Whitework with colour embroidery project ready for you to stitch.  Create your own beautiful piece of embroidery by following the simple, step by step instructions provided in this pattern. 

PDF pattern for instant download, no shipping required.  You are buying a digital file to download, save and view/print at home.

The magnificent Tembo is a striking portrayal of an elephant in Whitework with colour embroidery, stitched in shades of grey, taupe, mustard and gold. Tembo is the Swahili and Bantu name for elephant. These gentle giants are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet but their lives are endangered due to the ivory trade. For every digital pattern sold we will be donating $1.00 from the proceeds to the Save the Elephants fund to help protect and make significant changes for African elephants.

Skill level:  Intermediate.  Some previous experience of Whitework with colour required.

Project Size:  14 x 19cm (5,5 x 7,5 inches)

 You will receive

  • 3 PDF Patterns:  The pattern, a copy of Embroidery Essentials and the Stitch Guide.
  • A full list of threads and materials required.
  • Clear tracing outline actual size.

You will need

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Hoop

Purchase an iron on transfer for this pattern.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to preview and store this pattern. 


If you would like more information, on the technique, preparation and materials plus my own hints and tips, you can find a copy of my Handbook here.


Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Christine Muirhead

I love animals and your patterns and transfers capture their appeal perfectly. I’m far from being an expert embroiderer but I’ll be trying so hard to stitch these beautiful creatures , especially Tembo.
Many thanks.

Kathleen Ireland
Magnificent Tembo

This was the first pdf pattern I have ever downloaded, and after some errors on my part and with the help of a friend I was successful. Tembo is beautiful, but the colours used in the pattern are not to my taste, but it’s easy to create my own palate.I may add some beads or sequins to decorate him.pdf is definitely the best way to order patterns—can’t wait to do a big cat. (Tiger, lion or cheetah)to add to my animal collection.

Mrs Judith Hawke

I love seeing a pattern I really want to stitch and being able to print it off there and then and not having to wait for it to be posted to me

Magnificent definitely describes him!

Just ordered the Magnificent Tembo pattern. He’s beautiful! It’s going to be a very challenging project, which is what I love about Trish’s patterns. Her instructions are written so clearly they it’s almost like taking a class with her each time.

Liandre Hawkes

This is out of my comfort zone as my passion is needlepainting. I do, however, really like this and will continue to stitch more of these designs. As always, the instructions are clear and the design beautiful. I highly recommend the transfers for any of these designs. They are easy to use and of high quality. Thank you Trish. You always deliver! 🥰