Holly Humbug

I think this will be my last finish before Christmas, a Holly Humbug for our tree…

Last year I stitched a Mistletoe humbug and it’s my favourite Christmas decoration this year, so much so that when I got a discount code at the end of the Lizzie Stitching Wallet stitch-a-long I bought the patterns for about another six humbugs!Mistletoe Humbug, gorgeous cross-stitch  Christmas decoration.

As you may have guessed it’s another design by Faby Reilly, so it’s beautifully designed, very pretty and delicate.

I stitched the design over about three evenings. I used a left over piece of evenweave linen I found in my stash. I didn’t realise until I’d been stitching a little while that it is 36 count linen, my eyes really struggle nowadays with 18 stitches to the inch!! Having been stitching 14 to the inch with the Signed Tealed & Delivered cross-stitch I found it a lot harder with the finer linen, you wouldn’t think four stitches extra would make that much difference….Holly Humbug gorgeous cross-stitch decoration

I’ve also decided I really don’t like stitching in gold thread, or rather, I really don’t like stitching with DMC gold thread! It snagged, knotted, tangled…I love the effect, I just find it hard work to stitch with. I think next time (I’ve another four humbugs to make!!) I’ll look into the Anchor Lame thread instead as I used the silver on my flower lattice and that was fine to sew with.Holly Humbug gorgeous cross-stitch decoration

Having said all that, it looks gorgeous, I love the twisting ribbon loops and the delicate row of holly leaves. I stitched the design and the outer back-stitch edge and gave it a good press before stitching the beads on as berries.Holly Humbug gorgeous cross-stitch decoration

Faby has a really good tutorial on her website on how to make up the humbugs, they are stitched together by whip-stitching the back-stitch outline. The thread at the top is left so it can be used to make the hanging cord. I was planning to use red beads but I spotted these gold ones and I had quite a lot of them so I decided to make a gold cord instead.Holly Humbug gorgeous cross-stitch decoration

It’s already hanging proudly on our Christmas tree, I think the other humbugs will have to wait until next 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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24 Responses to Holly Humbug

  1. That is so pretty!! I love the name too, humbugs.

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  2. katechiconi says:

    Aargh, gold thread on such fine linen, no wonder it was annoying! But the result is spectacular 🙂

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  3. Deb says:

    So pretty! That thread is a bother to work with but lovely!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    It is wonderful! How did they come up with the name humbug?

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  5. Kate says:

    That’s so pretty! I love homemade ornaments for my tree.

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  6. nikkibnb says:

    That looks lovely! 🙂

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  7. tialys says:

    Beautiful! I just popped over to the Faby Reilly site and it’s just as well I don’t do cross stitch otherwise I’d have spent a fortune.

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  8. Debbie says:

    It looks lovely. I keep looking at these humbugs, I just need to decide which one I am going to. I love Faby’s design, thank you for introducing me to her work. I really enjoyed doing the sewing along 😄

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  9. Wendy says:

    that is beautiful! i did see a comparison of various metal threads on a blog, there were some that were said to be really easy to use (it definitely wasn’t DMC!) but I can’t remember whose blog! Maybe it was Mary Corbert?

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  10. Lovely, you are such a talented stitcher!


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