Digital Pattern Info2 pages, 128 KB
This free pattern is based on the same style of Hungarian Matyó embroidery as the Faraway Garden
and Cabbage Rose Fancy
embroidery pattern sets, both of which are available as downloadable PDFs or hot-iron transfer patterns. While much smaller and less extensive, this little design is a great way to try out my patterns, and try your hand a folklore embroidery project.
I originally designed it to have something quick and simple to stitch on a summer top. Shown here, the Little Berry Burst pattern is stitched on a Sewaholic Renfrew t-shirt, in a fairly traditional way, using satin stitch for leaves, petals, berries, and stem stitch for stems and vines. But feel free to stitch it any way you like: it would also look great outlined with split stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, back stitch... Anything you can think of!
There is also a tutorial about how to embroider on a t-shirt
The pattern prints to two pages of US letter or A4 size paper, with nested test squares (1" by 1" and 2 cm by 2cm) to ensure the printout is the right size. Page two of the pattern contains simple stitching diagrams for Matyó embroidery.
Background fabric: we recommend cotton broadcloth or light to medium-lightweight linen for more traditional applications.
If using knit fabric as your background, please take a look at the suggestions in this post to stabilize the fabric.
Thread: use #8 perle cotton for a more traditional look, or in a pinch, 3-4 strands of your favorite brand of floss.