Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Embroidery

I don't remember where the inspiration for this Christmas embroidery came from - maybe a card in a store - but I am so happy with how it turned out!  At first I thought I would put loops of ribbon in the top to make them into ornaments but I forgot to on the first one and in the end I like them better this way.  Nice to decorate something other then the tree and easier to keep the letters in order (really, how was I planning to hang letters in a row on a tree?).  After I finished "JOY" I liked it so much I made "NOEL" as well!


Would you like to make a set too?  Or maybe put it on your to do list for next year? Here are the patterns I used.  Print on 8 1/2 x 11 it will make letters just under 4 inches tall.

I'm not an embroiderer usually so I think I went about this the wrong way by cutting the letters out of felt first and then embroidering them.  I'm not going to give specific instructions, just some guidelines on what I did which you can follow or not!
  • I used white wool felt for the letters, cut two of each letter you are making
  • Embroider the leaves and berries on each letter, I just did it on one side but you could do both.
  • I used green thread for the lazy daisy/backstitched leaves, red thread for the french knot berries and white thread to whipstitch or blanketstitch the pieces together
  • Add a little stuffing to the letters as you go (much easier then trying to get in all those nooks and crannies at the end)
So you can see how I did the embroider I took a picture of the "O" up close.

Happy stitching!


    1. These are so cute! I'm sure I'll try them. Maybe sew them in January for next year? That's always my intent, anyway!

    2. These are so lovely! Thanks for sharing the pattern

      p.s. this is why you haven't had a chance to make an Alicia Paulson ornament yet - you're too busy!

    3. Love these... so cute! Hope you have a happy holiday season! ;)

    4. These are so great too! It's a good idea too for a baby's name to hang in the nursery. Another to add to my list!