Colorful Geometric Embroidery Project

By guest blogger Eva of Build House Home

The inspiration

I spotted a basic embroidery framed up in a children’s design store in Auckland. A simple design, fresh colour palette and blank white space lifted the piece from granny needlepoint to modern must have. But $300! My inner Martha was twitching to have a go.

The Materials

  • White embroidery mesh .
  • 8-10 embroidery wool colours
  • Embroidery needles

The stitching pattern

  • Repeated triangles form squares with two stitched quarters and two blank quarters.
  • To create the triangle shape the long side of each triangle must cover an even number of holes or rows in the mesh. I used 22 but suit your size to your design.
  • Keep the colour combinations consistent.
  • Use your eye to balance the colors, or copy the pattern below

TOP TIP: If you are using an existing frame make sure that your completed piece will fit before you begin. Place the picture mat over the mesh. Allow for a small gap between the picture mat and the embroidery edge, and mark off the remaining space with sticky tape. Count the number of rows in the taped area and divide by the number of rows in your triangle to make sure the pattern will fit.

The Directions

Step 1: Cut mesh about 2cm larger than the final size you want to make. 

Step 2: Start embroidery about 2cm in from a corner of the mesh.  You can make your triangles any size you choose, for mine the long side covers 22 squares of the mesh (see yellow numbers on diagram below).   The long side must cover an even number of squares or the tip of the triangle will be blunt rather than pointed.

Step 3: Start with longest side first, and follow the stitching pattern on the diagram below (blue numbers) until triangle is complete.

Step 4:  Choose colors randomly, but repeat color combinations to create a flow of color rather than a fruit salad.  Use your eye to balance colors across the piece.

Step 5:  Tie off loose threads as neatly as possible on the back of the work.

TOP TIP -  Do not cross threads across the white spaces between the stitched areas.  They will be visible when the work is framed on a white a backing.

Step 6:  Once piece is complete iron flat between two pieces of fabric (clean tea towels work well).

Step 7:  Stick mesh to back of picture mat with a wide tape.  Make sure that it is lying flat and fits with in the frame.

Back with white paper or board to make the white space pop.


  1. Love it. Have had triangles running around my head and sketch pad. I think I may have to incorporate some in my next illustration. Love the embroidery!

  2. I looove this. As soon as I saw it I went out to get the supplies. I'm having a little trouble with the mesh I got though, I think the holes are the wrong size because the threads aren't coming together to make a solid triangle, even when using all 6 parts of the thread. Should I be using Aida cloth?

  3. Gorgeous!! I just started embroidering and I love this idea. So graphic and fun.

  4. I love this so much! Geometric has always been my thing and I'm loving that it's finally in style. This is definitely happening!

  5. Hey Ashley, just browsing through your blog and came through your post of my embroidery!!! I completely love the way it looks as a blog post, think I may have to give it a rerun on my blog too.
    Love your work as usual.

  6. Love it! I like embroidery for years! This kitty is amazing, where can i find the pattern? I saw this toy on pinterest? but no links for pattern or autor(

    1. Hi! The pins on Pinterest should be for the geometric embroidery project, which is featured above. It was created by Eva of Build House Home ( ). Since the cat is just a styling prop for the embroidery project, I do not have any information about it; although, it certainly does look handmade! If you visit Build House Home, perhaps you can contact Eva, the author, and ask her about the kitty toy? She may have made it and might like to tell you about it.

      Thanks for visiting!


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