Stitching for Christmas

I love Christmas and in particular I love creating special things both for presents and for decorating our home. About four years ago I fell for a little Christmas cross-stitch at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show in held each year in November. I knew I didn’t have time to finish it in time for Christmas so I planned to stitch it the following autumn…when I couldn’t find it! I always found the kit in January when I really wasn’t in the mood to do Christmas stitching. Last January I got myself organised, I started a ‘to-do box’ and put my cross-stitch kit in it!

Father Christmas in cross-stitch

Father Christmas in cross-stitch

I started stitching the bell pull at the beginning of September and I’ve just finished it, I think its rather quaint, I like the fact that the bell pull hanger was included too. The kit was made by Rico Design, the chart was simple to follow and plenty of threads were included. My only gripe would be that the bottom actual bell pull isn’t hemmed straight. I’m tempted to mount the cross-stitch on some Christmas fabric, maybe with a point at the bottom and a bell, I think it would hang a little better with a bit of weight at the bottom.

Christmas bell pull

I’ve now started stitching a Father Christmas, I bought a pattern at the Harrogate show last year and the heavy-weight red felt for his body. He is designed by Button Angel of Clitheroe in Lancashire and called the Christmas Wish Santa.

Coat front for Father Christmas

The front of his coat is appliqued and embroidered. I used bondaweb to attach the fabric initially, the pattern pieces were thoughtfully provided in reverse so they could be easily traced onto the bondaweb. I then hand embroidered round the shapes in either blanket or chain stitch. I used ribbon round the presents and stitched a hand tied bow on the top.

Detail on coat

The main variation I did from the instructions was with the stars. The pattern used appliqued stars, however I had a card of star buttons which I had bought nearly 30 years ago in Covent Garden market which I had never quite found a use for, they are going on the front of Father Christmas’s coat. Star buttonsMy next step is to make up the Father Christmas…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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