Samplers are hand embroidery or cross stitch patterns featuring a variety of embroidery stitches or motifs, borders or letters of the alphabet. The pattern may be marked on the fabric for surface embroidery or counted as in cross stitch. This list gives you links to some of the free sampler patterns on this site, as well as from a few other sites.
Updated by Mollie Johanson
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Reversible Blackboard Sampler
Embroider this simple sampler using just two basic stitches — cross stitch and back stitch. The finished design resembles a blackboard and features the alphabet surrounded by a simple border, reminiscent of blackwork.
You will only need one color of embroidery floss. Choose black thread to work the design on white 14-count Aida fabric, or black thread to work the pattern on black Aida fabric. The finished size of the stitched area measures approximately 5 x 3.5 inches when worked on 14-count... fabric.
Finish as shown, or use the handy alphabet to create personalized designs or fabric labels.
02 of 10
This happy turtle has a decorative shell that is perfect for creating your own sampler. Instead of giving you a list of stitches that you should use, each section of the shell is an opportunity for you to choose the stitches you want to practice.
03 of 10
Adventures in Making shares how to make this simple heart of decorative stitches that is perfect for beginners. Traditional samplers often have rows of embroidery stitches, but this uses that same idea to make a shape. It's a great example of how even basic lines of repeating stitches can make a strong impact.
You could even use this idea to make samplers for holidays or other special occasions.
04 of 10
Stitch this easy schoolhouse sampler using simple, basic hand embroidery stitches, including back stitch, French knots and lazy daisy surface embroidery stitches.
After the stitching has been completed, enhance the schoolhouse sampler project with PrimsaColor artists' pencils. These wax-based pencils are perfect for adding a touch of color to embroidery projects that will not be laundered. This step is optional, but really makes the finished project stand out. You might also try other color... tinting methods.
The project is sized to fit a standard 8.5 x 11 inch document frame, and is perfect to display during the back to school season. The framed project also makes an excellent welcome gift for a teacher.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
This vintage-style pattern for a hand embroidered alphabet with optional flowers is worked using easy surface embroidery stitches and no-count cross stitch. Use all the letters together as a sampler, or use them individually create monograms or personalized projects.
The cross stitch portion of the design is no-count because the design is marked by transferring the stitching lines to a plainweave fabric, with the marked lines covered by the embroidery. This is different from traditional types of... cross stitch because there are no threads in the fabric or squares in the Aida cloth to be counted while working the stitching.
06 of 10
Nicole from Follow the White Bunny shares this adorable sampler featuring flowers, honeycombs and a sweet little bee. The pattern uses nine different stitches and will fit nicely in a small hoop.
In Nicole's Etsy shop, you'll also find other sampler patterns, including one with a hot air balloon and another with the princess and the pea atop a stack of mattresses.
07 of 10
Redwork Alphabet Pattern Series
Work the entire alphabet in Redwork using this FREE Pattern Series!
Each design measure 5x5 inches when worked full-size, and the collection uses basic surface embroidery stitches, including stem stitch, back stitch, running stitch, French knots and detached chain stitch.
Part 1 features the letters A through G.
Part 2 features the letters H through N.
Part 3 features the letters O through U.
Part 4 features the letters V through Z along with two filler blocks and a suggested layout.
View the patterns... and instructions at the links above, and then download a high resolution pdf version of the pattern here.
08 of 10
Coins in the Fountain Needlepoint Sampler
This pattern teaches you to use a wide variety of needlepoint stitches create a stunning showpiece. The same tutorial can be used to create the design on evenweave fabric as a counted thread project.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
Stacey from Bakercourt created a sampler that's as beautiful as it's name suggests. While the pattern doesn't tell you what stitches to use where, she has large, clear photos so you can look at her example for inspiration. Or use your own choice of stitches!
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Classic Alphabet in Needlepoint
Work the entire alphabet or a single letter using this pattern and its matching frame using basic tent stitches like the continental stitch on needlepoint canvas. The frame fits a single letter perfectly or if you want to customize the size of the frame, simply add more leaf units.