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Colorado has liar days. These are the days where you look out the window and see a blue sky with nary a cloud and a bright, burning sun, see snow that appears to have largely melted and note that the trees are not fighting vicious biting winds but are positively still, utterly peaceful, and your heart leaps at the possibility of a beautiful day to be outside.

Then you actually step two inches beyond your door, and your ears instantly freeze off.

It’s one of those days.

On other topics: my friends, I come bearing gifts! Gifts of the tentacular and embroiderable kind.

From the Depths

This one, I imagine on the back of a hoodie, lined up with the bottom seam and reaching with all its muscular, slimed glory towards said hood. Ah, to have an embroidery machine- I’m not nearly that good at embroidering on knit fabrics as woven (yet). With all those little detailed suckers it’s meant, deliberately, to be a bit of a time-eater and a challenge. Masochistic stitchers out there, this one is for you.

Along similar lines:

The Octopus

I picture this guy, also, as a back piece or the focal piece of an otherwise plain bag, or something similar. That is to say, I picture this guy large. I understand, however, that as much as everyone surely adores the noble octopus (everyone is as weird as me, right?), not everyone would adore a huge one, and those suckers make smaller work mindnumbingly difficult. Ergo, I have another version of this handsome beastie for you, sans suckers:

The Octopus, Simplified

There are some bumps where suckers were, but should you not want those they should be fairly easy for you to smooth out when you transfer the design. Besides being a) generally easier and b) more suited to different sizes, I imagine it would be interesting to create suckers on this octopus via, oh I don’t know, beads or sequins or your long lost childhood bedazzler.

Finally, something a bit simpler.

Cuttlefish Love

I have a rather odd tendency to juxtapose cephalopods with hearts (the shape, not the organs, though come to think of it that could be amusing too). I think it’s the quirky contrast between the shape, which is a rallying flag for all things sickly sweet, pink and fluffy and the very alien-ness of large invertebrates.

As with the giraffes, these patterns/images are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

In translation, you can (and are indeed encouraged to) do whatever you want with the piece(s) (use, reuse, abuse, remix, share), just give me a nod (a link back would be preferred) and don’t use it for profit. Should you really want to use them in a profit-making venture, talk to me and maybe we can work something out. Really, I just want to keep track of where she goes, and want anyone who wants the pattern to know where to find it.

For those who may be new: if you click on your desired picture once, then click on it again, the ubermassive full-res image should come up. Save it to your computer, then resize and use as you see fit. You can find a reminder/introduction to embroidery, including basic stitches and the all-important “how to transfer your pattern to your fabric” links, in this post!

Finally: if you use these patterns I’d love to see it (and I may just feature you in my blog!), if you’ve got suggestions for embroidery patterns you’d like to see, I would love to hear them (no promises, though), and if you would like to see all of my growing collection of free embroidery patterns, look here.

Happy stitching!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. giddy permalink
    06/03/2010 9:26 PM

    OMG, I love the tentacles! “From the Depths” I’m doing it. I’m going to put it on the Duvet Project. Those are AWESOME.


  2. 08/17/2010 2:04 AM

    I’m over here after seeing giddy’s wip on Flickr, brilliant patterns, will definitely have to try this to!

  3. 08/17/2010 8:43 AM

    These are fantastic! Thank you!
    Found your blog from flickr… someone is embroidering the tentacles!

  4. 08/22/2010 11:15 PM

    These are fabulous!

  5. Shannon permalink
    08/26/2010 4:58 PM

    Ohhhh my god. My heart rate went way up when I saw those cuttlefish. You are the best!

  6. Sarah Bonar permalink
    09/01/2010 7:52 PM

    I absolutely love your cephalopod patterns and particularly adore the cuttlefish one! I was doing a google search yesterday for a cuttlefish tshirt and found a link to your blog through someone else’s flickr who had used the pattern and….wow, this is getting to be quite the explanation and run-on sentence…Anyway, the shirt was going to be a gift for my boyfriend because we love to “cuttle” and I decided to try out your pattern and make a pillow instead! So here’s the link:

    This was my first time embroidering, but I loved it and think I am hooked! Thanks so much :D

    p.s. I’m slightly embarrassed by the hoop indents, but I was so excited to get this sucker finished that I didn’t iron it. Ha!

  7. 09/16/2010 10:57 AM

    These are so cool! Thanks for sharing them!

  8. 03/29/2011 4:31 PM

    I originally wandered over for the tentacles and now I’m totally distracted by the cuttlefish. They’re just so cute.

  9. 06/15/2012 6:09 AM

    Wow! I’ve seen some of these stitched on Flickr and they look ace. Glad I’ve found the source for them now ;-)


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