Free embroidery pattern and a gift for my brother

My youngest brother asked me to make him something. What it would be was up to me. His only specifications were that it was to be hanged on his wall and should not be too big. I struggled quite a bit with this seemingly simple assignment, because I wanted to make him something he would really like. I brainstormed for quite some time before I finally came up with a plan. I was going to embroider the lyrics of a song our babysitter used to sing to him. The song is Dutch, and it is about being very confident and arrogant. Which applied to my little brother as a kid, and still does now that he is about to turn 27 in February.

So I opened my MacStitch and started messing around with the text option. If you would also like to embroider these lyrics I made the patternΒ Het is moeilijk bescheiden te blijven – Peter Blanker available for download πŸ™‚

It took me quite a while to get the text sorted out properly, but finally I could start embroidering. I was distracted because I was also watching The OA on Netflix and so I promptly made a spelling error in the first line of text. Ugh πŸ™‚

After finishing the whole refrain I had to figure out what to do next. I decided to find some photos and collage them around the text, so I looked through my brother’s Facebook and through my own photo library. You can imagine this took a long time because it was a lot of fun going through old images and memories. I finally made a selection of funny and important moments and important people, and printed the photos on normal paper. I then took some leftover embroidery threads in bright colours and stitched the photos onto the fabric. This had to be done very carefully so as not to fold or tear the paper images.

After finishing putting all the images on I put the fabric with the right side down on a towel and ironed it. Then I found an old frame my mom had lying around and framed it. Since I embroidered the text on before I really knew what else I was going to do with it there was not a lot of extra room left on the fabric on the top and the left side, so this is why it is not entirely centered in the frame πŸ™‚

Loose translation of the lyrics of the song ‘Het is moeilijk bescheiden te blijven’ by Peter Blankers:

It’s hard to stay modest

When you are as good as I am

So tough so charming so nice

You can tell right away

When I look in the mirror I think

Look at this amazing guy

It’s hard to stay modest

For such a talented man



Let me know if you decide to make something with this free embroidery pattern, I’m curious about your work!

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