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.