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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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Ecclesiastical Embroidery Pattern: Cross


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Here’s a nice little cross pattern that can be used for all kinds of ecclesiastical hand embroidery applications.

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern: Cross for Ecclesiastical Embroidery

The design is suitable for embroidery on a stole, for the top of a linen pall, for a book cover, on a baptismal gown, for First Communion gifts – really for any place where you’d like to embroider a cross. Any type of interpretation would work – you could use colored silk and gold, white-on-white, black-on-white, colored cotton threads, and so forth. You could just outline the pattern, or you could fill different parts, either with solid color, or shading. So many possibilities!

Here’s a PDF of the pattern. It will print at about 6″ square.

Cross Pattern for Hand Embroidery

Church Embroidery Patterns: Book One

Interested in more church patterns? Check out Church Patterns: Book One – a collection of over 120 patterns suitable for church embroidery, and also for other arts & crafts endeavors (appliqué, paper crafts, painting – you name it!).


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  1. Thank you for sharing this lovely cross. I am currently making an altar cloth for the chapel at my daughter’s college. It’s my first time doing this so I chose to use machine embroidery. Hopefully, I will have the chance to make another one and next time I will be brave enough to use hand embroidery.

  2. Hi,my name is Nici. Im very very new in my quest to try embroidery. I have watched a few youtube videos,purchased all the supplies and im excited. But, just a question for you…how would use the patterns? Do i print it and transfer? I dont know how to do this I am excited to learn how to do this. Beautiful past time.

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