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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Embroidery Pattern: Snowflake


Here’s my attempt at a snowflake pattern for embroidering. It’s a bit messy, admittedly! But I figured I’d share it anyway, and if you use it, you can clean it up a bit when you transfer the design. I want to embroider a snowflake something-or-other this weekend – perhaps to use on a card or maybe to make onto an ornament of sorts. I haven’t decided yet!

On this particular embroidered snowflake, I want to work beads, so the dots all over the place represent different sized beads. Also, the hairy tips of the beaded branches are just there to give an idea of extra icy embellishment that could be added to the design.

I’m thinking of working a pale blue silk satin stitch on the double-lined branches, and all the rest in a small strand of silver metallic. If I can’t get the silver metallic to work satisfactorily, I may switch to white for the double branches and a pale blue for the beaded branches. In any case, I want to work it on a darker fabric, if I have one in my scraps. The beads will probably be clear. Again, another “we’ll see.”

Well, anyway, it’s not the best or cleanest pattern in the world, but I thought I’d share it with you nonetheless. Here ’tis:

Snowflake Pattern for Hand Embroidery

You can click on it for a larger version. Once you save it to your computer, you can scale it down to a reasonable size.

Have fun with it!


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  1. I know this is a rather old post, but I was wondering if you ever did stitch this snowflake and what stitches you used for it. I am a beginner at embroidery, but have been doing counted cross-stitch for years.
    I would like to stitch some of these snowflakes in silver on a tree skirt made of of faux fur. Do you think it would work and do you have any tips? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Jayme – Thanks for your comment. Hmmmm….. I think it depends on the type of “faux fur” you’re using. Is it remarkably fluffy stuff? I don’t know that embroidery would be the answer, if it is really fluffy stuff. But in any case, you’ll want to stitch over something on the fabric, I think, in order to “lift” the stitches off the fabric. Maybe a tear-away stabilizer, or a maybe a very light, flimsy cotton or something, that you can cut away or tear away around the stitches. You want something that won’t be seen, but that will help keep the stitches from sinking into the faux fur. If the fur is white, maybe you could even use a white craft felt first, and stitch on that, then cut away the felt up to the stitches, then use a white sewing thread to sew the piece on, kind of like an applique…

      Incidentally, I never did stitch this myself. I few readers did, though. Mostly, I saw backstitch as the common stitch used, but any kind of line stitch would work well.

  2. I really like Winstitch which is the Ursa Software program for Windows. I designed tent stitch kneelers for my church on them. But I am looking for a software package to design blackwork or other counted work on a grid. It is hard to do on Winstitch. Do you have any suggestions?

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