March’s free embroidery pattern is an old symbol that I am very fond of. It’s called Heart in Hand. You’ve probably seen it before. Lot’s of folk-art crafters use this symbol. It’s been used to identifly the Odd Fellows organization. It can be seen in cemeteries on headstones of past Odd Fellow members often with the addition of a three link chain underneath it.
The Shakers used it to symbolize charity given with an open heart. I have also seen it used in old handmade valentines.
As always, click on the pattern above for a larger view and to print out.