My workspace over the past year or so has been filled with scribbled letters, sketched alphabets and pencilled stitch ideas. These slowly but surely morphed into embroidered hand lettering and typography, monograms and alphabets, which in turn became patterns for my online shops.
So it didn’t surprise me when I was drawn to an idea from a few years back that involved festive words filled with cheer for this year’s Christmas patterns.
There are two patterns: Noel and Ho Ho Ho.
Noel is slightly more traditional with its red, green, silver-grey and white embroidery. But I’ve used fresh, crisp shades of these Christmassy colours to keep the look contemporary. The stitches making up the details inside each letter are interesting, if slightly more involved, but the design doesn’t take all that long to embroider, with just four filled letters.
Ho Ho Ho was designed with beginner embroiderers in mind, but it’s also a good pattern for those looking for a quick project to finish in a day. There are fewer stitches, although enough of a variety to keep the embroidery interesting to do. And I’ve gone with less conventional thread colours for a different spin on Christmas.
Noel would look good framed on a mantelpiece alongside carved wooden reindeer or pinecones and I can picture Ho Ho Ho embroidered on a Christmas stocking. The patterns are available on Etsy and Craftsy.