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Christmas Stitching: Free Hand Embroidery Designs!


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Since we’ve kicked off A Stitcher’s Christmas, and since it’s not quite December yet (so there’s still time!), I figure today is a good day for a round-up of free Christmas embroidery designs here on Needle ‘n Thread, for those who want to do a little holiday stitching!

I always underestimate the time it will take to complete an embroidery project, but in fact, most of these projects I’m going to list here can be completed in a good bout of weekend binge-stitching. Some of them might take a little longer, but all of them are doable well before Christmas arrives!

Free Patterns for Christmas Stitching

Free Christmas Stitching Projects

A Christmas Palm Tree – for those of you in southerly climes!
Boughs of Holly – a holly corner suitable for tablecloths, flour sack towels, cloth napkins, and so forth
Holly & Joy – A Christmas message with embroidered letters
A Tiny Tree with a Bird – just add a pear, and it can pass for a partridge in a pear tree! It’s a spin off of a Quaker motif.
Stitched from Stash Christmas Ornament – a step-by-step series, including finishing instructions.
Leaping Deer & Christmas Tree – a counted cross stitch pattern in a traditional folky style
A Simple Snowflake – Cross stitch snowflake, folk style
Snowflake Corner – Cross stitch folk-style snowflakes in a corner design
Large Snowflake – Cross stitch or other counted work, this one would look great with beads!
Delicate Snowflake – for surface embroidery, with several variations
Bold Snowflake – a less delicate snowflake for surface embroidery
Blackwork Trees – three blackwork trees, great for a counted border
A Christmas Tree for Tambour Embroidery – great for tambour work, but can be stitched with any line stitch.

Coming Up!

I’ve been dabbling with the Boughs of Holly corner design in the list above. I’ll be stitching up a new version of it, starting this afternoon if all goes as planned. I’ll keep you abreast of that and share the pattern alternative, in case anyone else wants to stitch it, too!

The e-book for A Thousand Flowers is still available here, if you’re wanting to join in on stitching any of those! I started stitching a new version (the deer) yesterday, with plans for a really fun finishing technique. I’ll share that with you as I get closer to being finished!

Twelve Trees for Christmas is also still available, if you’re looking for Christmas stitching ideas with full instructions and patterns.

Don’t forget that A Stitcher’s Christmas started on Monday, with this gorgeous book give-away. If you haven’t joined in, do it now! The give-away ends Friday morning, when the next giveaway is posted. On Friday, you can look forward to a glorious crewel kit!

Hope your week’s going along splendidly! See you on Friday!


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  1. Dear Mary

    The Christmas embroidery designs are really nice and would make lovely Christmas ornaments. I’m thinking of purchasing A Thousand Flowers but will the Dear with the fun finishing technique be available to purchase are you creating a new batch of A Thousand Flowers, if you are then I could wait for your next ebook. Thanks for sharing with us the free Christmas patterns.

    Regards Anita Simmance

    1. Hi, Anita – I’m working on the deer now, and I haven’t really decided how I will release it. I definitely won’t be putting together the same information that’s in the other e-book, into a new e-book, if you get my drift! It’ll either be available as a supplemental chart for the original A Thousand Flowers e-book, or I may do something entirely different with it. Not sure yet – we’ll see how the current project comes out!

    2. Dear Mary

      Thanks for your reply I will look forward to whatever you decide to do with the current project on A Thousand Flowers.

      Regards Anita Simmance

  2. Merry Christmas, as always thank you for sharing all your lovely designs… I grabbed the 12 Christmas trees and want to finally start them… can you provide a link to recommended linens etc for these to be sewn on… I see book links above but no material links… thanks!!

    1. Hi, Evelyn – There’s a resource page at the end of the 12 Trees e-book, with all the information on the linens, etc. I used on the samples and where to get them. 🙂

    2. Thank you, I did see that but wanted the links to give you credit if you had an affiliate (unsure if that is the right term) rather then just go there….

  3. Mary, thank you for the great Christmas present. It is a real treat to receive. My mind is going with ideas of how to use them. I make homemade ornaments to include for “special” friends each year in with my cards. I try to cut the list each year, but everyone just loves them. This year I made 46 ornaments. That said I have to start in January each year which means you are just in time. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

  4. I love to embroidery and have been doing so years. Now I am eighty years old and handicapped, but thank God I can still use my hands. Anything you can send me will be greatly appreciated. I just don’t do cross stitch unless it is printed. Let me know the cost please. Thank you, Jan

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