Last Updated on March 18, 2019 by wendigratz
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Want to play with a free embroidery pattern? Here’s one that’s great for beginners.
I colored the image in with colored pencils before stitching, but you could certainly fill with the fancy stitch of your choice.
If I were doing this again I would probably do all the outlining in DMC #3371 – I love that whimsical cartoony look. But I already showed you all an example of that here and I wanted to let you see the different look you get by outlining with matching thread.
Remember – one of the great things about embroidery is that you get the image – but you can make it look however you like with your choice of color and stitches.
Here’s how to do it. . .
If you want to make yours look like the image on the cover, here are the thread colors and stitches I used.
- Car – backstitch with 4 strands of DMC #311
- Tires and tailpipe – backstitch with 4 strands of DMC #310
- Exhaust cloud – backstitch with 4 strands of DMC #317
- Bird eye – French knot with 2 strands of DMC #3371
- Bird – backstitch with 4 strands of DMC #166
- Hat – backstitch with 4 strands of DMC #801
- Bird beak – backstitch with 4 strands of DMC #900
Remember – if you enlarge or reduce the pattern, you may meed to use more or fewer strands of thread.
Here’s another fun version made by my daughter when she was (I think) 8 years old.
I love that crazy rainbow car!