Nativity Embroidery Projects

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Nativity Embroidery Projects
Nativity scenes offer embroidery projects for a range of skill levels. (Design Pics/Valueline/Getty Images)

Christmas crafts include everything from handmade wooden ornaments and figurines to homemade stockings and garlands. Add an element of the Christmas narrative with projects that highlight the story of the Nativity, including images of Mary and Joseph travelling, the Wise Men following the Star of Bethlehem or the manger scene featuring the Christ child. Whether you use the finished projects as decorations or gifts they serve as a reminder of the origin of the holiday.

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Mary and Joseph

Mary and Joseph travelling to their native land shows the beginning of the Nativity story and can serve as the first in a series of embroidered pieces that relate the Nativity story. Create a triptych with embroidered panels showing the stages of the journey or use the embroidered pieces for decorative pillows. Make framed Christmas tree ornaments featuring appliques of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem using patterns at sites like Designs by JuJu or SewTerific. Use each stage of their travels, as well as the Wise Men and the manger scene, to create an embroidered Nativity storybook with patterns from Advanced Embroidery Designs.

Wise Men

Create a triptych of the Wise Men with the Star of Bethlehem over the centre of the piece and each Wise Man in his own panel. Use as a background for a nativity scene or style a Christmas tree with ornaments highlighting the Wise Men and other elements of the Nativity. "Appliscape" patterns and tutorials can be found through Secrets of Embroidery. Create a stained-glass styled triptych of angels watching over Mary, Joseph and Jesus, the travelling Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem.

Manger Scenes

The manger scene is one of the most important images in Christian faiths and can be a beautiful embroidery project that becomes a prominent part of your holiday decor. It can also be a touching gift for devout Christians and can become an heirloom piece. Create a tapestry to use as a background for a standalone, three-dimensional Nativity set or make a triptych two-dimensional Nativity set for small spaces such as dorms or barracks. Use each character from the manger scene to create a different ornament and decorate a Christmas tree with the Nativity story, or use the characters to create an Advent calendar with embroidered appliques like those at Secrets of Embroidery.

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