Christmas Smalls!

My OH laughs when he sees the newsfeed on my facebook page, it’s all quilts, sewing and embroidery! I joined a new facebook page recently called ‘All About Smalls’, it’s nothing to do with undies, just little pieces of embroidery, mainly cross-stitch. There’s some beautiful pieces shown and I particularly love the way they are finished, the attention to detail is amazing. Quite a few of the contributors obviously have quite a selection of ‘smalls’ as they have a ‘seasonal display’, I rather like this idea so I thought I’d make a few over the coming year…

With my first one I decided to make one which could double up as a Christmas card for my OH, I’m hoping he doesn’t decide to do his once a blue moon read of my blog today!

Whilst I was at the knitting and stitching show in Harrogate I kept looking for a little pattern or kit that was suitable but nothing inspired me. Last week I was in Hobbycraft and noticed a few Christmas cross-stitch kits in a display bin. I had a rummage around and found this one for £2, everything included!

It’s taken me a couple of evenings to stitch the design furtively whilst he was packing and preparing for his week away. Last night I decided to make it up. My original plan was to make it into a card and then after Christmas take it apart and make it into a little decoration. However I had a bit of a brainwave. I could make it into a flat ornament and then ‘hang’ it on the front of the card.

I decided to follow the instructions on ‘The Twisted Stitcher‘ website, she has lots of great tutorials on how to finish embroidered pieces. I decided the ‘Mounted Flat Ornament’ was what I wanted.

I chose to lace the embroidery onto backing card, I’m still not a great lover of using glue instead of lacing, particularly with embroideries. This is probably fortunate as I initially forgot to put some batting underneath the fabric to soften the finish, so I had to undo it and start again!

I did use glue for the back though so I could get as flat a finish as possible. I used a lovely green Christmas fabric left over from the fold and stitch wreath I made the other week. I fancied red initially but it somehow looked better with the green fabric. I added my hanging ribbon and then glued the front to the back, popping a book on top to make it adhere neatly.

All I needed now was a bit of trim around the edge. I rummaged in my trims drawer and in my embroidery stash box but couldn’t find anything, so I decided to make a length of cord. My original thought was to use a length of red and green from the kit, I had two 1m lengths left, I tied a knot in both ends, hooked one end over the spool holder of my sewing machine and slipped a pencil through the other end and started turning. It didn’t take long to twist it enough to make a cord. 2m of thread made about 30cm, just enough to go round…it just didn’t work though, I tried gold, I thought of adding beads. Then I hit on the idea of just using red thread, I made a second length of cord with just the red and it works. I used the basting glue that I got for applique for this as it has a very fine nozzle, it’s acid free and it stays on pretty firm.

A little bow on the top was the final touch. I’m really pleased with this and I’m quite looking forward to making a few more ‘smalls’ over the coming year.

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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17 Responses to Christmas Smalls!

  1. Jane M says:

    The title did make me smile. This is gorgeous and the red works very well.

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    This is so very lovely and a start of a super Christmas tradition.

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  3. Faby Reilly says:

    So pretty 🙂 !!!!

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  4. katechiconi says:

    Very, very pretty! I love the idea of a card with an ornament hanging from it which you can reuse.

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  5. claire93 says:

    ever so pretty – well done!

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  6. Crazyqstitcher says:

    Fantastic idea. The mistletoe card is gorgeous.

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    It seems that delicate laces and trims are impossible to find anymore. I never thought of twisting floss together….how perfect! Great Idea!!!

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  8. Catherine says:

    This is so cute! And what a great way to finish your embroidery into an ornament. I’m ‘hoping’ to finally get started on some ornaments on the weekend, I will keep this in mind!

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  9. Lovely and you are such a talented stitcher!

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  10. KerryCan says:

    This is very pretty and such a good idea to combine the card and the ornament! I like your mini-tutorial on finishing, too!

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  11. seasons55 says:

    Love the little Mistletoe piece, just a fine job of stitching.

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  12. Suzanne says:

    The finished ornament is lovely!


  13. magpiesue says:

    I love the idea of ‘smalls’! I generally have trouble with the finishing part however. Might have to have a look around Facebook for this group of which you speak… 😉


  14. Gail says:

    Nice little finish! I have several cross stitch ornaments made by friends as cards which I made into ornaments.


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