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Luck o' the Irish

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Fresh and festive new designs are just in time to prepare for St. Patrick's Day decorating. Enjoy a variety of motifs that celebrate the natural beauty, culture, and traditions of Ireland!

Get in the St. Patty's spirit with lovely lace -- a Battenburg lace shamrock and Celtic knot. From the openness of lace we move to the realistic beauty of a wildflower bouquet (in a leprechaun's hat!), and a Celtic Art Nouveau panel, perfect for pillows, wall hangings, and framed embroidery.

Irish wildflowers bloom in designs just right for bringing a bright spring touch to home decor. Sham-rockin' animals will delight kids of all ages, as they dance with shamrocks and sport top hats and bow ties.

Light and airy Greenwork designs distill the best of Irish symbols, and are a dream to stitch. Add to table linens, and combine with an in-the-hoop shamrock silverware holder to set a festive holiday table. And a Celtic knotwork alphabet makes an elegant monogramming option for St. Patty's Day and beyond.

Scroll down the page to see all these new designs!


Stitch a lucky shamrock apron! Bright and charming, this apron is filled with the luck o' the Irish. Click here for project instructions!


Battenburg Lace Shamrock

Soft but sturdy Battenburg lace is the perfect embellishment for any home decor. A lovely lace shamrock with heart-shaped petals makes a light and delicate decoration for tables and countertops.

Be sure to see Kenny's project instructions for sewing Battenburg lace; it's easy and the results are so beautiful!
 
A delicate freestanding lace St. Patrick's day Irish lucky shamrock on Battenburg lace.
Available in three sizes:
6.77"X5.80" and 5.65"X4.84" and 3.85"X3.28"

Battenburg Lace Celtic Knot

Celtic knotwork and Battenburg lace are a wonderful combination! The curving knotwork and the airy lace complement one another in a very pleasing symmetrical design.

See the instructions at the bottom of the Battenburg lace project to make a beautiful Celtic knotwork doily!
 
A fsl Battenburg lace Celtic knotwork design.
Available in three sizes:
4.68"X8.00" and 4.00"X6.84" and 2.24"X3.83"

Leprechaun Hat Bouquet

Brilliant Irish wildflowers bloom from a leprechaun's hat. This gorgeously detailed design makes a delightful centerpiece for pillows, wall hangings, quilts, and more!
 
Irish wildflowers bloom from a leprechaun's hat in a lovely Saint Patrick's day design.
Available in three sizes:
6.42"X7.80" and 5.84"X7.10" and 4.84"X5.87"

Celtic Beauty

A woman walks though a field of Irish wildflowers in a beautiful Art Nouveau Celtic panel design. Her long flowing hair and swirling skirt reflect the knotwork in the Art Nouveau frame around her. This Celtic beauty is wonderful for pillows, quilts, and framed embroidery!
 
A Celtic woman walks through Irish wildflowers in a lovely Art Nouveau panel.
Available in three sizes:
6.89"X11.79" and 5.51"X9.42" and 4.02"X6.87"


Irish Wildflowers

The flowers below are all wildflowers that can be found in Ireland. Many of these species also grow in various parts of the United States. Ireland has a mild climate with a lot of rainfall and relatively little frost, so many kinds of wildflowers can grow there. Let these bright beauties bloom on tote bags, towels, wall hangings, and more!

The Common Knapweed is anything but common-looking, with many small bright purple flowers over a brown bristly flower head. Despite its white color, the flower on the right is known as Blackthorn. It grows on a tree and has many medicinal uses, including treating skin conditions.
     
Common knapweed (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.   Blackthorn (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.78"X5.88" and 4.78"X4.88" and 3.49"X3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
6.77"X5.86" and 5.60"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.36"


The white Mountain Avens is an arctic-alpine flowering plant that grows throughout mountainous areas, including the entire Arctic. The Bloody Cranesbill on the right is a member of the Geranium family, and its leaves turn red in autumn, giving it its dramatic name.
     
Mountain Avens (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.   Bloody cranesbill (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.94"X5.86" and 4.91"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.85"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.08" and 4.85"X5.04" and 3.72"X3.85"


The delicate purple flower is a Sea Aster. "Aster" comes from the Greek work for "star," referring to the shape of the flower head. Many species of asters are popular as garden plants because of their attractive flowers, and because they can grow in all hardiness zones. The flowers on the right have the charming name of Fox-and-Cubs. They are native to alpine regions of central and southern Europe.
     
Sea aster (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.   Fox-and-cubs (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.86"X6.68" and 4.86"X5.53" and 3.40"X3.86"
  Available in three sizes:
5.85"X6.99" and 4.85"X5.78" and 3.25"X3.88"

Free project instructions for creating a fabric basket.
Let your embroidery bloom with beautiful Irish wildflowers. Stash household goods or sewing supplies in style with a fabric basket that's as useful as it is beautiful. Embellish a basket with your favorite embroidery and fill it with goodies to create a fun gift basket.

