New embroidery pattern - Buzzzzz

I'm taking part in another tutorial linkup organized by Laura of Bugs and Fishes, this time the theme was "Flowers" and here is mine:

It was really fun to design and make, I used water colour crayons again but this time I used calico rather than cotton, after the trouble I had with my "Monsters Deserve Love Too" pattern where the water colour ran outside the lines. Here it mostly stayed where I intended it to, but gave a rougher effect due to the texture of the fabric. I also used clear seed beads for patterns on the flowers, but I think they also look like raindrops. I have been drawing this bee since I was a teenager (although normally he has a few legs the other way around) so I love the fact I can now share him!

You can download the pattern for free here. If you have any trouble, contact me (unexpectedkitty [at] gmail [dot] com) and I'll email you a copy of the PDF. Please note that when you first view it in Google Drive, the main picture will look really horrible (due to something weird to do with Google) but when you download it everything should be fine.

If you make this pattern, I'd love to see it! Email me and I'll put your version on my blog if you want.

I'll post details of all the other tutorials in the linkup when I have them, I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with.

Update: here are the other tutorials.


  1. This is so, so cute! I love the texture of the beads and the water color background adds such great color! I want to try painting cloth before stitching now!

  2. Thank you! I want to try doing more random paint effects next, rather than just trying to keep inside the lines. I haven't tried actual watercolours yet.