Do you do a lot of holiday-specific embroidery?
Beyond the occasional Christmas ornament (like this goldwork ornament), or the occasional Easter / Spring-related embroidery (like this basket liner and these hand embroidered eggs), I don’t, really.
I love the idea of a whole tree full of hand embroidered Christmas ornaments; I love the idea of a whole basket full of beautiful embroidered eggs; I love the idea of a hand embroidered tablecloth and matching linens for the Thanksgiving table.
But I really don’t think it will happen in my house, in my lifetime. There are too many other projects, and holiday-specific embroidery rarely takes top priority.
Well, it never does, until right before the holiday – as in, the day before, or the morning of! That’s when I start thinking, Golly, it would be nice to take a hand embroidered gift along to the festivities!
But by then, it’s too late.
This year, I doodled up this Thanksgiving embroidery design for my niece to embroider. She needed something to do. Admittedly, it’s not the most technically perfect doodle, but it was fun, and the sentiment is there, and it worked.
I believe it ended up without the border – just the text, centered on the outer edge of a very large flour sack towel. The towel can then be used as a bread basket liner, with the embroidered text folded out over the dinner rolls, so it’s visible.
Though there’s not much time left, with a simple approach, you could whip up an embroidered something with the design, too, if you like! (I’m always an optimist when it comes to time. I tend to think there’s more of it than there actually is!)
These hand embroidered lettering and text tutorials might come in handy to help you tackle the lettering.
Thanksgiving Embroidery Pattern Printable
Here’s the handy PDF for you. The design prints around 4″ high and 6.75″ wide, including the border. You can always resize in your printer options or on a photocopier.
Be Ye Thankful – Hand Embroidery Pattern (PDF)
Tomorrow, I’ll attempt to regale you again with my goofy Textile Turkey while I share my Deep, Innermost Thanksgiving Sentiments with you. I might even be able to show you how today’s design was finished up, if I can hunt it down and snap a photo!
Wherever you are – warm weather or cold, sunshine or snow – I hope you have a jolly day!
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