Click here for Kenny's step-by-step instructions on how to make a fabric basket!


The delicate white flower is called Field Bindweed, and blooms from late spring to early fall in some areas. Despite its delicate appearance, this plant is very drought tolerant and thrives in poor soil. The lovely flower on the right is called Indian Balsam, or Himalayan Balsam, and is native to the Himalayas. This species can grow up to 6 1/2 feet tall!
     
Field bindweed (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.   Indian balsam (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
7.45"X5.87" and 6.16"X4.87" and 3.86"X3.08"
  Available in three sizes:
6.28"X5.86" and 5.19"X4.86" and 3.87"X3.60"


Blue-eyed grass is known as a somewhat shy plant, as its flowers blossom open in the morning, but are usually closed for the day by mid-afternoon. Capture one in bloom on a towel or on a T-shirt!
 
Blue-eyed grass (Irish wildflower) machine embroidery design.
Available in three sizes:
5.83"X7.37" and 4.85"X6.12" and 3.03"X3.80"


Irish Wildflowers Design Packs 


Stitch your own garden of Irish wildflowers with beautiful floral designs. Perfect for adding a touch of spring to pillows, wall hangings, garments, towels, table linens, and more!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 9 designs, priced at only $14.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 3 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Sham-rockin' Animals

Cute Sham-rockin' animals are delightful in their festive top hats and finery! The whole crew has the St. Patrick's Day spirit, wearing shamrock-decorated top hats and bow ties. Let these lucky animals frolic on banners, kids' clothes, towels, and more!

A lucky teddy bear holds a shamrock, and even this squirrel's acorn sports the look o' the Irish.
     
A Saint Patrick's day teddy bear with a tophat and shamrock machine embroidery design.   A Saint Patrick's day squirrel with a tophat and shamrock machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
5.04"X4.86" and 3.86"X3.72"
  Available in two sizes:
4.99"X4.81" and 3.85"X3.71"


A puppy peers out from underneath a hat that's bigger than he is, while a kitty's jacket and tie make him the height of holiday fashion. Kids of all ages will love these designs!
     
A Saint Patrick's day puppy dog with a tophat and shamrock machine embroidery design.   A Saint Patrick's day kitty cat with a shamrock machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
4.92"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.80"
  Available in two sizes:
6.78"X4.25" and 3.86"X2.42"

Free video and tips for embroidering on T-shirts.
Let these cute St. Patrick's Day critters rock out on shirts for little ones! Embroidering on T-shirt knits and similar stretchy fabrics will be a lot easier with a few tips and tricks. Take a look at our step-by-step photo and video guide to embroidering on T-shirts to help your tees look their best!

Click here for these free instructions!



This tiny mouse has found the pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow, and a fox finds his own luck with a horseshoe balanced on the tip of his nose. Very cute designs for kids' clothes and baby bibs!
     
A Saint Patrick's day mouse with a tophat and pot of gold machine embroidery design.   A Saint Patrick's day fox with a tophat and horseshoe machine embroidery design.
Available in two sizes:
4.79"X6.79" and 2.72"X3.85"
  Available in two sizes:
4.43"X6.80" and 2.51"X3.86"


Sham-rockin' Animals Design Packs 


These cute critters are sham-rockin' to an Irish beat in designs sure to please on home decor and garments. Kids will especially adore these furry festive animals who love St. Patrick's Day almost as much as they do!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 6 designs, priced at only $9.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 2 sizes:

**Lg - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Luck o' the Irish (Greenwork)

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with minty fresh quick-stitching Greenwork designs just right for stitching onto tea towels, flour sack towels, T-shirts, table linens, and more!

A shamrock and a leprechaun hat are about as Irish as you can get! Spruce up your home decor and attire with these fun and energetic designs.
     
A quick stitching greenwork shamrock.   Stars and shamrocks swirl around a leprechaun's tophat in a greenwork design.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X6.93" and 6.58"X5.85" and 5.46"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.42"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.07" and 6.45"X5.85" and 5.27"X4.78" and 3.85"X3.49"


The color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue, but over time the connection between the color green and Saint Patrick's Day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. Show your Irish spirit with the bodhran (Irish drum) and claddagh designs below!
     
