Ship Ahoy! 8 Nautical-Themed Embroidery Patterns

Summer is here and what better way to take in its glory than heading to the beach? Relaxing in the sun and working on your embroidery patterns, take us there now.

No more floundering: Knot your thread and anchors aweigh, we’ve got 8 nautical embroidery patterns to get you in the summer mood!

Hand embroidered images of the sea side on towelsPhoto via Bluprint member CountryGarden

By The Sea Hand Embroidery Pattern Set

Our Bluprint members are just too good to us! Country Garden has given us not one, but four sea-themed hand embroidery patterns to keep us busy over summer. She has applied them to tea towels, making them both decorative and practical!

Get the By The Sea Hand Embroidery Pattern.


cross stitch pattern of swallow silhouette against stripesPhoto via Bluprint member Daily Cross Stitch

Swallow Stripes Cross-Stitch Pattern

Swallows held huge significance to sailors, as they symbolized a seaman’s successful voyages. This simple but elegant and contemporary cross-stitch pattern from Daily Cross Stitch is easily personalized through choice of color. Why not really embrace the nautical theme and opt for a blue Aida, with red stripes and white swallow?

Get the Swallow Stripes Cross-Stitch Pattern.


digital machine embroidery nautical patternsPhoto via Bluprint member Edies Designs

Nautical Lighthouse Machine Embroidery Pattern

Machine embroiderers’, we haven’t forgotten about you. Edies Designs bring you a whole collection of sea worthy motifs, from an anchor to compass, sea birds and a lighthouse. Now, all you have to do is decide which one you’ll stitch first!

Get the Nautical Lighthouse Machine Embroidery Pattern.


Kraken attacking ship hand embroidery patternPhoto via Bluprint member House of Whimsy

Kraken vs. Ship Hand Embroidery Pattern

Ahhh, the Kraken! A sailors worst fear. House of Whimsy captures the sea beast just as it is about to drag the entire ship Davy Jones’ locker. This is a great design that is also very flexible, be it stitched for a petite pirate, mythical beast enthusiast or squid supporter.

Get the Kraken vs. Ship Hand Embroidery Pattern.

3 blue beach huts cross stitch patternPhoto via Bluprint member VickieDesigns

Beach Summer Holiday Cross-Stitch Pattern

Beach huts are such simple pleasures. But, who said you have to leave them at the beach? Bring the beach to you with this cross-stitch pattern from VickieDesigns. Like some of the previous patterns, this design could be easily adapted to suit you — choose your favorite colors or match them with interiors to make it really personal.

Get the Beach Summer Holiday Cross-Stitch Pattern. 

Nautical anchor bunting cross-stitch
Photo via Bluprint member VickieDesigns

Nautical Anchor Bunting Cross-Stitch Pattern

VickieDesigns have done it again with this cross-stitch pattern. Anchors are the epitome of nautical taste and the bunting gives it that extra summer feel. It is the perfect time of year to get out and adventure. How else better to remind you of experiences that await than with the word “discover”?

Get the Sea Nautical Anchor Bunting Cross-Stitch Pattern. 

cross stitch pattern of 4 light houses and boatsPhoto via Bluprint member CrossStitchCards

Sail Away Lighthouses Pattern

Sail away, sail away, sail away! This lovely cross-stitch pattern from CrossStitchCards is great for any budding lighthouse keeper or sailor! Another easily adaptable pattern, elements can be chosen and mixed up — your favorite lighthouse and boat perhaps?

Get the Sail Away Lighthouses Pattern. 

digital pattern of mermaid silhouette in blackwork embroideryPhoto via Bluprint member CottonSeason

Mermaid Blackwork Pattern

Sea siren’s are making a comeback and this pattern would look sensational absolutely anywhere. The sultry colors and scaly shapes of the blackwork stitches make this a simple but very effective pattern indeed. Creator CottonSeason also offers it in contrast, so that it is either mirrored, or has the blackwork pattern within the mermaid herself. Who doesn’t love choices?

Get the Mermaid Blackwork Pattern.
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Inspired to stitch and want to create your own hand embroidery patterns? Why not join Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery our online Bluprint class with Jessica Marquez!


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