A Pair of Christmas Smalls

I’ve just finished the third of the Christmas cross-stitch designs from Faby Reilly’s Christie stitch-a-long. These were the first two…

Christie SAL Faby Reilly
Faby Reilly Christie SAL

This time the design was a gorgeous Christmas tree. Faby’s designs are using soft muted colours (the star above is in the proper colours) I’m pretty traditional at Christmas with lots of green and red, together with just a little sparkle. I used a variegated green floss and a lighter one for the leaves. I love it, it makes such a difference when all the red and gold beads are stitched on. The rice stitch in ivory and gold is a lovely finishing touch.

Christie SAL by Faby Reilly. Stitched by thecraftycreek

To finish it I decided to make it more long and thin, I liked the way the first one had worked out so I used the same fabric for this one. I cut it to include the green stripe so it made an extra border. The gold cord is one I made when I first got my cordmaker. It looks great but so far it’s just been too much sparkle to go around these decorations. I decided a single length across the red would look OK. I embroidered three sequin stars to echo the ones on the design, added a red check back and made a red and green cord to go around it and make a hanger.

Christie SAL by Faby Reilly. Stitched by thecraftycreek

I love it and I’ve already decided where it will go, hanging off the key on our old bureau. The final design from Faby is a gorgeous Christmas heart, perfect for a card for my OH.

Last year I made a little cross-stitch decoration for my two children, James had just got a pug called Eddie so I found a pug Christmas cross-stitch…

A Christmas dachshund and a cute pug in cross-stitch

Well I spotted another one! It’s only tiny, so it didn’t take long to stitch up at all – the actual design is only about 1.5 x 2″. It’s a design by Mouseloft which I bought on ebay. He doesn’t look too impressed with his Santa hat 🙂

Santa's Pug by Mouseloft; stitched by the crafty creek

Finishing it was pretty quick too. I used my red check fabric to add borders to make it a reasonable size, stitched on a backing and then trimmed round with some mini red pompom fabric. All that was needed then was a length of cord to make a hanging loop.

Santa's Pug by Mouseloft; stitched by the crafty creek

I’ll take it round as a surprise once I know their tree is up!

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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11 Responses to A Pair of Christmas Smalls

  1. Serinde says:

    Such nice finishes (always the part I have trouble with…).

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  2. tialys says:

    Bless! It is de rigueur in our house for a dog to wear a santa hat at Christmas – even if only for 20 seconds – and, yes, they are usually wearing that sort of expression. 🤣

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    These are all so nice. You made the last pug perfect with the border.

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  4. wybrow1966 says:

    The Christmas tree is gorgeous and I love the little sausage dog!

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  5. zeba raihan says:

    They are all very pretty.. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I love the added sparkle from the beads! All three of your finished pillows are a treasure:) Merry Christmas ❤️🌲

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  7. I love your smalls 🙂

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  8. Catherine says:

    Aren’t these just beautiful. Very classic, I love them!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. JJ Crafts says:

    These are all really cute and the finishes you’ve done are all really gorgeous and look great.

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  10. Kathi says:

    Love the tree and that last pug,my ggs loves pugs as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. rosejasm says:

    Loving the idea to just pop round with a decoration x

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