Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Clownfish

A few weeks ago, I heard from our fellow Nut, Leta. Someone on the 1-2-3 Stitch! message board had finished and posted a cute clownfish pattern, and Leta wondered where she might get it. The stitcher said it was an old Funk & Weber freebie. I like to think Leta did a cartwheel and shimmy at that point, maybe a few fist pumps, because, you know, she’s a Nut! And she knew it would be a snap to track the pattern down.

I knew the pattern, of course: It was the pattern we gave away during the Funk & Weber Designs Live Trunk Show Tour in 2003-04. What I didn’t know was if that pattern ever made it onto the new (now six years old) computer or into the Funk & Weber archives. My systems of organization and storage, though far from perfect, are way-yonder better now than they were then. Some things have been lost over the years.

This pattern, it seems, was one of them. My search uncovered a picture of the finished piece, but not the pattern or pdf handout. Bummer. I like that pattern!

Clownfish puzzle cross stitch pattern by Funk & Weber Designs

So I grabbed the (dusty) model off the shelf in the loft and tossed it into the craft case that went with me out to the lodge in September/October. I re-charted the pattern from the model. It was faster and easier than I expected; the pattern and layout were done in a couple of days.

What was hard was finding the colors we’d used. First, I neglected to take my fiber color chart with me to the lodge, so I had to wait until I returned home to even try to figure it out. Second, that poor neglected model has been in and out of storage, traveled more than 35,000 miles, and been collecting retirement dust for years. Honest-to-dog, I couldn’t figure out the light yellow-orange color. Nothing matched, and we have every DMC color in the arsenal. Mike to the rescue!

There’s probably a lesson here about taking good care of our needlework, but I’m not going there. Ahem.

The sad, sorry, saga continues with us relocating to Anchorage for two weeks where I had hoped to put together this post and upload the pattern, but—doh!—I didn’t take the model with me (the pattern was done), and the only image I had was on the desktop computer at home. I failed to get it on my go-with-me hard drive. Without the model to show you what the pattern looks like, how would you know if you wanted to stitch it? Ah, the trials of a mobile lifestyle, eh?

Still, it hasn’t taken that long. And now I’m so happy to resurrect this pattern and make it available again.

Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Clownfish

Thanks to Leta, the Clownfish Puzzle cross stitch pattern is back! Grab your copy now. Let us know how you finish it, too. Send a picture to mail {AT} funkandweber {DOT} com.

If you want, you can put the pieces back into the clownfish and skip the whole puzzle part. Right, Bev?

There’s a story behind this stitchery (isn’t there always?). It was going to be part of a series, but the pieces that followed changed, and this was left hanging on its own. I’ll tell you about that another time.

Happy stitching!

8 Responses to “Free Cross Stitch Pattern: Clownfish”

  1. Nancy

    I love getting free patterns, yours are always a little different from others I get my hands on so, they are that much more fun.

    Can those of us already subscribed to the newsletter get a free copy of the e-book?


    November 6, 2012 @ 5:20 am
  2. Debi

    Thank you so much for this pattern. Love your designs.

    November 6, 2012 @ 7:55 am
  3. Jen

    You’re both welcome! And thanks for the compliments.

    Nancy, of course you can get the e-book. I’ll find the link to it and send it to you in an email.

    Edited: Just sent it. I used the word “free” in the subject line, so if you don’t see it in your inbox, check your spam folder.

    November 6, 2012 @ 8:48 am
  4. Geri

    Hi Jen,
    I am also requesting the e-book. I’m loving the idea of a rainbow of clownfish!! Thanks again for all your hard work …

    November 6, 2012 @ 9:37 am
  5. Jen

    Done, Geri. Hmmm…maybe I need to send that link out to all Nuts again, eh?

    November 6, 2012 @ 9:46 am
  6. Lorene Frischknecht

    Thanks so much for this freebie fish chart! I love jigsaw puzzles, so I’ll probably love doing this one!

    November 6, 2012 @ 12:18 pm
  7. M J Gardner

    I didn’t get the e-book either. Have done several of your patterns featuring Alaska so would like to try the bookmarks. Thanks.

    November 7, 2012 @ 8:02 am
  8. Jen

    Done, MJ!

    November 7, 2012 @ 8:25 am

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