Christmas Snowflake

Last month I needed to make something for the Christmas Decoration Swap organised by Deborah of Sweet Fallen Angels, it had to be a surprise so hence no spoilers on here! It took me a while to think what to do, it needed to be fairly quick to sew, like two or three evenings, which ruled out cross-stitch, but I wanted it to look good. I turned to Pinterest for a bit of inspiration and finally decided to embroider a snowflake, well a snowflake with artistic license as mine has eight points to it instead of six!

I looked through my scrap box and found some lovely dark blue Liberty lawn left over from a dress I made in the summer. It was perfect for a midnight blue sky colour. It’s fairly fine cotton so I laid some calico behind to give it a bit of strength. I wanted to mark the eight points on the fabric to try and keep it neat and even. I thought about pencil but I decided to use my hera marker, I’ve only used it for making bias binding before. I was amazed how sharp and visible a line it made.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is dsc_0002-1.jpg

I embroidered a ‘baseline’ snowflake pattern in a variegated DMC thread in very light greys and blues using back stitch and fly stitch. I decided to add a bit of sparkle – Christmas decs always need a bit of sparkle! I used an Anchor Lame silver thread, it’s the only metallic thread I’ve found that I actually enjoy stitching with! I stitched a clear sequin in the centre and used the silver thread to make a star shape around it. 

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I then started embellishing it with beads and sequins and adding further silver stitches to echo the original fly stitches…

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… The bit I found difficult was knowing when to stop! I started to add further fly stitches in silver but I decided it detracted from the design.

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I embroidered the snowflake in the little 4″ hoop because that’s how I wanted to present it, I seem to have acquired half a dozen of this size hoop. I’m never quite sure how to finish a hoop embroidery at the back so I sort of made it up as I went a long! I place a circle of fleece and a circle of card in the back, trimmed the calico as short as I could and the Liberty lawn to about half an inch. I then dabbled with glue to stick it to the inside rim of the hoop. A final circle of felt neatened it all off. I made a length of cord to hang it with and my decoration was ready.

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I’m really pleased with my snowflake, I’m almost tempted to make one for myself as well!

Embroidered Snowflake by thecraftycreek

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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20 Responses to Christmas Snowflake

  1. Oh my goodness that is so lovely!

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  2. Debbie says:

    Lovely 😍

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  3. Laura says:

    Anyone would want to receive such a sparkly Christmas gift as this! Great job!

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  4. prue batten says:

    It’s lovely. And being a ‘blue’ enthusiast, it’s just right! 🙂 I’ve had to make a star for our embroidery group’s Christmas dinner and I found it a challenge to be honest – trying to be different and having grand ideas in my head which just didn’t come to fruition. Ah well…

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  5. tialys says:

    It’s lovely – I definitely think you should make one for yourself too.

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  6. Gretchen says:

    The snowflake is really cute! Your embellishments really make it pop. Have a great week!

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  7. CathieJ says:

    Wow, how wonderfully creative you are. That snowflake is gorgeous!

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  8. wybrow1966 says:

    It is beautiful and I was very pleased to receive such a thoughtful gift. Your glasswork decoration is now hanging from our kitchen window as I felt the colours would be lost on the Christmas tree. Thank you so much for joining in. xxx

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  9. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous snowflake! I think the recipient will be thrilled.

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  10. very pretty. I like the sequins – bling but not overloaded with it.

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  11. This is adorable… really lovely!

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  12. That is so pretty! My local quilt group has a Christmas swap coming up – something like that would be well- loved!

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  13. nanacathy2 says:

    You must make one too, so pretty, ad I am tempted too.

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  14. magpiesue says:

    Oh, well done! You tempt me to make one like it. I’ve always fretted about finishing the back of a hoop when it doubles as a frame. Your solution seems to have worked very well. 🙂

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  15. Christina says:

    It’s gorgeous!

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  16. anudge says:

    Such a lovely piece! Off to see your other posts.

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  17. Gail says:

    Beautiful! Love the sparkle, just like a real snowflake!

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  18. kathyreeves says:

    Oh, I love that Margaret!

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  19. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, this little snowflake is beautiful, I’m sure the lady that received was really pleased. xx

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  20. Catherine says:

    So very pretty! It’s always lovely to see projects with not a lot of stitches come together so well. I’m sure your gift was well received!


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