I wanted to find something fun for this upcoming holiday. Most everyone associates St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and corned beef. I actually grew up with it as celebrating birthdays. I have two family members that were born on this day and it wasn’t until I was well into my thirties that I learned there was more to St. Patrick’s Day than birthday cake.

My wife loves having her birthday on March 17. Since we have been together I have made a tradition of getting her Belleek porcelain when I can find it. I also like to find whimsical items to show the day such as shamrock cookies or Shamrock plants. This year I thought it would be fun to cross-stitch her something for her birthday as I have yet to do that. I ran across this pattern on Pinterest St. Patrick Cross-Stitch and thought it would be great fun to make. The stitching only took me a day to make. I didn’t have a pattern to go off of, I enlarged the picture as best I could and counted the stitches and came up with a replica of the piece. I changed the colors a bit but I think it turned out pretty well for not having a pattern.

DMC 910-Emerald Green-dark used for the Shamrock and Hat
DMC 844-Beaver Grey-ultra dark used for Hat belt
DMC 444-Lemon-dark used for Hat buckle and numbers
The design is stitched on 28-count Irish linen. I wanted to make this into a little pillow but it did not come out like I wanted it to (after 3 attempts). The edges had started to fray which lead me to just pull out a few of the threads and leave it like that. I actually like it this way. I will place it in a frame and add it to the Irish collection we have in our house.