Cross-stitching patterns | Christmas 2014

Friday, 24 October 2014

I finished two patterns for my first Christmas ornaments and I have now cut the burlap to size - which looks a bit tidier. I have not chosen the backing fabric yet nor how I will hang them, but at least I have an idea of size (especially if I start going for another pattern). 

Both patterns were cross-stitched on burlap fabric (I have a big piece of fabric in my stash, but you can try Ebay) - I think the red thread is my favourite. I used 3 strands of thread in each case - but the red looks fuller somehow. Or I may be biased towards that pattern - it is definitely my favourite out of the two. 

I am not a cross-stitched expert and I have not got any software to transcribe the design onto an electronic pattern sheet, but I reckon you should be able to work it out from the pictures (and do a hand-written pattern as I tend to do). However, if you know any free pattern making software - let me know, and I will be happy to transcribe everything! 

I am really happy with my progress - at this stage I am not sure whether to add another pattern and another thread to my ornaments - or just keep it at two colours, two patterns... I went through my Embroidery Pinterest Board again and I saw so many patterns from last year that I like that I may just have to add another pattern


  1. Both look great! I love rustic-looking, handmade Christmas decor. I can't wait to see what comes next!

  2. One thing I love about cross stitch is that you can make half stitches. Sometimes I wish I could do that for knitting. I did a lot of coloring and recoloring on printed knitting graph paper when designing this twin stranding beanie design.

  3. I love the shabby-chic/eco-friendly look of these! What are they going to become?.. A hanging ornament or..?