It is never too early to start Christmas crafting, but it can be too late if you keep putting it off.
Using a pattern from Cutsey Crafts I stitched a Christmas piece of embroidery. This is in a 4 inch hoop and used 2 strands of embroidery thread.
After downloading and printing the pattern I used the light box to transfer it to the material.
Slow and steady stitching, first the french knot berries and then the shades of green on the stem (stem stitch) and leaves (satin stitch). This is a good site that explains some of the embroidery stitches.
The leaves were stitched using the open chain stitch and satin stitch inside. I’m not worried that the marking pen shows through in some places as once it is finished it will be removed from the hoop and pressed with the iron which will removed all traces of the pen.
The center letters were stitched with backstitch. Pinking shears trimmed off any extra material, and a circle of white felt was cut to fit the inner part of the hoop. Using E6000 and a toothpick glue was dabbed onto the hoop and the material pressed down.
Once completed a glue gun was used to fasten the white felt to the hoop. Only do a small section at a time as the glue dries quickly.
Once dry I fastened a loop of ribbon to the top so it could be hung from the tree. I tried it outside on the spruce tree to see what it looked like.
This was an enjoyable project to stitch. I’m thinking another one could be stitched and made into a card. You are only limited by your own imagination.
I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.
~embroidery thread projects~
- camera straps
- crochet bookmarks
- embroidered pillow cases
- Flossie Bird
- key fobs
- little felt birds
- quilted hearts
Feeling inspired? See lots more ideas on my Christmas page.