Thursday 2 June 2011

A hundred years from now….free pattern

My daughter is at school now.  Her teacher left to pursue other interests amidst a bit of a mid life crisis.  I felt bad for her, I thought she was a lovely, engaging teacher. 

So rather than give her a card as normal people do, I designed the little stitchery below.  And now, I offer it to you as a free download.

Be gentle with me!  It’s my first freebie and I’m not sure that I even know how to upload it. But let’s give it a whirl, shall we?  I hope the size of the picture doesn’t blow away your computer download limit, but I don’t know how to resize them yet.  As I said, I’m a baby.  I think if you right click on the image, and print to a4 size, it should fit. 

A Hundred Years From Now

A free pattern for Silly Goose Quilts blog readers

Please feel free to share this pattern with your friends.

Thankyou and enjoy!


12” x 16” calico or cream coloured background fabric

12” x 16” thin iron on wadding

Light box (not necessary but helpful)

Lead pencil or brown/black micron pen

Coloured pencil or crayons (I used my daughter’s - don’t go silly and buy fancy schmancy ones, cheap is fine)

General sewing requirements

Embroidery hoop

DMC threads - I suggest the following though please feel free to change them:

    • 938 brown

    • 818 flesh

    • 319 green

    • 310 black

    • 309 red

    • 743 yellow

    • 962 pink

    • 335 pink

    • 632 brown

    • 209 purple

    • 333 purple

    • 349 red

    • 919 red

    • 798 red

    • 3799 very dark grey

    • 798 blue

A Hundred Years


Using a light box or window pane, transfer your design to the background fabric of your choosing.

Iron the wadding to the wrong side of your background fabric. Fix the embroidery hoop in place.

Using two or three strands of embroidery floss, stitch design using our photo and picture as a guide. I have used a basic backstitch for all of the embroidery except the eyes, which I have stitched using a french knot. I’ve assumed a working knowledge of these stitches. If you are a newbie, there are loads of free tutorials online or on you-tube that can help you out.

I’ve given you a list of DMC colours that I have used, however feel free to adapt your pattern to reflect your own tastes. I used the following:

all words - 938 brown

faces, arms, legs - 818 flesh

grass - 319 green

eyes - 310 black

mouths - 309 red

first girl

hair – 743 yellow

bow – 962  pink

shoe and dress – 335 pink

second girl

hair – 632 brown

bow – 209 purple

shoe and dress – 333 purple


body – 3799 very dark grey

mouth and nose – 310  black

first boy

hair –919 red

shirt, shorts, shoes – 349 red

second boy

hair – 632 brown

shirt, shorts, shoes –798 blue

Remove your design from the embroidery hoop.

When design is stitched to your satisfaction, lightly shade the dresses, shirts, dog and hair to your liking with coloured pencils or crayons. Start lightly, and continue shading until the design is as dark as you wish. Lightly press your design on the wrong side.

Now that your design is finished, you can do with it as you wish! I have framed mine in a wooden frame purchased from a cheap shop, though you could easily make a wall hanging from it either. My design should fit into a 9” x 7” frame insert, though check before you cut!

Thankyou for taking the time for stitching my design. Please check my blog often as I add new things!

I do hope you like it.  Please drop me a line or a comment if you have anything to say!

Happy stitching!



  1. Have downloaded your pattern and will be stitching it very soon. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Cheers Anne

  2. Thankyou, Anne - please send me a photo when you're done!