Embroidery Library
The Story of Christmas

NEW THIS WEEK - November 19th, 2008


The Story of Christmas

Free Project Instructions!

 

Jesus is the reason for the season! These new designs tell the story of Christ's birth in several beautiful styles. Whether you're stitching an ornate wall hanging or a playfully styled sweatshirt, these designs will beautifully convey the story of why we celebrate Christmas.

 

A series of Nativity scene squares interspersed with the lyrics to the classic carol "Silent Night" would make a beautiful quilt to hang on the wall, or use some of the designs individually for smaller decor. Three richly detailed angel designs will also dazzle on decorations for your home or church.

 

Stitch a message of glad tidings with several designs that creatively combine words and pictures. Three icy designs with the words Peace, Joy, and Noel encircle images with scenes from the Nativity story beautifully rendered in shades of white and light blue. A trio of snowmen share messages of celebration with signs, treats, and music.

 

Enjoy browsing through this week's design and dreaming up your own creative way to tell this age-old story!

  This elegant table runner, along with matching napkin rings and Cork-backed coasters, will dress up your home beautifully this
holiday season.

Click here for instructions!


Silent Night Nativity Squares

 

Etching-style images contrast with an ornate border in tones of gold in these squares that tell
the Christmas story in a look both beautiful and simple. Nine squares contain elegant illustrations
of the story of Christ's birth, and nine contain the words to the classic Christmas song "Silent Night."
A quilt label frame to personalize your project is included. The pack will stitch up together
into a rich quilt, or use individual designs in other projects to create an understated treasure.

 

The angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her
she will bear the son of God.

 

 

Mary and Joseph make the journey to
Bethlehem to register for the census.

 
Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"

 

The baby Jesus is laid in a manger
because there is no room in the inn.

 

 

A star appears above the place where Jesus
is born as the holy family gathers 'round.

 
Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
7.75"X7.75" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.86"X4.86"

 

A camel and a lamb lie down in a field.

 

 

Shepherds in a field learn of the baby Jesus' birth and prepare to go visit him.

 
Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.85"X5.85" and 4.86"X4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"

 

Magi see a star in the sky that signifies Jesus' birth and travel from the east to adore him.

 

 

 

The magi visit the baby Jesus, bearing precious gifts for the newborn king.

 

 
Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"

 

Gold, frankincense, and myrrh:
priceless gifts fit for a king.

 

 

 

Austrian priest Josef Mohr wrote the original German lyrics to "Silent Night" as a poem in 1816.

 

 
Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.76" and 5.86"X5.86" and 4.86"X4.86"
  Available in three sizes:
7.82"X7.81" and 5.86"X5.87" and 4.86"X4.87"

 

On Christmas Eve in 1818, Austrian schoolteacher Franz Xaver Gruber composed
a melody and guitar accompaniment for the
song to be performed that night.

 
   

Mohr sang tenor and Gruber sang bass in the
first performance of "Stille Nacht," in the Church
of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf, Austria.

 

 
Available in three sizes:
7.78"X7.80" and 5.87"X5.87" and 4.85"X4.85"
  Available in three sizes:
7.78"X7.80" and 5.87"X5.87" and 4.85"X4.85"

 

Legend has it the song was written for guitar because the church organ was no longer working.

 

   

The "Silent Night" melody was changed slightly
to the one we know today in a performance
by Austrian folk singers around 1832.

 

 
Available in three sizes:
7.78"X7.80" and 5.87"X5.87" and 4.85"X4.85"
  Available in three sizes:
7.81"X7.82" and 5.86"X5.87" and 4.86"X4.87"

 

Austria's Silent Night Association promotes
the use of Gruber's original melody and researches the song's history.

 

   

In Austria, "Silent Night" is considered
a national treasure and may not be played
publicly before Christmas Eve.

 

 
Available in three sizes:
7.78"X7.80" and 5.87"X5.87" and 4.85"X4.85"
  Available in three sizes:
7.78"X7.80" and 5.87"X5.87" and 4.85"X4.85"

 

The song has been recorded by more
than 300 artists, from Bing Crosby
to Mannheim Steamroller.

