free pattern: the absence of a snowflake

free pattern: the absence of a snowflake

This pattern is more like a guideline. Chaotic stitching is never really stuff for patterns because it’s well – chaotic. Nevertheless this time the chaotic stitching takes place around a defined shape.


grey felt – depending on your size of embroidery. If you chose to make it 11cm/4.33inch the felt should be about 25x25cm/10x10inch

embroidery floss – white DMC B5200, yellow DMC 745, blue DMC 807


//1 First print the snowflake pattern to the size you want. Mine is 11cm/4.33inch. There should be at least 2cm/0.8inch to every side for the outside stitching. Cut out the snowflake.




// 2 Then pin the papercut onto your felt. Watch out to center it perfectly.



// 3 Begin to stitch around the papercut pattern with white embroidery floss (1stranded). It’s important to stitch into the borderline as often as possible. Here are some rules of thumb to avoid repetitive stitching patterns:

  • use different angles
  • often change the direction of stitching
  • make long and short stitches
  • try not to align stitches



//4 Remove the papercut and see if your edges look sharp enough when you look at it from a distance. If it still looks blurry, add some more stitches to these lines.



//5 Use the yellow thread to add some extra stitches to the center star and the inner areas. I used up only one thread length total, so don’t overdo it.



//6 After this use blue to stitch around the outlines again. Increase your range and make some long stitches around the white stitches, too.



//7 Take a look from a distance to see how the overall look pleases your eye. It’s important not to overdo the stitches. We want to have the look of a frozen flower on a window, with frost nails and not a solid block of stitches 🙂



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  3. You make it look easy but I’m sure achieving a perfect chaos is rather difficult. Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to trying this. x

  4. So very interesting and beautiful, I think I might actually have a hard time trying to be chaotic enough 🙂

  5. So Anne, I love this idea and your willingness to share. Where have been all my life 🙂 Its wonderful to meet the many talented folks from &amp:stitches and please do pop over to my work in a different style expression of crazy quilting. I love the randomness of your work.

  6. This is really so very clever ~ I love it! Thank you so much for sharing how you did it!

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