How about getting rid of all the glamour and glitter and returning to the simple joys of Christmas? When each child only received one but - oh so treasured - toy, when Christmas trees were simply lit with candles, and when the family would gather around the chimney place in front of a warm fire.
Designer Faby Reilly captures those simple joys of Christmas in these two lovely projects with the same centre piece featuring a Victorian Christmas scene.
The first pattern is an ornament that stands or can be hung.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Christmas Joy on a green background
Susan R. kindly sent us a picture of her latest project, a beautiful version of Barbara Ana'sChrismas Joy on green linen.
In the original piece stitched by Barbara Ana on Vintage Country Mocha from Zweigart, the white motifs blend softly in the background and the red motifs stand out by contrast.
In Susan's piece, the motif is stitched on green linen which emphasizes the white motifs in the background and the design turns out overall quite different. Below are the two versions side by side for you to compare. Aren't they both lovely? Congratulations Susan for stitching such a beautiful piece!
A beautiful cross stitch project for Christmas, the Three Kings design by Perrette Samouiloff shows Balthazar, Caspar, Melchior carrying their precious gifts, on their way to pay respect to Jesus, the newborn King.
The warm colors and the rich depiction of the 3 magi work beautifully in cross stitch and the stitched piece is something you will proudly display each Christmas, year after year.
New tutorial: A precious finish for your stitched ornaments
Christmas is round the corner and you're probably giving some thought to your Christmas ornaments.
When it comes to stitching, especially those small pieces, attention to detail is essential. Here's a new tutorial that can give you some ideas on how to add some beautiful finishing touches to your stitching using pretty beads and ribbons.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana designs
My true love sent to me... and more for Christmas by Lesley Teare
The 12 days of Christmas, have inspired many a designer. We must say however that we are particularly impressed Lesley Teare's interpretation in cross stitch of this old Christmas carol. The design seems to capture all the poetry of the song's mysterious first verse.
How better to get into the true Christmas spirit than to stitch your very own nativity scene. Faby Reilly's depiction of holy Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is incredibly peaceful and tender, the perfect medium for a message of Hope, Joy and Peace.
The motif comes in two versions, one an ornament than can be hung or placed on a mantelpiece, and the full version that is designed to be framed.
New! This cute lantern ornament by Tam's Creations has four sides with a clever "trompe-l'oeil" effect showing the candle as if it was inside the lantern. The design is stitched in two colors, an overdyed and a metallic. You can easily substitute the background colors and use your own choice of threads so you could even make several sets of lanterns!
Gingerbread lane is bustling with activity, with friends meeting up and having a go at ice-skating. This is a thrilling Christmas pattern with tons of fun detail to cross stitch. The pink and turquoise palette is gorgeous set against the gingerbread and icing.
New! By popular demand, each of the houses on Gingerbread lane from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery are now sold individually. You can now cross stitch a single house, or combine two of them, or even add a house each Christmas!
The charts are will combine smoothly together, as long as you stitch them in the same order as the original row of houses of Christmas on Gingerbread lane.
There's a welcome smell emerging from the kitchen that has inspired many a designer.
Faby Reilly and Barbara Ana's smaller motifs will make delightful ornaments and gift tags. You can turn Iveta Havlinova's Christmas baking into a striking Christmas apron while Sylvie Teytaud's amazing piece will look fabulous all year round on the kitchen wall.