 

   

Today a small white memorial chapel stands
on the original site of the Church of St. Nicholas, where "Silent Night" was first performed.

 

 
Available in three sizes:
7.76"X7.77" and 5.88"X5.89" and 4.86"X4.87"
  Available in three sizes:
7.81"X7.81" and 5.83"X5.84" and 4.86"X4.87"

After you stitch out a beautiful "Silent Night" Nativity project, mark your handiwork with this beautiful quilt label. The border and stars echo the look of the blocks, leaving room for your personal information.

 

Available in two sizes:
8.66"X5.86" and 6.82"X4.60"


A Christmas Story Squares Value Pack

Get all eighteen square designs, plus the quilt label, at a discount and stitch them
into a beautifully unique family keepsake.

The Christmas Story Squares design pack contains 19 designs, priced at only $29.97!
Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the pack to your basket.
 

All designs smaller than 7.9 x 7.9 All designs smaller than 6 x 10 All designs smaller than 5 x 7

 

Heavenly Messengers

 

Heaven's most beautiful angel watches over the newborn baby Jesus in this richly textured
design. Suitable for framing or otherwise featuring prominently on Christmas decorations,
this angel is a shining reminder of the reason for the season.

 

Available in three sizes:
7.82"X10.66" and 5.85"X7.96" and 4.87"X6.66"

 

An angel guides three wise men to pay their respects to the newborn baby Jesus.
They travel from the east to bring earthly treasures for the heavenly king. Subtle coloring
makes this design a small earthly treasure for your own gathering place.

 

Available in three sizes:
7.81"X12.14" and 5.83"X9.07" and 4.44"X6.85"

 

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
A glowing angel appears with a heavenly host to announce Jesus' birth to shepherds in nearby
fields. This dynamic design is beautiful as a featured element on a pillow or other Christmas decor.

 

Available in three sizes:
9.18"X7.81" and 6.85"X5.85" and 5.69"X4.84"

 

Glad Tidings

 

An icy color scheme of light blues and white shines in this message of peace. Three magi journey
from the east toward Bethlehem, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the baby Jesus.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.40"X4.46" and 6.85"X3.30"

 

The word "Joy" in graceful script encircles a scene of the holy family. A bright star shines
over Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, beautifully rendered in snowy colors.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.30"X5.86" and 6.85"X4.31"

 

A shimmering, textured angel silhouette fills the center of a classic "Noel" Christmas greeting.
Blue and white give this design gorgeous icy shades.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.40"X5.24" and 6.84"X3.83"

 

Roly-Poly Snowmen

 

A trio of roly-poly snowmen echo the greeting of the heavenly host to shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem. Candy-cane-striped signs and matching scarves and hats make these snowmen too
cute to resist.

 

Available in two sizes:
8.07"X5.85" and 6.70"X4.85"

Three cheery snowmen celebrate the good news of Jesus' birth.
A shining star in the sky is a beacon of their message to the world.

 

Available in two sizes:
9.43"X5.84" and 6.85"X4.27"

The snowy trio shares warm treats with you and your Christmas guests.
Stitch this one on a gift for those who show you holiday hospitality.

 

Available in two sizes:
8.71"X5.88" and 6.85"X4.65"

 

A frosty snowman shares warm wishes
for a peaceful holiday season.

 

  A Christmas greeting and a cup of hot cocoa make this snowman a sweet gift embellishment.
 
Available in two sizes:
3.45"X3.85" and 2.49"X2.75"
  Available in two sizes:
2.90"X3.86" and 2.06"X2.76"

 

This snowman is ready to share the good news of Christ's birth with the world,
with a sign in one hand and a trumpet in the other.

 

Available in two sizes:
3.83"X3.73" and 2.76"X2.69"


A Christmas Roly-Poly Snowmen Value Pack

Get all these designs at a discount and share these snowy-yet-warm greetings with everyone on your Christmas list. Each pack contains both sizes of the individual snowmen.

The Christmas Roly-Poly Snowmen design pack contains 9 designs, priced at only $9.97!
Click on an image or link below to see the designs included in the pack, and add the
pack to your shopping basket.
 

 
All designs smaller than 6 x 10   All designs smaller than 5 x 7


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