Trust Barbara Ana to come up with the most unexpected and whimsical ideas. Who hasn't waited excitedly for Christmas to arrive? Barbara's vision is that of Santa riding ... a snail. A whole town, roofs covered with snow, is enjoying the ride, as well as a couple of Santa's little helpers, sitting under a tree.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Designs
You can now collect them all and stitch them as if they were on a shelf. So cute!
Love Beads? Love cross stitch? Here's an opportunity to combine both in an extraordinary piece of work where sew-on emerald, ruby and topaz-like stones are combined into the stitching. Some are actually embedded, forming the main motif of the baubles, others are actually pendants. Color shading and the dimensional effect of the beads are a pure wonder. A Shannon Christine Design.
Light sparkles in Faby Reilly's works with metallic threads, sequins and beads capturing light and adding extra dimension. Here are two new releases, a Christmas tree busrting with fine detail and a star ornament with intricately silver snowflakes.
The little lord is wearing velvet pants and a brocade vest, the hens come with beribboned gift boxes and the lady-a-dancing is twirling in the snowy landscape. Full of fun detail to cross stitch as you hum along the traditional Christmas carol. A design by Cheryl of Tiny Modernist, now available on Creative Poppy's website.
Here are some photos of an exceptional piece by Lesley Teare. Check out the wonderful detail of the angel's face, the luminous golden wings or the fine detail of the dress and laced boots. Each tiny section of the work will bring hours of pleasure.
We've received some new photos of the Lesley Teare'sHolly Girl stitched on natural raw linen over two (instead of white fabric). She was stitched by Marie-Claude who decided to add little snow flakes in the background. Well, well done Marie-Claude and thank you for sending your picture!
I'm looking for Christmas patterns suitable to make earrings out of, roughly 19 x 10 stitches total for each one, to be earing size. Do you have any small enough motifs?
Carole replies for Creative Poppy:
The two last rows of Maria Diaz 60 Christmas mini motifs, that's 22 designs, are small enough to fit into a 14 x 14 square. A couple of them are only 10 stitches wide, that's 3/4 inch high by 1/2 inch wide (2cm x 1.5cm) on 18 ct fabric. You can then roll and mount them into a tiny cylinder shape with a ring at the top hanging from the earring hook.There's plenty of fun themes including snowmen, Christmas tree, penguins, stars, and more... Why not stitch on red Aida?
I hope you find a lot of inspiration for your earring project. Do send us a photo!
Celebrating Christmas in the quiet of the woods....
Shy creatures of the forest, reindeer are such a beautiful theme in cross stitch. Here are two Christmas patterns with reindeer, brought to you by Barbara Ana, including this unique portrait of a reindeer, with deep blue eyes and a message of Joy.
Miniature Christmas landscapes - inside a Snowball
A lovely new series by Shannon Christine: tiny little snowy landscapes inside a glass globe. They come in different shapes so you can collect them or stitch them in a single piece of fabric. We just love the red Christmas truck loading the trees. So cute!
Brought to you by Riverdrift house. What makes this nativity design unique is that, like other Riverdrift House cross stitch patterns, it was created in the manner of a sampler, with plenty of detail and many decorative motifs and borders.
Winter is not all doom and gloom. Think of the frozen icicles shining in the pale morning sun, frost motifs on the windows, red berries in the bushes attracting all kinds of birds. Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles, captures the spirit of Winter in this very pretty design.
Children singing merrily a little boy plays the violin. A delightful pattern by Perrette Samouiloff that will look great as the background of a Christmas wreath, or simply framed in an embroidery hoop.
Imagine receiving a personalized gift with this little polar bear and your own initial! These little bears by Lesley Teare are so cheerful and cuddly, they are a delight to stitch and will be cherished by the gift's recipient for their own sake.
Of course you could also stitch the whole alphabet as a banner too. Click on images to see the full alphabet.
Now complete, From Tempting Tangles, Deborah A. Dicks' "Night before Christmas" series, comprising 4 ornaments, that put together read the entire poem. We particularly love the beautiful last part with an imposing St Nicholas holding a bejewelled staff
Thre's a delicate Christmassy feel to this wreath pattern, embellished with red berries, ivy, holly and Christmas roses. Five little winter birds have come to visit, expertly rendered in cross stitch by Lesley Teare.
Indispensable in any stitcher's chart library: a chart full of joyful mini Christmas motifs, always handy whenever there is a personalized gift to make - or just for the fun of stitching cheerful and quick pieces, one for every day leading up to Christmas!
New from designer Deborah A. Dick, 2 designs inspired by the all-time favorite poem "The Night before Christmas". All Tempting Tangles designs, no matter how small, are elaborately designed with fun stitch detail such as the loop-made beard of Santa Claus, the red-bead-tipped noses of the reindeer, or the decorative borders worked with Sofia crosses and beaded diamonds.
One a year in Japan, GERA! designer Kyoko Maruoka stages her pretty embroidered creations in a small shop and invites stitchers to attend. It is an opportunity to exchange and proudly showcase one's achievements, find new ideas, seek inspiration and ask for advice. For those stitchers who live too far to attend, here is a glimpse of the GERA Christmas Shop!
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.