A greenwork Celtic Bodhran or Irish drum.   A greenwork Irish claddagh machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.31" and 6.23"X5.85" and 5.15"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.64"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.55" and 6.04"X5.85" and 4.99"X4.85" and 3.85"X3.73"

Free project instructions for embroidering on tea towels and flour sack towels.
Add some St. Patty's Day flair to your kitchen decor by stitching these Greenwork designs on kitchen towels. Flour sack towels and tea towels are staples at craft fairs everywhere and have graced kitchens for centuries. They make a delightfully simple way to give the perfect embroidery designs to friends and family!

Read Kenny's tips and tricks for stabilizing, needle choice, design choice, and more in his handy Fabrics 101 article for embroidering on tea towels and flour sack towels.


Follow the rainbow to find the pot o' gold, and don't forget your lucky horseshoe! Quick-stitching one color designs are just right for last-minute holiday decorating.
     
A pot of gold and shamrocks in quick stitching greenwork embroidery.   A horsehoe greenwork machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.55"X7.80" and 5.85"X6.04" and 4.85"X4.99" and 3.73"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.65" and 5.96"X5.85" and 4.92"X4.83" and 3.85"X3.77"


The Irish are known for their wonderful music, which has kept many of its traditional aspects and has influenced many forms of music, such as American country music. Celebrate this grand tradition by adding a fiddle and a Celtic harp to a towel or pillow sham!
     
Irish music design with a fiddle and shamrocks in light stitching greenwork.   A greenwork Celtic harp machine embroidery design.
Available in four sizes:
7.75"X7.80" and 5.82"X5.85" and 4.79"X4.82" and 3.83"X3.85"
  Available in four sizes:
7.67"X7.80" and 5.85"X5.95" and 4.79"X4.87" and 3.78"X3.85"


On Saint Patty's Day, Irish eyes are smiling. Let this beautiful Greenwork Irish wildflower bloom on your next home decor project, and you'll be smiling, too!
 
An Irish wildflower and shamrocks in machine embroidery greenwork design.
Available in four sizes:
7.80"X7.60" and 6.00"X5.85" and 4.92"X4.79" and 3.85"X3.75"


Luck o' the Irish (Greenwork) Design Packs 


Stitch some luck o' the Irish with light and airy Greenwork designs. Create a fresh and festive look with lovely designs just right for decorating for St. Patrick's Day!
 

Order the designs individually by clicking the links above,
or get the pack with all 9 designs, priced at only $14.97!

Click on a link below to see the designs in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.


The pack is available in 4 sizes:

**XL - Designs smaller than 7.9"x7.9"

**Lg - Designs smaller than 6"x10"
**Md - Designs smaller than 5"x7"
**Sm - Designs smaller than 4"x4"


Shamrock Silverware Holder

Special dinners are as traditional as the wearing o' the green on Saint Patrick's Day. This pretty in-the-hoop shamrock silverware holder is just the thing to make your dinner table shine!

Click here for free project instructions on how to make this festive silverware holder.
 
An in-the-hoop St. Patrick's day Irish shamrock utensil or silverware holder.
Available in one size:
4.85"X6.54"


Celtic Knotwork Alphabet

Celtic knotwork curls and swirls to make a beautiful and elegant alphabet. Stitch open and graceful letters onto your next project for a pretty and personalized look!

If you're new to monogramming or working with alphabets, we invite you to read the tutorial for monogramming. This tutorial shows you how to arrange letters for monograms in both classic and contemporary ways. Click here for the monogramming with embroidery tutorial!

Letters are available for individual purchase for only $1 each, or buy the pack for only $19.97! For single letters, click on the A, B, or C below and scroll through the department, selecting the letters that you need.
 

Machine embroidery design Celtic knotwork alphabet.

Machine embroidery design Celtic knotwork letters. Machine embroidery design Celtic knotwork alphabet.


Celtic Knotwork Alphabet Packs
 

Get all the Celtic alphabet beauty with letters and numbers! Each pack is only $19.97, and five sizes are available! Click on a link below to see the size that you need.


The alphabet is available in 5 sizes:

**5 inch height
**4 inch height
**3 inch height
**2 inch height
**1 1/2 inch height


 
Come browse the Stitchers Showcase, and find lots of new ways to stitch and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with embroidery designs! From pillows to wall hangings, and curtains to clothing, other crafty folk like you have created amazing projects with festive Irish embroidery designs. There's nothing like seeing what other people stitch to create a spark of inspiration!

Six photos are shown below -- click on them to get a closer look at the projects and read more about how stitchers put them together. And, there are dozens more right here.

Get inspired, and send in photos of your work (email us: stitch@emblibrary.com). We'll admire your creativity and show off your projects to inspire others, too!

Hound of the Heart
 
Saint Patrick's Dress Lucky Tweet Towel
 
Sassy Shamrock Pillow Pint-Sized Paddy's Bib
St. Pats Star Placemat
 
 


Want to see more? Click here to see designs released in previous weeks!