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  • Writer's pictureRhona Norrie

A Year of Christmas Stitching - August

Happy August! And the first of the month means.....a new free Christmas chart :)

We have another great chart to add to your collection of free Christmas charts - it's another design that really won't take long to stitch so you can even whip up a few of these before the next chart is released!

Cross stitch snowflake design stitched with variegated threads

I had lots of fun stitching up this fact I stitched it more than once and enjoyed every minute of stitching them. I'm not usually one for stitching the same design multiple times but this design almost felt like a new design, as the second time I stitched it, I used different threads....the result was wonderful!

Cross stitched snowflake design stitched with sulky threads

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So, what threads did I use? The design is charted using regular six stranded DMC embroidery thread as I figure most people can access that brand of thread, but I just discovered a (new-to-me) thread called Sulky....and it's wonderful! Have you tried it? If you have, do let us know what you think about it. I bought a variegated collection and a self colored collection ....and plan to add more colors over the next few months (and maybe give a wee hint to Santa too!)

The sulky thread numbers are also listed on the chart if you want to try out these threads too ;)

two packages of Sulky threads

On the packaging of these threads it says that one strand of Sulky is the equivalent of two strands of regular embroidery threads - I found it to be more like one and a half strands of regular embroidery threads. It was thicker than one strand and certainly showed up well, but definitely wasn't as thick as two strands. The thread itself was wonderful to use - lovely and smooth going through the Aida and didn't tangle or twist.

close up of variegated Sulky threads

Who could resist these gorgeous colors?

close up of a line of sulky threads

The second time I stitched the design I decided to use a variegated DMC thread so that I could do a comparison with the Sulky threads, but since the colors were quite different, I'm not sure if the comparison works as well as if the exact same thread colors had been used. Either way, the designs came out lovely and they look so different just with different thread. You can buy single skeins of DMC variegated threads or colour variations packs ( I have both! :) )

So here's a close up of the design stitched using the Sulky threads...

close up of cross stitched snowflake design with sulky threads used to stitch it

....and here's the same design stitched with just DMC variegated thread....

close up of cross stitching with DMC variegated thread used

There are so many gorgeous variegated threads that you can stitch this design over and over and each time it will look different! I kept to 'cool' shades of thread colors but you can always experiment with different thread colors. Whatever threads you use, thus design will always look wonderful.

Don't forget to share your stitching on social media using #tangledthreadsandthings and #ayearofchristmasstitching......we love seeing what your working on.

Happy stitching!


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