You’ll love our free chicken embroidery pattern! It’s easy to download and easy to stitch! Use whatever colors you’d like, or follow my color scheme. No matter what it’ll turn out perfect!
Note: DO NOT post this pattern to embroidery FB groups or any other website. Only share this pattern by linking to this post. I spend hours creating patterns and projects that I share for free with my readers. The only payment that I receive is traffic back to my site which generates a small amount of revenue. When someone takes my pattern and posts it elsewhere I don’t receive any credit or traffic back to my site. Thank you for understanding.
My daughter and I started doing embroidery together last year and have had SO MUCH FUN creating projects to fill up our embroidery wall. I had no idea how relaxing and slightly addicting embroidery could be. We’ve learned the basic stitches and have embroidered everything from quilt squares to jean jackets. I wanted to embroider a chicken to add to our wall, in honor of the feisty little ladies who live in a coop in our backyard.
This chicken embroidery pattern was a lot of fun to make and fun to stitch.
Free Chicken Embroidery Pattern
(scroll to the end of the post for the free pattern)
I am NOT a professional pattern maker or a master of textiles and needlework. I just do it for fun which is why I’m happy to share my pattern for free! My pattern fits an 8″ hoop but can be resized in your printer settings to scale it down.
I drew this by hand and then ran it through an image trace feature on my computer to clean it up a bit. You can use any color of thread and any type of embroidery stitch to create your chicken, but I’ll list exactly what I did below as well as the colors that I used.
Chicken Embroidery Thread Colors
I used a LOT of colors for this project. Feel free to use less and double up. For example, if you don’t want to pick out two shades of goldenrod, just get one and use it for the yellow flowers as well as the feet and beak. It really doesn’t matter. I just wrote down the colors that I used in case anyone asked.
- 3831 (dark rust): large rose
- 3328: (light rust): head, daisy garland flowers, single French knot flowers.
- 3376 (burnt orange): flower centers
- 3852 (sunflower yellow): large flower on top, rose centers
- 729 (golden rod): beak, feet
- 367: (dark green) garland, lilac leaves, and stems
- 368 (medium green): rose leaves
- 3053 (sage green): single French knot flower leaves
- 3740 (dark purple): lilac blooms
- 3743 (light purple): lilac blooms
- 778 (light mauve): large rose
- 3773 (mauve): medium rose, daisy centers
- 754 (peach): large daisy petals
- 948 (light peach): small rose
- Not pictured (black): chicken eye
All filler flowers, loose petals, and French knots not listed above can be stitched with any of the colors. I only listed the large details.
Chicken Embroidery Stitches
As I mentioned before, you can use any type of embroidery stitch that you’d like to create the details for this chicken. I’ll list the stitches that I used for each detail as well as easy-to-follow videos that will teach you how to do each stitch if you are a beginner. The videos are from Cutsey Crafts. I learned how to do embroidery from Clever Poppy, but it was a paid course. The videos that I’ve linked to are free tutorials.
Satin Stitch: beak, feet, face, large flower petals, medium green leaves for French knot flowers.
Woven Rose/Wheel: roses (I add the French knot centers before stitching the rose)
Lazy Daisy: small daisies, lilac leaves, filler petals, filler flowers
Back Stitch: lilac stems
Fishbone Stitch: rose leaves
French Knots: French knot border flowers, filler dots, rose centers, large daisy centers, chicken eye
How To Embroider a Chicken
Trace the pattern onto your fabric using a water-soluble pen (washes away when you rinse the finished project) or Frixion pen (disappears with heat after you are done stitching). Since I used a dark color of fabric (which is harder to trace onto) I used a water-soluble pattern transfer.
Once your pattern has been traced or transferred, begin stitching! It was so fun to watch this little hen come to life. Feel free to add additional details like extra French knots or lazy daisy petals to fill up even more space and add even more color.
If you use my pattern please tag me on social media (@gluesticksblog) or email me a photo!
Note: DO NOT post this pattern to embroidery FB groups or any other website. Only share this pattern by linking to this post. I spend hours creating patterns and projects that I share for free with my readers. The only payment that I receive is traffic back to my site which generates a small amount of revenue. When someone takes my pattern and posts it elsewhere I don’t receive credit of any kind. Thank you for understanding.
Downloading the pattern is easy!
Step 1: Click here to open the download.
Step 2: Click on “file” to export the pdf to your computer to save for later or click “print” to print right away.
Step 3: You can resize the pattern in the print menu. Printing at 100% will print a design that fits an 8″ embroidery hoop.
Welcome! I'm Brandy, mother to 5 darling kiddos and a cute black lab named Toby. My husband is in the Coast Guard so we've lived all over the place, turning each house into a home. I love baking, sewing, making cute things with my kids, and sharing what I've learned with all of you!