Don't Step on the Dirigible Plums!



This pattern has been retired as of December 2020. This post is for archival purposes only. Each of my PDF patterns and artworks are inherently protected by copyright. You may NOT re-create or copy my work; patterns may not be re-sold, distributed (in print or online), or shared.

"Three hand-painted signs had been tacked to a broken-down gate. The first read, THE QUIBBLER. EDITOR: X. LOVEGOOD. The second, PICK YOUR OWN MISTLETOE. The third, KEEP OFF THE DIRIGIBLE PLUMS." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

About the Pattern

This  8-inch embroidery design is inspired by the sign posted in Luna Lovegood's front garden, and is created with all skill levels in mind. (But, if you really want me to attach a skill level to this pattern, then I'd describe it as a great fit for a "confident beginner.") 

What's in the pattern?

In this 29-page PDF, you'll find:

  • A detailed supply list, including links to my preferred small businesses that sell the absolute best embroidery hoops and fabrics!
  • A complete list of all DMC thread colors used in this pattern, including color swatches
  • Pattern tips throughout
  • Two black and white traceable patterns
  • Two illustrated color guides
  • 8 pages of illustrated stitch tutorials with written explanations, so that you will learn all the stitches used in this pattern
  • Detailed instructions on how to begin and finish your hoop
  • 7 pages of step-by-step instructions with accompanying photos that teach you how to successfully stitch this hoop
Yes, you read that correctly! This PDF includes TWO patterns, one with the classic "Keep Off the Dirigible Plums" quote and the other with my favorite alternative, "Don't Step on the Dirigible Plums."

The little plums are my favorite part of this hoop, right up there with all of the beautiful leaves!

Am I able to sell items I make from this pattern?

No, unlike my crochet patterns, I kindly ask that you do not sell anything you make from this pattern. Do not alter this pattern in any manner and distribute as your own. I strongly (but politely!) request that you give credit to my shop for the pattern and post a link if you share your finished hoop online.

Help! I'm intimidated by embroidery!

First, take a deep breath! Each of my embroidery patterns includes a detailed stitch guide with illustrations and step-by-step instructions so that  you're able to learn each stitch with confidence. (YouTube is also a great teacher if you're a bigger fan of video tutorials!) Remember, if anything ever starts to look a little wonky, you can always use a pair of small embroidery scissors to carefully cut the stitches out and try again! Unlike many other art forms, very little in embroidery is irreversible. Mistakes are always a part of learning, so please do not become discouraged if you find yourself practicing stitches several times before you're happy with the result. (Plus, the more you practice, the better embroiderer you will become!) 

Where can I purchase this pattern?

You'll find this pattern available here in my Etsy shop, and it costs $15!

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