The idea is to find embroidery designs that fill a yoke-shaped pattern piece leaving room for the seam allowances. I look in embroidery design books and at vintage embroidery transfer patterns for inspiration. This time I chose the following transfer book:
I always trace the patterns out of books like this instead of using them as transfers. I just can’t seem to make myself tear pages out of books.
I find designs I like and arrange them on the yoke pattern piece to see how they will fit. I usually trace the yoke pattern piece onto a piece of posterboard so that I can use it as a template to trace around on other sheets of paper to provide blanks for designing. Once I have drawn out half of the embroidery design, I use the light desk to trace off a mirror image for the other half of the pattern. Here are some designs I came up with this morning:
This shows that you don’t need to be an artist to come up with usable designs, you just have to be able to trace.