Rainbow Embroidery Projects

Who can resist a rainbow? Put anything in color order, even your embroidery stitches, and instantly you've got something beautiful and eye-catching.

Use these colorful stitching projects to inspire your own embroidery. Some include patterns or instructions, while others will simply have you reaching for every hue, shade, and tint of embroidery floss you own!​

  • 01 of 10

    Embroidered Rainbow Pincushion

    Washi tape pincushion

    Clover and Violet

    Rainbows are everywhere, and so are little strips of washi tape! This adorable pincushion combines those two things and creates a sampler of sorts too! The pattern and project instructions are available from Clover & Violet. You can also purchase everything you need as a kit!

  • 02 of 10

    Rainbow Stitched Sampler

    Dropcloth sampler

    Kitty Wilkin

    For those who are looking to learn some new stitches or practice old ones, a sampler is always perfect. And this one from Dropcloth comes as a pre-stamped piece ready to stitch. Kitty of Night Quilter embroidered the version you see here and is making a mini color wheel quilt with the finished stitching. She also shares a beautiful color palette of Aurifil floss.

  • 03 of 10

    Sashiko in Rainbow Stitches

    Rainbow sashiko

    Rebecca Greco

    Traditional sashiko is blue and white, but that doesn't mean you can't put these Japanese stitches in color order. Rebecca from Hugs are Fun shows how she used a classic sashiko pattern and put a modern spin on it...simply by using color! I especially like how the design creates a blended rainbow look, even though all of the threads are solid colors.

  • 04 of 10

    Cross Stitch Rainbow Blocks

    Rainbow cross stitch blocks

    Tonya of The Crafty Mummy

    If you are looking to do a bit of cross stitch, Tonya at The Crafty Mummy has a collection of free rainbow block charts for you. I love the classic rainbow colors she used and how they look like a little quilt when they are put together. Be sure to scroll down through the post to find all nine of the charts, and don't miss her rainbow-stitched doily too!

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  • 05 of 10

    Blackwork Color Wheel

    Rainbow blackwork

    Stéphanie Turcotte

    Who says blackwork has to be black? Stéphanie Turcotte of My Rainbow Crochet created a color wheel that goes from deeper shades of color at the center to lighter tints at the edges, with each section featuring a different blackwork design. Notice how the design flows seamlessly between the colors!

  • 06 of 10

    Rainbow Wrapped Hoop

    Rainbow threaded embroidery hoop

    Marie LeBaron

    This project isn't exactly embroidery, but it does use two favorite embroidery supplies: floss and a hoop! Visit Marie at Make and Takes to learn how to wrap up this rainbow hoop of awesome. It's a great way to make something with your kids too. And for more fun ideas from Marie, you can find her sharing family crafts here at About.com.

  • 07 of 10

    Children's Art in Rainbow Embroidery

    Colorful child's artwork

    Crystal Johnsen

    Have you ever wanted to preserve your child's artwork? Crystal from Little Bit Funky used her son's drawing as a pattern for this embroidery, then stitched it in rainbow colors. I'm sure it would have been adorable in a single color, but using a full spectrum really brings the charming drawing to life.

  • 08 of 10

    Raining Rainbows Embroidery Pattern

    Raining rainbows pattern

    Wendi Gratz

    This happy cloud is bringing rain...and rainbows! It's a simple pattern that only requires running stitch, but I'm quite sure that stitching those lines of rain will be very relaxing. Wendi from Shiny Happy World has this and many more colorful patterns and ideas for you. 

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  • 09 of 10

    Modern Text Rainbow Stitching

    Modern text cross stitch

    Rachael Gander

    The combination of a rainbow geometric background, text and fun sayings in these cross-stitch charts really caught my eye. They are fresh and bright, perfect for modern stitchers. Head to Imagine Gnats to learn more (and see the gorgeous selection of Cosmo embroidery floss she chose). 

  • 10 of 10

    Color Wheel of French Knots

    French knot color wheel

    Rebecca Greco

    Also from Rebecca at Hugs are Fun, check out this color wheel made entirely of French knots. Whether you love or hate this stitch, you have to admit that it's stunning when densely stitched to fill an area. While you're there, take a look around or search for "rainbow" and you're sure to find plenty more color-order inspiration!