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Ecclesiastical Embroidery: Free Cross Designs for Good Friday


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Today is Good Friday, a solemn day in the Christian calendar commemorating the crucifixion of Christ, so I thought I’d put together a collection of ecclesiastical embroidery designs for crosses – the predominant symbol of Christianity – for those looking for something sacred to stitch.

All of them can be used for hand embroidery projects, but they can also be used for other crafts, including paper crafts for card-making.

You’ll find below a list of links to the free designs.

Crosses for Hand Embroidery

Crosses for Hand Embroidery

Cross with Crown of Thorns – small cross, fleur de lys tips, with crown of thorn across transept

Contemporary Cross – small cross, equal sides, circular setting

Celtic Cross – large cross in a Celtic knot pattern

Floral Cross Medallion – large and more complex cross with floral buds and fleur de lys tips

Cross, Crown, and Floral – cross with a crown above and a floral element wrapped around – perfect for book & bible covers

Stained Glass Contemporary Cross – small square cross, has a stained glass feel to it, with straight lines and geometrics

Cross & Lilies – more complex cross with IHS center and lilies

Cross, Wheat, and Lilies – more complex cross, adorned with wheat and lilies

Cross, Grapes, & Wheat – smaller cross with grapes and wheat, ideal for a book or bible cover

A Collection of Simple Crosses – a collection of simple crosses that can easily be traced and stitched

Sunflower Cross – a larger cross with a central sunflower and leaves

Coming Up!

On Sunday, I’ll be posting my Spring 2020 Eye-Spy game, if you’re looking for something fun to do. I put together a collection of needlework related items all jumbled up with seasonal somethings, along with a list of things to find in the picture, so it’s a fun little game. Plus, I uploaded the image to make a digital jigsaw puzzle for you. So look for that on Sunday!

Next week, I’ll be launching the Leafy Tree project e-book for those of you who have been waiting. Yay!

I’ve got a new project in the pipeline. If I make good progress this weekend, you’ll see the beginning of it next week.

Thinking of you, and hoping you’re surviving and thriving!


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  1. ‘Celtic cross’ doesn’t mean a cross with a circle at the intersection to you? (Of course, the designs vary in other ways.) Lots around here, but maybe the term isn’t common in the US?

  2. Mary, Love your blog. I learn so much from it. Looking forward to your Eye-Spy game on Sunday. I loved the game at Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

    1. Thanks, Kat! Churches in Kansas with congregations over 10 people are closed, so no church services here. We did have a live stream, though – but it isn’t quite the same. Still, it’s what we have, and we’re making the best of it!

      Just a few more little adjustments on the Leafy Tree and the e-book will be ready to launch on Tuesday. 🙂

  3. Dear Mary

    Catching up on not replying to your blogs the last couple of days as I’m trying to get my leg moving so exercising twice a day and walking in the gardens where I live. We are allowed to go out for exercise. My Niece has kindly offered to do my shopping for me which is great. Anyway thank you so much for the free patterns on various Crosses very appropriate for the time of year and a great idea for stitching designs at this Holiest of times. Thank you.

    Regards Anita Simmance

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