Every once in awhile Urban Threads puts out a free pattern. I <3 Urban Threads. This definitely isn't your Grandma's embroidery, ;) Love and Cupcakes | Urban Threads: Unique and Awesome Embroidery Designs
Free downloadable pattern for this awesome embroidery. I think I will do it on cream colored material and then cut it out around the scrollwork then blanket stitch it to piece of felt cut in the same pattern, put a pin back on it and TA DA..real cameo...sort of, :). Gothic Halloween Cameo Embroidery » Flamingo Toes
Okay so this pattern is not free, but it's awesome and only 7 bucks. I just didn't want to make ANOTHER pin board for my embroidery addiction, lol........Matryoshki Muertos | Urban Threads: Unique and Awesome Embroidery Designs
ANother awesome free pattern from UrbanTHreads...<3 that site! Other than their unique and modern designs, the thing I <3 the most about UrbanThreads is that the designs aren't just for machine embroidery. THey all come in hand embroidery patterns too and you can also order the stock art!
FREE Stitching Guide from WIndflower. This is a site primarily for stumpwork, but this stitch guide is good for all hand embroidery. Very detailed instructions and lists of what to use that particular stitch for.
Great, whimisical free embroidery pattern on this page. The instructions are for dyeing the string...but go to the bottom of the instructions and click on the either the pic of the pattern or the pic of the finished product and you will be taken to a page to download the .pdf pattern file.