Blue Bird, a free pattern in celebration of World Embroidery Day

A while back, I came across a stack of embroidery files in a charity shop, one of which contained some old transfers. There were a lot of floral designs, but in among them was this cheeky bird, cut into three pieces.

I imagine someone had a plan for the transfer, but didn't get around to it as it hadn't been used.

Something about the design lodged in my mind and when I began thinking about putting together a free design to celebrate a day dedicated to embroidery, this little bird popped back into the forefront.

I've rearranged elements from the transfer to create a design that fits into a 6-inch embroidery hoop. It lent itself to hoop framing, in my mind.

So set aside some time to embroider this month, especially on 30 July (it's a Saturday). And if you decide to stitch Blue Bird and share it on social media, use the hashtags #WorldEmbroideryDay and then #KFNeedlework so I can find your version. Or tag me @kfneedlework on Instagram.

The free pattern is available to download from my Craftsy shop.