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Firefly Tree embroidery pattern



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One summer night, shortly before my daughter was born, I went outside to check the mail. As I turned around to waddle back inside I caught sight of the tree above me - simply filled with fireflies. There were so many of them that the entire tree glowed.

I've never seen anything like it before or since. I'd almost think it was a dream, but my husband confirms that it was real. I called him outside and we stood there in the heat and humidity and watched the tree glow - me leaning on him to take the pressure off my back, and both of us talking in whispers the entire time, as if talking in regular voices would break the spell.

My daughter is nine now, and still believes wholeheartedly in fairies. I've told her the story and she says there must have been fairies there for sure. I stitched this up for her, using glow-in-the-dark thread to make the whole tree glow. You can, of course, stitch it up in regular thread - but the glow in the dark stuff is magical. 🥰

It would also be lovely to stitch up a series of the same tree in different colors for the four seasons.

This is exclusively available as a PDF pattern, delivered instantly and ready to print onto letter-size paper. No shipping costs and no waiting! If you're not sure what a PDF pattern is, you'll find more info here.

Pattern Details

You Get. . .

  • a full-sized pattern for tracing
  • a reversed pattern for use with iron-on transfer tools)
  • a complete color and stitch guide
  • links to videos teaching all the stitches I used in the sample


The image is shown in a 10-inch hoop, but you can, of course, resize it if you want to.


Easy! You've never embroidered a single stitch before? No worries. The pattern only uses the most basic stitches, and it has links to free video tutorials to teach you how to do them. I teach these stitches to kids as young as six - I promise anyone can learn them. :-) 


This pattern is not available for commercial resale. That means you may not copy and sell or digitally distribute the pattern or any variation of the pattern

For example, you may not print the pattern and sell those copies.


You may, however, sell anything you make with Shiny Happy World patterns as long as you are the one making it.

For example, if you're using this pattern to make art which you sell at a craft fair or in an online shop, that's great!

Talk to Me

If you're hiring out any part of the process, please get in touch and we'll work out a fair licensing agreement.

For example, if you want to have kits printed on fabric, or print the design on greeting cards, those two scenarios would require a licensing agreement. Get in touch! I'm easy to talk to. :-)

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