Patterns for Embroidery By Ellen Anne Eddy

Permissions: These patterns are offered for your non-commercial useage. You may use them in class, for your personal work or for any charity you would like. Please don’t use them for sale or contest.

© 2013 Patterns for Embroidery by Ellen Anne Eddy Thread Magic Studio Press 125 Franklin Street, Porter, IN 46304 219-921-0885 As always, following the kiss principle: Keep it simple, sweetie. For Mary, with love.

Introduction: The Pattern Principle
Confessions of a hard, hard teacher. I used to make my students draw. Having said that, I don’t have three heads, really! Or keep small children chained under the stairs. There’s a magical thing that happens when people draw. Mostly, they learn that they can. We live with instant expectations and hard requirements for ourselves. Everything is worth doing badly. Drawing is no exception. If you want to do it well, you need to gently sit down to a space in time where you’re going to fardle around doing it not so well. If you can give yourself that time, you can do it. Someday, as you are drawing something you think is pretty bad, you’ll find it’s actually quite good. Please give yourself that present of time, courtesy and space, some day. But today may not be that day. Classroom with all its excitement and angst tends not to be that day. I started bringing in a few patterns for students to jump start them. I’d show them how to draw, but the patterns were there. It wasn’t long before I realized that they weren’t there in a one day class to learn to draw. They wanted to jump straight in to their embroidery. And who wouldn’t? They grabbed those patterns! With that in mind, I’ve dropped the drawing tutorial from everything but my most advanced classes. And I offer patterns to students so that they can tet on with the magic of stitching. How can you use these patterns? They work as well for bobbin work as for full thread painting and fully shaded thread sketching. If your wanted to print them on applique paper, you could use them for that as well. Since they are taken from quilts of mine, I ask you not to use them commerically. You are completely welcome to use them for your home, for classroom, for your personal work. Please don’t use them on a piece you intend to sell or put into a moneyed contest.



Moon Moth




Leaves and Flowers


Clouds and Water

Stabilizing Factors

Just by way of definition, a stabilizer holds the fabric in place while were stitching and then is removed. This is different from an interfacing which stays in for the life of the piece. A stabilizer has two functions. One is to help hold the fabric stable while you’re stitching the other is to be a surface for the pattern. The other is to give you a surface for your transfer or pattern. Most stabilizers can accomplish both tasks. Different choices will give you different results. But this chart will give you a way to figure out what you need from a stabilizer. These are some of the questions you need to ask: How much stabilization do I need? How much is my fabric going to pucker? How stable is my fabric already? How much stitching do I intend to do? Do I need surface I can draw or transfer a pattern on to? Do I care if my work is stiff when I’m done? Is it ok to wet my work when it’s done? Is it ok to iron my work with a hot iron? Here is a chart that will give you some information about what different stabilizers can do for you. These are the stabilizers I tend to use most often. Talk to your sewing machine experts. Ask them what they like and why. Then figure out what stabilizer comes closest to giving you all you need Almost all non-fusible stabilizers except the corn starch films can be fused using the glue sprays. I prefer 505 Adhesive Spray.

Stabizer Chart
Fusible Type Removal method stability Art abilities Finished Feel

Fuse a Shade


Non-woven Stays in forever polyester

Good stabilization Needs hoop for heavy zig-zag Needs a hoop Mild stabilizer

Traceable  Drawable

Very Stiff

Somewhat stiff

Totally stable


Non-woven Tears away polyester cleanly  Coated Tears away somewhat 

Traceable  Drawable  Drawable  Traceable  Drawable  Traceable 

Freezer paper


May be used with or without hoop Strong stabilizer May be used with or without hoop Moderate stabilizer Needs a hoop not enough stabilization  Can be used with and without a hoop Stiff stabilizer Can be used with and without a hoop Stiff stabilizer

Very stiff

Tear easy


Nonwoven polyester Corn starch film

Tears away cleanly  Falls apart in process  Must be soaked in water  Dissolves Partially 


Clear corn starch stabilizers Wash away Applique Sheets Dissolve


Drawable  soft Traceable  Drawable  Stiffer


Nonwoven polyester Nonwoven polyester

 Printable 
Traceable Drawable  Traceable  Stiffer


Dissolves Partially  Tears away cleanly

I’ve rated these stabilizers according to my own experiences with them.
This works easily and well This works but has its limits This has serious limits/problems

Patterns for Embroidery By Ellen Anne Eddy A Collection of Patterms for Classroom and Student Work Frogs, Butterflies, Bugs, Leaves and Moons

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