I wanted something cute and quick I could whip up for St. Patrick's Day. I finally decided I wanted a little cross stitch shamrock I could wear on my shirt or sweater. I couldn't find the exact pattern I had in mind, so I made my own. And I thought you might like to make a cross stitch shamrock, too, so I'm sharing the pattern with you!
I made this one very beginner friendly. Like I said, I wanted to be able to make it quickly, and I also wanted to give someone who didn't know how to cross stitch a fun place to start (I'm including "how to" links at the bottom of this post). This pattern is perfect for you if:
- you've never cross stitched
- you're a beginner cross stitcher
- you're an experienced cross stitcher, but want something fast
- you'd like to teach someone to cross stitch
I stitched this on 14 count aida cloth using 2 strands of embroidery thread. You can make just the shamrock, or you can add the little border to it. I worked it on a 6" square piece of white aida cloth.
I haven't decided exactly what I want to do with it yet. My initial idea was to fasten a pin to the back and make a little brooch, but there are lots of other things you could do. Add it to a 7" or 8" ribbon for a bookmark; put it in a little frame; place it in a mason jar lid and fill with St. Patrick Day goodies. I think I'm going to have to stitch a few more to do all the things I want to do.
Get the pattern at the link just below- you will probably want to have your printer set at a good quality print level so the grid lines will show up.
How To Links:Quickstart with Cross Stitch from DMC Thread
How to Cross Stitch: wikiHow
How to Cross Stitch: A guide from About.com
P.S. I hope you enjoy this little pattern. If you have pattern-generating software you've used and would like to recommend, I'd love to hear from you. I'm having trouble finding software that I can use to create a pattern, and then share the pattern here on the blog. :)