“Hope is a thing with feathers” stitchery

Code : CG011

Hope is a thing with feathers - stitchery pattern by Matching Pegs
"Hope is a thing with Feathers" stitchery pattern by Matching Pegs

This stitchery features a verse from a poem by Emily Dickinson
It is designed to be stretched over a 16” square canvas.
It could also be incorporated into a quilt, or on a cushion as a central medallion.
Detail of "Hope is a thing with Feathers" stitchery pattern by Matching Pegs
Detail of "Hope is a thing with Feathers" stitchery pattern by Matching Pegs


  • 60cm (OR 5/8 yard) of a pale, plain coloured cotton fabric for the stitchery.
  • 40cm (OR 1/2 yard) of fusible, light-weight batting, such Vilene H630.
  • 1 Fat Quarter (50 x 56cm metric OR 18” x 22” Imperial) of fabric for the border.
  • 40cm (16”) square canvas. Measurements are calculated for a canvas with a depth of approx. 4cm (OR 1 1/2”).
  • 2 skeins of 6 stranded embroidery floss, I used Cottage Garden Threads in ‘Peacock’ – 1201, which is a variegated thread (see top photo).
  • Embroidery needle of choice, suitable for 2 strands of floss.
  • Very fine permanent pigment pen in brown: eg “Zig Millennium 03 in Pure Brown” OR “Sakura Pigma Micron 01 (0.25mm) in Brown”.
  • Temporary (disappearing) fabric marker.
  • Iron and pressing cloth (I use a clean tea towel).
  • Staple Gun and staples.
  • Sewing machine and general sewing supplies.
  • Perspex quilting ruler, rotary cutter & mat.
  • Embroidery hoop (optional).
  • Light box (optional).

Shown in the second photo is an alternate colour way, in two variegated threads for the feathers, Cottage Garden Threads ‘Clivea’-500 (oranges) and ‘Rusty Gate’-507, and a third thread ‘Nutmeg’-304 for the lettering.

I am no longer designing and selling patterns, but I’m very proud of the work I created, so I have left the patterns detailed here as a record of my endeavours.

Pattern : CG011 : Hope is a thing with feathers stitchery

2 thoughts on ““Hope is a thing with feathers” stitchery

  1. I don’t own or run a retail store. I stumbled upon this looking for a meditation pillow pattern. I cannot find your pattern anywhere but here. Do you sell or give away this pattern to individuals. I would love to make this to frame and have hung in the NICU and ICU at the hospital I work in. They are looking for artwork for our new hospital we are building in Fargo ND. Please let me know. I would love to share this presentation of this message you have created.
    thank you for you time

    • Hi Kathleen,

      There are 2 ways you could get a copy of my pattern.
      You could purchase it online here.


      You could visit your local patchwork store and ask them to order the pattern in for you from my distributor here in Australia. My distributor is called “Creative Abundance” and there are no compulsory minimums that a store must order, so your local store could order just one pattern if they wanted.

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