Rainbow Stitch Sampler Tutorial

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This little rainbow sampler tutorial is perfect for someone looking to learn the basics of hand embroidery. It is designed to fit a 5" round hoop, although the design is versatile enough to be worked onto finished articles or patches as well.

This 47-page digital PDF contains a materials list, pattern tracing, and 40+ full-color images to show step-by-step instructions for eight common embroidery stitches as well as how to finish and display your rainbow sampler in a hoop. Left-handed instructions are provided for stitches that differ in their methods of working. 

You can purchase the pattern tutorial on its own, or select the option to bundle it with our Beyond the Basics: Supplies and Fundamentals for Hand Embroidery (and save nearly $3!). Supplies and Fundamentals is a companion PDF that goes into all the little things most patterns gloss over - fabric selection, methods of starting and stopping threads, pattern transfer, needle sizes, and more. With an additional 42 pages and 40+ more pictures, you'll learn valuable skills for any embroidery project. 

Materials Needed to Complete Pattern:

DMC thread (color list provided)

8" square piece of light to midweight fabric (solid light colors recommended)

6" square piece of felt and matching sewing thread

5" embroidery hoop

Needle, scissors


This PDF will be available for download upon purchase and can be accessed online as well. No physical goods will be shipped. Because patterns are digital products and are protected as intellectual property, they are not subject to return or exchange and all sales are final. If you have any questions or problems downloading, please contact us for help using the Message Us button at bottom right!


This pdf includes instructions for finishing your rainbow in a hoop -but that's certainly not the only way to display a finished piece of embroidery. Click here for free instructions on using a rectangular piece of fabric to make your rainbow into the  drawstring pouch shown in the third picture.