Dorrit & Co. captures what those flowers might look like. The sweet and simple faces are so charming that you're sure to enjoy your time stitching this whimsical garden!Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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A Year in the Garden Pattern Sets
Gardens go through cycles throughout the year, and these sets of embroidery patterns reflect that. Each of the Year in the Garden patterns contains six designs, so you can stitch one each month. Every pattern has flowers of some kind, but you'll also find a garden gate, a birdhouse, a boot, tools and more.
A Year in the Garden Part One and Part Two, $11 each, ElephantzContinue to 4 of 11 below.
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Summer Garden Embroidered Pincushion Project
Reminiscent of a formal divided garden, this pincushion project from Fiberluscious gives you the opportunity to try out some fun floral stitching! The instructions themselves are divided over several blog posts: getting started, lavender-type stitches, mum stitches, sunflowers and daisies and hydrangeas, geranium, roses and finishing.
This is one stunning embroidered garden!Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Quilts in the Garden Pattern
Bird Brain Designs offers a large embroidery pattern that's perfect for those who love gardening, quilts and embroidery, or a combination of those! Quilts in the Garden is beautiful in red work as shown, but would look amazing in full color too. They even show how you can use smaller elements from the larger pattern on their own, which gives you the ability to really adapt and customize this pattern!Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Vegetable Garden Embroidery Sampler
Ready to grow some veggies while you learn some stitches? This free Vegetable Garden Sampler pattern incorporates 11 different stitches, allowing you to "grow" cabbage, carrots, squash, tomatoes and cauliflower. Because of the repeating elements, you'll get good practice with bullion roses, feather stitch, french knots and woven wheel stitch.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Flutterby Garden Embroidery Pattern
Butterfly gardens contain an abundance of flowers that attract butterflies and this pattern from Carina of Polk and Bloom is sure to attract you! The circular Flutterby Garden design features bright florals and plenty of fluttering butterflies. Because it only uses a few basic stitches, it's suitable for stitchers of all experience levels.
Flutterby Garden Embroidery Pattern, $4, Polka and BloomContinue to 8 of 11 below.
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English Knot Garden Pattern
If you love formal gardens, but aren't quite ready to plant one for yourself, be sure to check out Sweater Doll's English Knot Garden pattern. It features several types of flowers and really does look like a traditional knot garden viewed from above.
English Knot Garden Embroidery Pattern, $5, Sweater DollContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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Embroidered Bouquet Pattern
Though not technically a garden, the bouquet in this free pattern from Down Grapevine Lane looks like it was freshly cut from an abundant flower garden. The Embroidered Bouquet pattern boasts several styles of flowers, which makes this a design that will keep you actively stitching. Plus, these are the kind of fresh flowers that will last for ages!Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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The Garden of Your Mind Embroidery Pattern
Based on a phrase, and then a song, from Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, this free pattern from Mollie of Wild Olive encourages you to "grow ideas in the garden of your mind." It's not an actual garden, but it's a fertile one, nevertheless! And the pattern itself has a garden of simply stitched florals.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Gardening Hand Embroidery Pattern
Anyone who has gardened knows that it takes work and the right tools. But it can also be a place of "sunshine and happy times," and the Gardening Hand Embroidery pattern from Happily After Designs combines all of those things. With a wheelbarrow of dirt, seeds and gloves, along with a sweet phrase, this pattern is perfect for beginners.
Gardening Hand Embroidery Pattern, $2, Happily After Designs