Beautifully detailed, with soft curves enhancing every tiny stitch, these new ornaments by Faby Reilly sparkle in a contrast of icy blues and silver highlights. They are part of the exquisite Frosty collection.
Let designer Maria Diaz take you way back in time, with these nostalgic scenes of Christmas. The joy of Christmas is very much in the times leading up to it - cross stitching these cheerful pieces, with all their wonderful detail, is sure to bring you many hours of happiness.
How about giving your tree an elegant baroque style this year? For a sophisticated decor, stitch to a set of limited colors, say red and gold, for a luxurious opera house feel. Pick matte gold, for a vintage touch. This cute ornament with winged cherubs will be the perfect final touch. A design by Perrette Samouiloff.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Small is beautiful
Even if you hardly have time to stitch, of if you have a huge piece underway, you'll find time to stitch these lovely little Christmas motifs designed by Perrette Samouiloff. The color range is absolutely gorgeous. See our tips further down for some cute finishing ideas.
Take a look at how the Perrette Samouiloff ornaments further up. Here are some finishing ideas worth looking at. Maybe they will trigger some more creative ideas. Do contact us if you have any you'd like to share too!
Jingle bells, jingle all the way
Idea: Stitch a row of tiny jingle bells, so they hang at the base of the ornament and add a merry touch.
Tip: Make sure all the bells are stitched at an equal distance. You can sew them loosely first with a basting thread, then slide them into the exact position and secure them and remove the basting thread. Make sure the stitch is not too taut or they will hang at an awkward angle.
Idea: To make a change from satin and organza ribbons, how about a pleated ribbon, with preformed folds, accordion style, which gives it a lovely texture.
Tip: For a refined finish, instead of tying a knot, a loop of ribbon is slipped through a golden bead (using a tiny wire, folded in two). The loop is then made into two bows with a tiny stitch.
Idea: For a highly decorative finish in minimum time, how about using a pre-beaded trimming ribbon?
Tip: The beads are already sewn on the side of the ribbon. The ribbon part only serves for holding them in place. Mount the ornament as you would a small cushion, slipping the ribbon part inside so only the beads show.
There are plenty more ideas and tutorials for your Christmas ornaments.
Looking at this jewel-like ornament, you might actually wonder if it's actually cross stitch. Well yes, it is mostly counted cross stitch and backstitch that have been complemented with seed beads and sequins and embellished with a little crystal sew-on in the center. The combination of white, silver and light reflecting textures creates this extraordinary jewel-like effect while the biscornu shape with its hollow center and curved sides captures the light in a wonderful way.
Sophisticated needlework brought to you by expert designer Faby Reilly.
Adorable teddy-boys and teddy-girls to cross stitch for the festive season. Decorate your house, send them as greeting cards, make tiny decorative cushions, there are so many ways these mini charts will come handy for your Xmas stitching.
Don't neglect the last part of your stitching: the finishing!
We have added a new article on Creative Poppy's website where we discuss ideas for pairing mini motifs and embellishments. Searching through your stash for the perfect accessories that will compliment your stitching is so much fun!
How about stitching a couple of new ornaments in the manner of paper cut-outs. You can get stitching right away with these cute new cross stitch patterns designed by Shannon Christine Wasilieff. Like all other patterns on Creative Poppy's website, these motifs and available for instant download. Search through your stash to find some fun color combinations or stitch to classic back on white, red or green fabric.
Welcome visitors into your house with a cute Christmas banner, scandinavian style. Stitch in your favourite color of red (overdyeds look great too) and pick a fun background fabric. A new design by Agnès Delage-Calvet.
Encased in their own hoops and ready to display, here are four exquisitely detailed cross stitch projects which have been embellished with beads, sequins, specialty stitches and even some miniature ribbons which you learn to make yourself. They come with very detailed tutorials by Faby Reilly.
A jolly expression on his face, Santa is walking in a hurried stride. Will he make it in time? An exquisitely detailed combination of cross stitch and beadwork brought to you by Shannon Christine Designs.
This new advent calendar by Agnès Delage-Calvet is large enough to accommodate sweets or tiny gifts on each day of the month. Gifts can become bigger as you get closer to Christmas. Sew mini rings onto the stitched piece right under each date and use strings or miniature clothes pegs to attach each treat.
Did you know there are needlework fabrics available with a printed white polka dot on a raw linen color background? They come in both Aida and in 32 ct linen (available from Zweigart, Maison Sajou and other sources). Here's a stitched model of the Victorian lady that was stitched on Zweigart polka dot Aida. It was stitched by Sylvie B. who sent us the photo. Naturally she omitted stiching the original snowflakes in the background (check the original piece here). We find it's a great idea and wanted to share it will all. Thank you Sylvie!
We've just received from Shannon Christine Wasilieff some lovely pictures of the Victorian Lady, with amazing beading details. We just love the way the flowing satin is embellished with golden highlights as well as the attention to detail such as the lamposts decorated with Christmas garlands.
She is stitched on 32 count Crystal Sprite by Picture This Plus Fabrics, which is an opalescent soft purple.
He comes of course under many names,St. Nicholas originally, then Santa Claus, now simply Santa. We love the vintage feel of these 4 motifs that were designed for cards but can be stitched on many other Christmas projects too! A design by Lesley Teare.
Here's a pretty embellishment idea you can add to many Christmas cross stitching projects. Seen here are the 3 Kings designed by Perrette Samouiloff. The star is a combination of a metal embossed charm and Metallic pearl applied using a couching technique. There is a chart to help precisely position the Metallic Pearl threads.