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Free Rainbow Orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris!

We are so excited to have our embroidery teacher Carina Envoldsen-Harris on The Daily Stitch today to share a project from her new book, Mandalas to Embroider!

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris from Polka and Bloom

In this gorgeous book, Carina has carefully created 24 exquisite, meditative mandalas that will delight and inspire anyone who loves embroidery and making beautiful things. With Carina’s guidance you’ll learn to embroider 12 large and 12 small mandalas, using just 10 stitches, Following the delicate patterns in these stunning motifs will help soothe your mind and treat yourself to some tranquility.

Carina and the lovely people at Search Press have a pattern from the book to share with you: the Rainbow Orbit! In this imaginary Solar System, you can begin with the star in the centre, and then work your way outwards, or start with the circles and then add the other stitches. Maybe savour working one colour at a time before moving on to the next.

Take it away, Carina…

Free rainbow orbit embroidery pattern from Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris


I hope you enjoy this pattern from Mandalas to Embroider. It is actually one of my favourites, but don’t tell the rest of the mandalas that I said that! 🙂 This pattern is fun to stitch using lots of colours, or a few or even in white on a solid background as in this sample cushion from the book.

Click here for the pattern

Click here for the stitch guide

Photo credit: Christine Asbridge @chrissie_crafts

If you are making your cushion cover from scratch, do the embroidery before sewing up your cover. However, if you want to embroider a cushion cover you bought ready made, it can be a bit awkward because you only have one “access point” to the embroidery. When I embellish a shop bought cushion cover, I like to turn the cover inside out and rip one of the side seams and/or the top seam so I have better access to do the embroidery. Once the embroidery is done, I simply sew the seams together again on my sewing machine – or you can do it by hand if you don’t have a machine. Either way, it won’t take long to sew together and the easier access to doing the embroidery will save you a lot of frustration.

The Rainbow Orbit pattern fits in a 6″ embroidery hoop but you can easily add more “orbits” to it if you like. If you have a compass that can make a large enough circle, simply use that to draw a larger circle around the pattern. But if you don’t have a compass, here’s a way to add another orbit circle to the pattern…

Print the pattern in the middle of the page and set aside. On a different sheet of paper, draw a circle using the inside of the inner hoop (6″) as your guide.


Draw two lines in a cross from edge to edge on this circle. In the centre, draw a 1″ diameter circle.


Cut out the small circle and then cut away the paper around the large circle. On the pattern, draw a cross in pencil going through the centre.


Lay your cut out circle over the pattern. Use the small circle to find the centre of the pattern. Line up the two crosses and stick down the circle using a bits of washi/masking tape in the centre.


Draw all the way around the circle and then remove the circle and tape. The circle you just drew will be the baseline for the new “orbit”.

Add stitch symbols to fill in the new orbit. Dots for French knots, Vs for fly stitch etc. The baseline can be stitched with back stitch or running stitch.


Draw your new orbit in pencil at first, so it’s easy to make changes. Once you are happy with your new design, go over everything with a black pen and then rub out any pencil marks that you don’t need.

Stitching suggestions: Work the continuous stitches first: back stitch, chain stitch and running stitch. Then, move onto the rows of individual stitches: French knot, lazy daisy and star

Thank you, Carina!

Find signed copies of Mandalas to Embroider in the shop here! Carina also teaches our Embroidery for beginners classes at our West Hampstead shop.

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Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Slip into serenity through your stitches when you have our in house embroidery teacher Carina Envoldsen-Harris guiding you with her latest book. This Danish born designer has carefully created 24 exquisite, meditative mandalas that you can stitch in a hoop. These kaleidoscope designs will delight and inspire anyone who loves embroidery and making beautiful things. Find her beautiful new book here, our embroidery hoops here and our embroidery floss here.

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Ola Jnr Greeting Cards 

Ola Studio is a British design studio that creates fun stationary collections featuring original prints of graphic illustrations. We love our new greeting cards from their Ola Jnr collection featuring the most quirky ways to wish happy birthday and welcome a newborn! Each card is printed in the UK onto premium British made paper. See the collection from Ola Studio here.

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