• Rhona Norrie

'A Year of Christmas Stitching' free chart

Hello stitchy friends!


We have our third free chart for this year's 'A Year of Christmas Stitching' series. This series is such fun to work on...plus we have our Christmas stitching well under way already! It feels good to be organized - don't you agree?


So with our further ado, here's this month's design....


Text of Free cross stitch chart and picture of cross stitched ornament

This simple, quick-to stitch design gives you a stunning ornament finish! Of course, you don't have to make an ornament, you can make anything you want with it!


Its a classic lettering design that you can stitch using the colors suggested or use any threads you have in your stash - this design will look good in any colour combination you choose. And to make changing the colours easy, we have used only three colours for the cross stitching and one for back stitching.


Cross stitch ornament with large bow

TIP: If you are changing the colours it's always best to note the new colors on your chart so you don't forget what threads you have used!


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Stitching in progress, one white aida the other on black aida

As you can see here, it looks good on different colours of fabric too!


We also experimented with different types of metallic thread. Of course, if you have your own favorite brand of metallic thread, use that!


For this blue and red Noel we used Kreinik metallic in Antique gold which was lovely and sparkly. Kreinik have lots of beautiful metallic colours to choose from.


Cross stitched 'Noel' with sparkly metallic thread

And on the black fabric we use Anchor metallic which gave a lovely smooth look to the back stitching. Anchor also have a variety of colours to choose from.


Cross stitched letters on black aida

DMC metallic threads are often the easiest to get hold of, and you can also get some packs of metallic threads like this one which would give lots of choice! You can always experiment using this budget friendly variety pack of metallic threads to see the different look each colour will give.


And if you don't have metallic threads or don't like to use them, that's fine too! You could always use a plain yellow thread, or black would look good too.


So I guess the next question you're thinking of is 'how did you finish this?' Again, we like to give you multi use designs :) We made a hanging ornament, a card and a book mark (we tend to make lots of bookmarks - can you tell we are avid readers? !!) But as we said before, you can make anything you want to with this design....and do share your pictures on social media (#Ayearofchristmasstitching and #tangledthreadsandthings) we love to see your stitching!


Check back later for a post on all the things we made (and how to make them!) using this design.


Happy stitching!


-Rhona





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AYOXS March 2022
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