These free, downloadable embroidery patterns have been inspired by a group of beautiful 19th-century samplers in our collection, originating from Mexico.
Follow the instructions to make an embroidered bag, big enough for a wallet, keys and mobile phone or use the designs to decorate your own creations.
You'll find the designs, stitch guide and full instructions in the pdf below – download and print the designs at home on an A4 printer.
Embroidery design by Xinyi Li, MA Fashion Curation, London College of Fashion University of the Arts London
Embroidery has a long history in Mexico. In the 19th century, decorative stitches were used to create colourful animal, bird and plant motifs in silk, cotton or linen threads. Samplers were a popular way to practise needlework skills and adapt different designs. The motifs could be applied to a range of textiles, from household linen to traditional clothing.
See more examples of Mexican embroidery in our collections.