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For You With Love


When one is giving crafty heart-themed patterns as Valentine’s presents, it makes sense to give said presents BEFORE the day, so that they might actually get used this season. Ergo, Happy Valentine’s Day, fantastic and much-loved blog audience! With great love, I present two more embroidery patterns for my ever-growing collection of the macabre, nerdy and weird.

Love is a Squishy Thing

If you like this pattern, I’d like to remind you of the cuttlefish love pattern (which I’m currently embroidering onto a shirt- yes, I do actual embroidery, not just doodle patterns!).


I don’t think there’s an embroidery company out there which makes non-traditional patterns that doesn’t have some sort of heart, so I feel a little bad offering up this one for free, even if the style is very much mine. Then again, they all have multiple versions of skulls too– anatomy is anatomy, and it’s pretty universally cool. The theme is one I visit often, and anatomical hearts are something I tend to draw on any surface (or person) who stands still, so it was rather inevitable one would find its way here.

This is a simplified version of the drawings I used to make, from memory, to study for Human Gross Anatomy when I couldn’t be in the lab holding actual human hearts in my blue-gloved hands. I’ve not labeled this one (though I could label just about every feature up there from memory- take that, post-final instant brain dump!), and I decided not to include the major veins (which largely follow the major arteries, if you’d like to add them in yourselves), but otherwise it’s as correct as I could get off hours and hours of Cadaver Lab. The first day I held one of these things (and the first day we held the brains) was an awesome and personal experience in a way the other organs -muscles, nerves, arteries and veins- were not. I’m not sure why. Likely it’s due to the nigh mythological emphasis our culture puts on the heart; an emphasis that is arguably undeserved. Nonetheless, maybe I can share a little of that feeling of cultural awe and appreciation with this here embroidery pattern.


As always, allow me to present the Fine Print (dun dun DUNNNNNN!).

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

You are encouraged to do whatever you want with the piece(s) (use, reuse, abuse, remix, share), just follow these two simple rules:

1) Give me credit (a link back would be preferred)
2) Don’t make a profit off any use or modification of my work.

To be fair, should you really want to use them in a profit-making venture, talk to me and maybe we can work something out. Should you want to say thanks, leave a comment (it’s the little blue pencil button on the top right) and/or tell a friend or six. I love links. If you do make something, I’d love to see it- really!

To get the full-resolution image, click on your desired picture once, then click on it again. Save it to your computer, then resize, crop, print 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’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 at the embroidery patterns tag.)

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