A Holly Jolly Christmas

I seem to be getting quite a bit of cross-stitch done at the moment, I’m self isolating for an operation just before Christmas, so I’m using my time productively! I usually cross-stitch during coffee breaks and tea breaks or when I’m cooking tea, being at home all the time means there’s a lot more coffee breaks!

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve stitched another cross-stitch for Christmas, as we’re nearly there I thought I should make it up straight away!

This is a free pattern from The Drawn Thread, it’s called First Snow. It’s quite quick to stitch with pine stitch for the leaves and smyrna crosses for the snow flakes, these are a basically a cross-stitch with a + over the top.

I didn’t take a photo when I first finished it, I started trying to work out how to mount it. I had a tree hanger which I wanted to use which I bought from Fabric Chicks on facebook last month. It was 6″ wide and the tree is only just over 2″ wide, so I needed to bunce it up a bit. I pulled out all my Christmas fabric and tried various combinations but nothing seemed to jump out at me. I remembered some white mini pom-pom trim I have, I had a rummage in my trims drawer and found it. It worked perfectly…

When I looked at my selection of Christmas fabrics I realised they were nearly all embellished with gold and next to the embroidery it just didn’t work. I was also surprised to see red worked better than green fabric, red picked out the birds whereas dark green just made the tree look drab. Having tried several combinations I remembered I had a pillarbox red bumbleberries fabric by Lewis and Irene which I bought for some blocks for quilts of Valour. I found it and tried it, it worked and with then simpler red next to it the red and gold fabrics were less overpowering. A length of red and white Christmas ribbon was just long enough to titivate the top and bottom too.

Having stitched the borders on I had to finish the back in some way. I decided to just hand stitch some red felt on the back, covering up all the raw edges. One issue I had with the red felt though was the slight tinge it gave to the cross-stitch linen through the plain fabric. To get round this I tacked a rectangle of dark green felt behind the linen which I think nicely enhances the soft green shade of the linen. I stitched it onto the hanger and the little white bow just finished it off.

I’ve already hung my mini Christmas tree in the dining room, well ‘hung’ is a slight misnomer as it’s blu-tacked to the wall, hence the fircone in the middle to hide the bluetac!

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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5 Responses to A Holly Jolly Christmas

  1. Laura says:

    The tree and the birds make a lovely winter scene! 🙂


  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Definitely the red works! It’s gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What a beautiful wall hanging and beautiful cross stitching! Those birds really stand out! Great work!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Amanda says:

    Really lovely. I must check out some of these sites you mention.

    Liked by 1 person

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