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How to Start Learning Primitive Stitchery

When I became pregnant with child number one, I developed more of my creativity and found a love of Primitive Stitchery and embroidery. But first, I started with cross-stitch patterns, just to dip my toes into this creative outlet and get a better understanding of this skill. I learned how to cross-stitch with my stitching hoop, needle, and thread. I bought one of those simple cheap kits at the dollar store, cross-stitching a Dinosaur, similar to this stitched cat pattern. I kept it for a long time hanging up to remember my beginnings. Soon after I completed it, I had fallen in love with this creative skill — the hoop, needle, and thread.

I then I moved on to other cross-stitch patterns, finding all I could cross-stitch. I came across this Bear pattern for my son when he was born and added it to a pillow I made for him. I love this sweet stitched bear!

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Learn the Art of Primitive Stitchery

By the time I had started to master cross-stitching, I was turned on to a whole new world of stitching: Primitive Stitchery. Primitive Stitchery is embroidery that is more simple, straight lines, using muslin or another thin fabric, not having to use a pattern if you don’t want to. It’s much more free. And I loved it. You didn’t have to cross any stitches and you could follow a pattern or come up with your own if you could draw lines. I was visiting every quilt shop around town and eyeing all the great stitchery patterns. There are so many great patterns out there.

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I found this pattern is in memory of my Grandma Passey who used to sing us this great song, Little Purple Pansies. The pattern is from Huckleberry Stitches. My sister and I made one for all of my 8 siblings!

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A few of my favorite Primitive Stitchery Pattern sites:

I have even come up with a line of chicken patterns myself. When I get them scanned, I hope to post them on the blog as free patterns.

What great stitchery websites do you visit?

13 comments

    1. That link to the purple pansies seems to be broken. Let me find out how to find it again and I’ll try to post a new link. Also, that pansies pattern wasn’t free, but should be available somewhere to purchase. I’ll try to find it!

  1. I love the primitive and folk art stitching…I have never stitiched anything before…but I would love how to do this. How can I learn how to do this stitching??? Any idea’s would be appreciated. Thanks! Karen

  2. I LOVE primitive stitching, especially the lettering…but I’m not a cross stitcher, a needle pointer – or any kind of stitcher! How can I learn this art??? Thanks!

  3. I’m soooo jeolous! You know I love pansies, too; I’ll have to get this pattern in case I ever get a little girl someday…wishful thinking, right?

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