Traditional Historic Thanksgiving Needlepoint Projects

Get 6 Free Historic Thanksgiving Needlepoint Patterns

Get ready to boldly exercise your creativity and have a stitching good time with these 6 Thanksgiving needlepoint patterns. You can learn a bit of holiday history while working on one or all of the fun projects.

Make the First Thanksgiving come to life with needlepoint items made from a fort, sailing ship, and other traditional holiday scenes. The projects are recommended for all stitching levels, and can be worked on any size mesh or color of mono needlepoint canvas; however, it is recommended...MORE that you use #13-mesh in cream or tan colored canvas to produce a vintage or historical look.

When the stitching is complete, the pieces may need to be blocked if you plan to make them into stand-up figures or ornaments, and especially if not mounted on stretcher bars. Once this is done, the projects can be finished into their final form.

  • 01 of 05

    A Needlepoint Replica of the Mayflower Sailing Ship

    Mayflower Needlepoint Chart for Thanksgiving
    Mayflower Needlepoint Chart for Thanksgiving. Althea DeBrule

    For an easy way to introduce the history of Thanksgiving to your kids, work this simple needlepoint adaptation of the Mayflower, which was the ship that brought the first pilgrims to America.

    Wonderful dimension can be achieved by using surface embroidery and creative embellishment when all stitching has been completed. For example, you can make the ship look true-to-life by cutting pieces of white cotton fabric in the shape of the sails and sewing them on top of the stitched versions.

    This is a...MORE perfect project for trying out odd threads and novelty fibers. Shades of brown and black in textured threads can be used to stitch the deck planking and wooden masts, while bits and pieces of shiny blue rayon, matte cotton or natural silk that you may already have in your needlepoint stash can bring the ocean to life!

  • 02 of 05
    Historical Thanksgiving Scene Needlepoint Pattern
    Historical Thanksgiving Scene Needlepoint Pattern. Althea DeBrule

    Needlepoint a Thanksgiving memory with this beautiful scenic design that depicts the Mayflower sailing to Plymouth Rock while a Native American spots the ship for the first time. Not only would this be a wonderful project to keep yourself; it would also make a most welcomed Thanksgiving gift for a special friend.

    The three main design motifs in this needlepoint project will inspire you to learn more about the history of Thanksgiving as you spend several hours of stitching enjoyment. Use different...MORE textures of threads in your stash and variations of several simple stitch techniques in new ways as you work the easy needlepoint project.

    Experiment with darning patterns that resemble falling snow for the background fill to create a charming wintry scene.

    Use a frame or attach the canvas to stretcher bars for this project. This will keep the needlepoint square, straight and clean as you work multiple stitches with threads that may stretch or that are not colorfast.

  • 03 of 05

    Thanksgiving Stockade Needlepoint Design

    First Thanksgiving Fort Needlepoint Design
    First Thanksgiving Fort Needlepoint Design. Althea DeBrule

    This small needlepoint project works up quickly once you have made an outline of the fort. Its simple appeal makes it great for any type and size of canvas. All you need to do is print a copy of the color chart and trace it on your preferred mesh size of needlepoint canvas.

    You can give your needlepoint stockade a genuine wooden look by filling in the rest of the design with brown overdyed stranded cotton. After making the wooden planks, use one strand of dark brown or black thread to work a...MORE simple backstitch to separate them.

    Tension plays an important part in making this project a success. The thread should lay flat and even across the canvas for a smooth appearance. To accomplish this, use short thread lengths of 12 to 14 inches. Longer lengths will get extra wear as they continually pass through the canvas.

    For best results in creating a random “wood” pattern, separate the strands of embroidery floss before threading the needle. Use a laying tool to help smooth the strands so that they lay side-by- side when the stitch is placed on the canvas.

    As you work, if you see the thread beginning to pill or lose its sheen, stop stitching and re-thread with fresh strands.

  • 04 of 05

    Pa and Ma Pilgrim Needlepoint Design

    Thanksgiving Pilgrims Needlepoint Chart
    Thanksgiving Pilgrims Needlepoint Chart. Althea DeBrule

    Enjoy stitching every bit of this whimsical needlepoint picture of two pilgrims surrounded by autumn bounty and holding traditional Thanksgiving vegetables. Just looking at the expression on the little faces will inspire and give you the energy to stitch several copies for gifts or to keep.

    The easy-to-stitch project is very appealing to beginners as well as to more advanced needlepointers. Great for reducing your thread stash, the entire project can be easily done in one evening and quickly...MORE crafted into a lovely piece of practical needlework to use the very next day.

    Since the project is uncomplicated, it can be stitched on plastic canvas as well as waste canvas that has been attached to seasonal table linens with just one simple needlepoint stitch technique—the tent stitch. There’s no need to use fancy threads as basic cotton embroidery floss or Persian Wool will do just fine.

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  • 05 of 05

    Native American Needlepoint Designs for Thanksgiving

    Native American Portrait Needlepoint Pattern
    Native American Portrait Needlepoint Pattern. Althea DeBrule

    Use these two needlepoint designs to work a silhouette of a group of Native Americans rowing to the First Thanksgiving feast or one young man dressed in traditional tribal attire. You can be really creative and work the projects with bits and strands from your thread stash in a variety of color schemes.

    The silhouette needlepoint design is an exciting one to try new stitches as well as work with the easy old favorites. For example, try working a few decorative stitches like Cashmere or Mosaic; and...MORE for the single Native American pattern, choose more traditional diagonal stitch techniques.

    Turn the finished needlepoint into box top covers and inserts, throw pillows or ornaments for an autumn or Thanksgiving tree. They also make lovely decorations for your home that can be displayed all year long.

    These may be projects that you will want to give to a great finisher who can suggest even more creative ways to put the final touches to your hard work.