You can mount the four smaller blackwork Christmas designs on this page into aperture cards to send to your family and friends during the festive season.
Alternatively, why not stitch two of each of them and make them into a set of eight coasters to give as a Christmas gift?
They would also make great christmas ornaments for the tree!
They make an ideal introduction to the blackwork technique. All you will need is a small piece of fabric, a little floss in black (plus red for the robin) along with some sparkly metallic gold thread.
You could also use gold seed bead instead of cross stitch for the pears in the partridge design.
Even if, like me, you leave things until the last minute, you'll find that these designs each stitch up in around 2 to 3 hours. Download the PDF files now and have a finished project ready by the end of the day!
So I wish you a Happy Christmas and will let you browse the designs and pick your favorites. Let's start with the largest of the designs, a sweet star.
May 25, 22 01:08 PM
The first step in our hand embroidery for beginners course, learn how to embroider names and letters, using a variety of embroidery stitches
May 25, 22 12:51 PM
I am often asked if I use cross stitch software to design. I do now and this is my story of how I started designing needlework
May 23, 22 02:47 AM
This stem stitch tutorial covers the basic stitch, raised stem and portuguese knotted stem. Videos explain how to work the stitches.
May 20, 22 06:26 AM
Simple embroidery stitches for small flowers - ideas and videos showing how to stitch them