Evergreens have been celebrated around the winter solstice long before the advent of Christianity. By 16th century the tradition of decorating a Tannenbaum with candles for Christmas was already established in Germany.
When young Queen Victoria & her consort Albert, where pictured in their palace around a Christmas tree with their children, the tradition became instantly popular, spreading through the British isles and around the world. This wonderful design by Riverdrift House celebrates the British royals around their first Christmas tree.
Designer Samantha Purdy has this special talent of capturing, in the most simple ways, the essential joys of life, such as gathering with friends on a dark winter night and singing carols in front of a Christmas tree.
We also love the oval loop used for framing, a brilliant idea perfectly suited for this design.
We have a new batch of delightful Lilli Violette patterns for Christmas. They have all been entirely recharted with easy to read symbol and colors, making even the denser areas a piece of cake to stitch. Speaking of which there are many delicious ones popping up in these Christmas designs as you can see as you browse down. No doubt Lilli Violette has a sweet tooth...
In this sweet Christmas pattern the focus is on the color red, used even for the holly and berry border surrounding the design. This produces a delicate harmony with just a little touch of pink, purple and white used for the central motif. A cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff.
We couldn't do justice to this pattern without showing some of its wonderful fun detail. The house is so crowded, Santa has moved to the attic. The house is buzzing like a beehive and the sleigh loaded and ready to go. Hurry Santa or you'll be late this year! A design by Tiny Modernist.
In Northern America, red cardinals, especially the male with it's striking red feathers, are among the most beloved birds. Cheryl, Tiny Modernist's designer, pays tribute to the red cardinal on a biscornu shape, showing it perched on snow covered branches decorated with Christmas ball ornaments.
In England and most of Europe, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without spotting a red robin, their bright orange chest catching our eye in the barren gardens as they get closer to our homes looking for food. Here is a wonderful round shaped design, where designer Lesley Teare blends two counted needlework techniques, cross stitch and blackwork, as well as seed beads, in a work of outstanding beauty.
Let it snow! these small motifs by Faby Reilly are worked in cross stitch on a Zweigart natural linen canvas with small printed dots looking like soft white snowflakes. The cross stitch base is further embellished with gold threads, pearl sequins, red seed beads. Irresistible isn't it?
Here is Cheryl's vision of Christmas. Cheryl is the designer of Tiny Modernist. The cross stitch piece features a thousand charming details, such as the Christmas wreath on the door, the streetlamps with their golden glow, the little bird perched on the snow-covered roof, smoke swirling from the chimney and of course, lots of little characters and animals come to help Santa.
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.