Hand embroider the Lisbon Tram (pdf pattern)


Hand embroider the Lisbon Tram and build a closer connection to the Portuguese capital. This design is a balanced mix of fine back stitch lines and covered surfaces of the tram. Feel free to make the tram in the colour that fits your home the best and you will have a unique embroidered art piece that fits perfectly. The pattern goes in a 15cm (6″) diameter hoop and can easily be brought with you as your creative project on the go!

Hand embroider the Lisbon Tram as a memorable artwork from the Portuguese capital. Perhaps you’ve visited the city, or dream to go? Modern hand embroidery is the perfect creative project to bring on your travel.

This needlework pattern fits perfectly in a hoop of 15cm (6″) hoop. It is inspired by the incredibly charming trams that run all through the city of Lisbon. This particular tram only goes up and down the steep road called “Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo”. The road is full of charming bars and restaurant, hence we definitely recommend you to have a look around!

The Lisbon tram pattern is our first design that was inspired by a moving object. So far, our embroidery designs are largely inspired by street scenes or architecture. Therefore, it was very fun challenge to capture the perspective and movement of the yellow tram. You can see the final embroidered version in front of the moving tram on the second product picture.

It’s a pure joy to be able to come back to the original inspiration point for a reference picture. It’s as if the creative process goes full circle when you’re able to reconnect the design with its location.

What to expect when I hand embroider the Lisbon Tram design?

Firstly, you will receive the technique, stitch and colour guides as downloadable pdf files. No physical material will be shipped with this purchase.

It’s a perfect design for relative beginners who look for an inspiring challenge. The contours are stitched with a single-strand black thread, which creates a strong contrast with the yellow carrier. When you hand embroider the Lisbon tram we recommend to use the split stitch and satin stitch techniques to create a smooth surface. Just be aware and pay attention to how the direction of your stitches influence the perceived depth of the image.

Do you love Lisbon and would like to see some more Lisbon patterns? Fantastic, because we have another lovely design of the viewpoint over Panteon Nacional here.

Work from embroiderers in our community:

Student work on Lisbon tram embroidery pattern by Charles and Elin
By @ateliercomalma
Student work on Libson tram embroidery pattern by Charles and Elin
By @elena_belka_belova
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