Faby Reilly has a special talent for transforming a small piece of fabric into the most exquisite of jewels, shining with a thousand reflections. Each side of this cube is embellished with a pattern inspired by ice and snow crystals, mixing silver threads, seed beads and sequins on a cross stitch base. A wonderful hand-stitched ornament to display in your home for the festive season.
Bell pulls are a handy way of displaying cross stitch. Have you ever thought of making your own? For this new Christmas design by Perrette Samouiloff we simply used a thin round stick, beads with matching holes, and a bit of red cord. Bell pulls are practical too as they will always find a way into your home, they will even fit in between two doors.
Folk Art inspiration for the first, vintage blown glass balls for the second, here are two fun charts to cross stitch with Christmas decorations. Hang them hang on the tree, or to admire as a whole, whichever you fancy.
Tapestry Barn's designer is always full of useful tips and clever ideas: the latter design includes two specific colors that can be replaced with Gold and Silver metallics if you want to add more glitz to your stitching.
Also by Lesley Teare, we've recently listed some more Christmas nativity patterns, including this brand new and quite unique church window design. How about stitching your very own nativity scene this year?
This vintage postcard, which was originally designed and cross stitched by Monique Bonnin with a French text, is now available in an English version: "Best wishes". The retro holly motif is further embellished with red sequin berries.
Faby Reilly takes us to exotic lands for this festive season, with tiny blue-feathered birds nesting among flowering birds of paradise. As always with Faby Reilly, beauty is in the exquisite detail of her intricate needlework designs combining cross stitch and many interesting embellishments of beads and threads. Hours of pleasurable stitching await!
New fun and creative Christmas patterns by Chouett'alors
A fluffy Santa hat stitched with white mohair wool, tiny cross stitch ornaments hanging on a laundry line with mini clothes pegs, Chouett'alors' designer is full of creative ideas - and well though out stitching details - guaranteeing lots of fun for your Christmas stitching as well as splendid end results.
Start the countdown to Christmas by cross stitching these charming scandinavian mini motifs inspired by the local handicrafts. We love the palette deliberately reduced to (almost) 3 colors which contributes to the pattern's appeal and contemporary touch characteristic of Tapestry Barn designs.
We love the honeyed tones of the cross stitch against the aqua background of this latest new design by Barbara Ana, full of poetic fantasy as always. Santa is perched on a giant bird and is about to take off.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Deep in the forest
Cute little motifs with a contemporary touch including a log cabin, trees and woodland animals. This little sampler comes in pretty Christmassy colors. Made in no time, it is a real treat to cross stitch. A design by Tiny Modernist.
Here is a new joyful series of small patterns designed by Shannon Christine. They each feature a different motif and a pretty white greeting on the snowy background, and are embellished with a cheerful red checkered ribbon.
The pattern featured right makes a lovely Christmas banner, while the smaller ones below will make delightful Miniatures, Greeting cards or Tree ornaments.
If you're looking for an easy-to stitch Christmas sampler, do check out Riverdrift House designs. Worked in cross stitch only, with blocks of solid colors, they are fast to stitch yet so merry and colorful! We love the royal Christmas at Sandringham with the brightly lit castle and black Norfolk turkeys roaming in the park.
Celebrate! Gracewood's design for the month of December
In her cute "calendar series", here is the designer's pattern for the last month of the year, cross stiched in joyful red in celebration of the festive season.
Here at Creative Poppy we think the motif is not only of timeless beauty, but lends itself to a multitude of projects (from napkins to table cloth) and a variety of colors ways (think wedding present when stitched in white on raw linen). Click on the image for ideas!
We love Tapestry Barn's young and cheerful style, as well as their fun creative ideas. Patterns are also easy to stitch and full of useful tips. Here are two projects that will bring a joyful Christmas touch into your home.
Also by Tapestry Barn, here is an outstanding Christmas nativity scene, with wonderful detail and colors, sure to become a staple of the festive season in your home. It is designed as a wall hanging scroll, extra handy for rolling up and protecting until the next Christmas season.
Ever seen such a pile of dazzlingly wrapped gifts?
If you like intricate cross stitch detail, you'll just love this Christmas design, lavishly embellished with seed beads and golden metallics. We have also provided extra zoom-in charts so you won't miss a single detail. A pattern by Shannon Christine, a designer with superb talent for intricate and detailed needlework.
Note: Creative Poppy supports sustainable gift wrapping and creative use of recycled or reusable materials. You don't have to miss all the glitter and fun though: instead of throw-away paper and ornaments, why not make your own reusable Christmas bags that can serve again year after year?