Festive Tree + modern mini hoop ornaments

Imagine your entire Christmas tree decked with hand embroidered ornaments… I have five to get you started.


There’s this picture I have in my head of a Christmas tree filled entirely with decorations stitched by hand. They could be felt ornaments, temari balls, crocheted decorations or some amigurumi reindeer.

Last year, I experimented with Snowflake hoop decorations and some felt and metallic thread stars. This year, I’ve made modern mini hoop ornaments embellished with embroidery, metallic thread and glass beads – along with the actual tree, well an embroidered one anyway.

I’ve not used beads for a while, so it was fun to get back into the headspace of embroidering with them. If you’ve never added beads to your embroidery before, give it a try; they bring a whole new element to your work, adding texture and sparkle. And I’ve put together a post that shows you how to embroider with beads, with lots of links to other bead embroidery resources.

Festive Tree features bold ornaments and some unusual stitches, which I’ve adapted to create five mini hoop ornaments. The tree design is embroidered in six-stranded thread only, with the ornaments featuring metallic thread and beadwork to add a bit of sparkle. You could, of course, switch the instructions around and add beads to your tree or keep your mini hoop ornaments elegantly simple with just thread.

The ornament designs fit Dandelyne’s 5.5cm/2.2” mini hoops and the PDF pattern for Festive Tree is available for instant download from Etsy and Craftsy.