This Love Lives Here Blackwork pattern by Cotton Season is a free download on Craftsy. The pattern provides a lovely variation on typical blackwork by using DMC 3371 – which is actually a gorgeous, rich dark brown.
DMC 3371 is not as flat as plain black, and adds a lot of richness to your finished piece. It’s a favorite of many embroiderers for its drama and beauty.
This Valentine Button Heart Pattern on Elsie’s Girl is a sweet idea – use a heart-shaped scrap of felt or fabric, and your favorite buttons, and floss for this cute hoop.
I love the variety of colorful buttons Shelley used – an equally lovely way to stitch this would be on a red or dark blue fabric or Aida cloth, with a handful of vintage white or mother-of-pearl buttons.
This beautiful Scrappy Heart Pillow Tutorial on Fort Worth Fabric Studio features such a yummy collection of pink and red fabrics. It makes a great introduction to quilting and basic sewing.
Or, use the scrapwork pattern with Aida cloth and DMC floss and three quarter cross stitches to make mini cross stitch hearts! There’s a nice pictorial guide to three quarter cross stitches on About.com.
This Felt Heart Brooch on Hungry Hippie looks simple and sweet. Embellished felt with loads of french knots – the author uses a lovely range of DMC floss in pinks and reds.
Projects like these are another great chance to try out Color Variations Floss or variegated floss for extra fun!
Last but not least is this sweet Felt Hearts Headband on Munchkin and Bean.
Kristan recycled a store-bought Christmas headband (great way to re-use your holiday gear!) by adding red felt hearts, stitched with a contrasting shade of pink Color Variations Floss.
Maybe all this talk of hearts has left you a bit cold? Well, I’m happy to say we have a project for everyone, and I think this Skull, Crossbones, and Hearts Friendship Bracelet pattern says it all. Or, maybe it just says you really love pirates…
One of the many wonderful free friendship bracelet patterns on our site – be sure to check them all out!