St. Patrick’s Day Embroidery Designs (and Legends)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a touch of green. These embroidery designs go beyond just decoration. They can also express your wishes for eternal friendship and love. Stitch them up for unique party favors or gifts to those for whom you feel lucky to know!

Of all the Celtic nations, Ireland is probably the most representative of St. Patrick’s Day. Obviously, when we think of Ireland, we think of shamrocks, Celtic knots, and vibrant shades of green. What is the meaning behind the myth?


Shamrock is derived from the Irish word for clover. It gained notoriety when St. Patrick, a 5th century Irish missionary, used the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity.

These designs stitch up quickly with few color changes, making it easy to add them to towels, shirts, totes, or table linens.

Alternately, a four-leaf clover has always been considered an Irish symbol of good luck. Legend has it that the leaves of a four-leaf clover represent faith, hope, and love, with God adding another leaf for luck. This clover would be quite lovely on a flameless candle.

What could possibly be luckier than candy! Make four-leaf clover bowls for holding candy, cookies or other treats.

Freestanding lace stitches up quickly with no finish work. These designs would be pretty hanging in a window. They could be stitched on mylar or organza for some added sparkle.

Light stitching is perfect for kitchen towels or table linens. Be sure to make the back pretty too.

Celtic Knots

Celtic knots have extraordinary symbolic meanings. With no start or finish, the continuous knot is said to represent eternity as it refers to loyalty, faith, love or friendship. 

Bright greens really pop on a black background. This design would be stunning on a shirt.

This beautiful angel is adorned with Celtic knots. Stitched on organza, she is quite beautiful flat but also can be combined with a back to create a standing cone base.

The collection would not be complete without an Irish proverb. This one was made into a wall hanging but you could also just pop it in a frame.

What is your favorite thing to stitch for St. Patrick’s Day?

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4 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day Embroidery Designs (and Legends)”

  1. After purchasing the Celtic Angel, I stitched out the 5×7 design. I was shocked it was not FSL! I usually stitch out designs like this on Tulle just incase the FSL doesn’t hold together. Now I will stitch it out again on Tulle. I gave her a fleshtone face and shoulders and russet hair. I also gave her gold trim on her wings and halo. I also dis the same on the trim of the bottom of her skirt. I made the celtic knots green and the stars gold too. It WAS beautiful.
    Perhaps I should have read the instructions more carefully?

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