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Christmas Embroidery Patterns


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If you’re determined to whip up some Christmas stitchery this year, you might find some of the following free embroidery patterns useful.

Though I do try to keep everything on Needle ‘n Thread easily indexed in one way or another, it’s easy to miss some of the content from previous years, so here’s a quick recap of some holiday-related (or holiday-adaptable) stitching patterns for you.

Free Embroidery Pattern: Quaker-inspired Bird in Tree

First up is this little Quaker-inspired motif for surface embroidery. Quaker motifs are usually associated with cross stitch, but this one is for surface stitches. It would make a perfect little Christmas ornament, in reds and greens and golds.

And here’s a shameful plug, if you’re intimidated by the thought of constructing ornaments:

If you plan to stitch up ornaments this year and need help with finishing, there are several different approaches to finishing ornament-sized pieces in my e-book, Lavender Honey & Other Little Things. In the book, I cover several approaches to constructing things – all of which can be easily adapted to ornaments. These approaches are simple, they come out looking great, and – best yet – they’re thoroughly explained and accompanied by step-by-step photos.

Think of that as a “brief word from our sponsors”! And now, back to the regular programming…

Blackwork Christmas Trees Embroidery Pattern

This blackwork tree design – which prints as a chart – can be used singly, in rows, and even mirrored for interesting effects. Lots of possibilities with this type of thing! Table cloth borders, single ornaments, the edge of a tree skirt…

Holly & Berries Hand Embroidery Design

Deck the halls! And you can use this Boughs of Holly embroidery design to do so.

Think Christmas kitchen towels, the inevitable tree skirt idea, small table-toppers, table runners, any kind of household linen that needs a splash of Christmas cheer!

Joy Christmas Embroidery Pattern

Speaking of Christmas cheer – cheer is good, but Joy is Better! Cheer is brief and fleeting; joy resides deep in the heart. Joy is akin to peace – if you have true joy in your heart, you generally have peace in your heart.

And that’s why I love this JOY embroidery pattern, which can be arranged in different ways to fit different embroidery projects. There are several printable PDFs for different configurations of the design on this page.

Incidentally, it’s also a great pattern to use for (non-stitched) Christmas cards – I made several last year with pen and ink, using the pattern as a guide.

So, there’s your recap of particular Christmas-related or Christmas-adaptable embroidery designs available here on Needle ‘n Thread! I hope you can find some use for them!

Next week, we’ll put aside the holiday frenzy and get back to regular stitching! Lots of fun stuff coming up in the next couple weeks, including some Stitch Fun tutorials, a review of a gorgeous book, some project progress updates, some fun give-aways, and all kinds of other little needlework tidbits. My calendar is stuffed full with delightful things for you over the next several weeks!

Have a wonderful, safe, and sane weekend!


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  1. Dear Mary

    Late today been visiting relatives as this is the season for such ventures. What lovely patterns especially the Joy design great for the season lets hope it’s a joyous time for all. I can’t wait for all your up and coming posts I hope there will be some Tambour work included as I love to know more. I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to the future posts.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  2. Thank you so much for these lovely patterns. I always look forward to reading your posts and have been so inspired by your work. I am ashamed to say that I do not comment as often as I should. This will change.
    The amount of work put into these posts is awesome.
    Again thank you and I will be letting you know how much you are appreciated.

  3. CHRISTMAS? Oh yeah, that’s right, the countdown is on isn’t it. Oh…
    G’day there Mary!
    These are very special. I particularly like the Quaker design and the blackwork trees but all are special.
    That’s beautiful what you’ve written about Joy. We were taught a rhyme about the word joy when we were kids.
    Jesus first in all you do.
    Others next, to them be true.
    Yourself last and you will find, true Peace and Joy in all you do.
    Not so sure now of the last few words but that’s the gist of it using the letters J, O, Y.
    Thanks again Mary. Cheers, Kath.

  4. The Joy pattern must be amazing stitched up. All those details are screaming for colors and metallics. But I’m fascinated by the blackwork tree. The first thing that came to my mind was a snowflake. Place 6 of those with bases together and you’d have a great flake. 🙂 I was trying to do the count and I’m estimating about 36 from top to bottom (cross stitch counting). The bases are a bit wide so a person may have to add some extra doodads in the center or use just an upper part of your tree for the other 3 spokes of the flake. Hmmm, my mind is whirling like a snow storm.

    1. Oh my gosh, what a great idea! I’m working on a tree skirt combining Hardanger and counted cross stitch. I think these “snowflakes” would look fabulous. Thanks so much!

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