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Where To Find The Best Free Parchment Craft Patterns
If you've been looking for free parchment craft patterns you know there is a lot of wading through fake pages which lure you with 'free' only to get to a place where you have to buy if you want to ge those patterns.
How many times have you been forced to simply click the Back button because you didn't quite find what you were looking for?
Don't get me wrong, I have TONS of purchased patterns, however when you are looking for a few free ones to dip your toes into the water, the free ones are what you really need.
Parchment crafting is becoming more and more popular with every passing day. While 10 years ago when the parchment bug first hit me, there were hardly any free parchment craft patterns and instructions available, these days, you can find them in abundance, some free but most of them paid.
Throughout my years of working with Pergamano - parchment crafting, I have bookmarked the best free parchment craft patterns sites and now I release these to you. I will keep updating this article regularly, however at the moment of me writing it, every single page HAS free parchment patterns to save to your computer, or print out for your growing parchment patterns folder.
To learn more about Pergamano - Parchment craft, hop over to my other parchment related article.
Cliff is a Pergamano teacher in the UK and I have been following his site for several years now. He has several purchasable designs that he is updating regularly, however this is not why we are really listing him here.
The reason is because he has at the moment 3 gorgeous free parchment patterns that are really worth mentioning: a beautiful parchment butterfly, a gorgeous parchment card that can be given as gift for any occasion (you can simply add another golden peel-off sticker instead of the one that is currently shown on the card), and an exceptionally beautiful parchment fan.
Throughout your journey with parchment craft you will notice the theme of fans coming up over and over again. Parchment fans are something that every parchment crafting enthusiast is trying to create - let me tell you, they are NOT the first thing you should start your new journey with!
Click through to Cliff's parchment free patterns to get your 3 free patterns.
2.) Aileen Childs Parchment Patterns
Aileen Childs is another UK parchment crafter who really knows her stuff. As a sidenote, I really have to mention that I have met a lot of UK parchment enthusiasts throughout the years. There is just something with UK and parchment crafting, a deep love between the two...
On Aileen's site you can also buy parchment cards, but note that she is only shipping within the UK. But since we are looking for free parchment patterns, she offers us several great free parchment designs to choose from: many different styles of bookmarks, Christmas patterns and of course the greeting cards. Great for your ever growing of parchment card collection.
Visit Aileen's free parchment patterns through the link. Her site might not be the eaiest to navigate, but it does the job just as well.
3.) Anneke Oostmeijer Free Pattern
Anneke is not only a renowned parchment crafter and a registered Pergamano teacher, but has also several parchment crafting books (which I all have!). She is from The Netherlands, and while her books were initially written in Dutch, they have been already translated in English due to their popularity all over the world.
She has currently one single pattern, but boy what a pattern! One that if you master doing, you'll have enhanced your parchment crafting skills tenfold! I know I have!
The image here shows the pattern that you can currently download from her site. You can get it in pdf file format (using Adobe Acrobat Reader) and it is available both in Dutch and in English.
Go to Anneke's free pattern through the link.
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4.) Debbie Dodd's Parchment Patterns
Debbie Dodd is also a parchment enthusiast, and her website actually features several of her crafting hobbies. However since we are looking for free parchment crafting patterns and designs, here is the link you want to go to: Debbie's parchment place.
To get to her free patterns, go to the very bottom of the page. Currently she has 6 free patterns that are lovely and great for your ever growing collection.
5.) Karen Shaw Parchment Free Patterns
Karen Shaw has a great website that I enjoy browsing from time to time. She is living in France and is a parchment craft instructor.
The free patterns on her site are some made by herself and others are by some of her students or colleagues. All beautiful and worth grabbing them while they are still there.
Click through to Karen's free patterns page. The patterns are all in pdf file format so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open them. Some of the patterns have also instructions which is an additional plus.
This is a wonderful parchment craft book, perfect for beginners and those who are already making cards alike. I have it and love it to bits!
6.) Amanda's Free Parchment Designs
Amanda is living in Taiwan and she has LOADS of free patterns, busy to keep you for months and months! I kid you not! She has patterns starting from 2009 and you will get some great designs on bookmarks, cute little handbags, fans and greeting cards for all occasions.
However the only caveat is that you first need to register to her site simply by submitting your email address. If you don't want to leave your personal mail, you can always use an alternative Gmail or Yahoo or Hotmail address for such subscriptions, just to avoid any spam. However make sure to keep checking that alternative email address in case you get sent some goodies through mail as well :)
Once registered on her site, you can download her patterns, they all open in Word document.
Go to Amanda's parchment site and download your freebies!
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7.) Free Patterns At Wightcat Crafts
Wightcat Crafts has a section on free patterns donated by well known parchment crafters such as Julie Roces, Hilary Bucci Pepper, Adele Miller (her fan card is gorgeous!) and Adele Miller.
Here you will find again a ton of paterns to keep you busy. Seriously, if you print out all these patterns, you won't have to buy a new pattern pack for at least a year!
Go to Wightcat patterns page by clicking the link.
How To Work With Parchment Patterns
Best Parchment Craft Books Around
I have over 30 books on my bookshelf at home, but I find myself coming back over and over to these ones. They are perfect to get you started and some of the techniques are advanced enough that you will be busy with them for many months ahead.
Parchment craft, the art of piercing and embossing translucent parchment paper to create delicate, lace-like designs, originated in the cloisters of Spain in the 15th century. This book shows, in colour step-by-step sequences, how to trace, perforate, emboss, cut and tint the parchment paper to create greeting cards and bookmark designs.
There are 22 projects shown in colour, together with full-size patterns and easy-to-follow instructions for each one. Readers can mix and match the motifs and borders, including butterflies, flowers, fans, a carnival mask and an exotic bird.
A book describing the basics techniques of this creative hobby called, parchment craft. The techniques described in the book are tracing, dorsing, embossing, stippling, perforating and cutting are explained in detail. The many step by step pictures clearly show how to create your own masterpieces.
With the help of the colour pictures in this book you will already be able to make beautiful cards even while you are practising. Martha Ospina has managed to offer a great instruction book on the basic pergamano techniques