South Kensington, London ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง


This hand embroidery pattern of South Kensington, London fits perfectly into a hoop of 23cm (9″) or larger. The pattern will be sent to your email as an instantly downloadable PDF immediately after purchase.

The pdf also includes

  • ๐ŸŽจ colour guide
  • ๐Ÿ”– stitch guide
  • ๐Ÿ“– general technique guide so that you can embroider the design with confidence.

Story of the South Kensington design

Are you a beginner of modern hand embroidery? Or perhaps just new to the architectural embroidery style? Then this beginner friendly pattern is perfect for you! The design takes inspiration from the charming streets of South Kensington, London. Especially during spring and summer, when the magnificent floral cover many of the brick walls.

This particular building has a modern look, which lends itself ideal for beginners of neat single-stranded lines. However, with the added floral, the finished embroidery will still have a luxurious and advanced look. All the contours of the building are stitched with single stranded backstitches, whereas the floral with French knots.

We encourage you to choose the color of your preference for the floral. A recommendation is to use a variate thread regardless of which color as it contributes to a smooth and natural variation without the hassle of having to change threads constantly. Furthermore, you only need to purchase one skein of floss that will cover a wide range of nuances.


Embroidery stitches used in this pattern:

  • Back stitch
  • Satin stitch
  • Split stitch
  • French knot

You can learn how to embroider the above techniques in this article or via our free video stitch library Going Knots .

Materials you need to complete this embroidery design:

  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Cotton canvas (or any non-stretch and non-transparent cotton fabric such as Duck canvas 7oz)
  • ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Embroidery hoop of 23cm (9)
  • ๐ŸŽจEmbroidery needle (We love to use 1-5 Bohin France or DMC needles)
  • ๐Ÿงต Embroidery floss (DMC colour codes are indicated on your pattern pdf)
  • โœ‚๏ธ Scissor
  • ๐Ÿ“ Carbon paper for transfer (Alternatively solvy paper, iron-on pen or any other transfer method of your preference)
  • ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ Pointy ball point pen
  • ๐Ÿ“ Optional: Small ruler

Here is an article with more information about the various materials that we use.


โ†’ Included in your pattern pdf is a video tutorial on how to transfer our architectural hand embroidery designs with carbon paper.

โ†’ Upon purchase you will also receive an invitation to our supportive Private Facebook community that is available only for stitchers of our designs and courses.

Learn more with online courses

Are you keen to dive deeper into the Architectural hand embroidery style?

Then youโ€™d want to have a look at our in depth Architectural hand embroidery and threadpainting courses on Charles and Elin Academy!

In addition to courses on Architectural designs we also offer other inspiring courses to support you on your exploration of modern hand embroidery.

South Kensington
Stitched by Glenda Singer
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