Home deco ideas:Spruce up your house with garlands
Want to give your house a Christmassy feel? No need to have set up the tree yet, use garlands!
You can fix garlands anywhere: on mantels, banisters, windows and doors. Cross stitch ornaments being very light weight, they are really easy to fix without any damage. The garland ends will hold with a thumbtack, removable adhesive (such as Blue tack) or even with tape (on glass and windows).
We suggest using tiny miniature clothes pegs (found in craft shops) for hanging each ornament on the garland. The garland itself can be made of satin, metallic or organdi ribbon (1/8 inch size works great), golden thread, fancy metallic yarn or natural twine depending on the feel you want to give.
Garlands can be hung horizontally or vertically, or even at an angle. Be creative and find the place where they look best and enhance the stitched pieces. Make sure there is a good light to show all the beautiful detail of your stitching.
Tutorial: Double Bow Embellishment
New! Check out our latest tutorial for making pretty bow-like embellishments for your Christmas ornaments
Try this! These ribbons have tiny bell-like beads that add extra interest to the bow. They are just perfect for embellishing cross stitched ornaments and they only take about a few minutes to make!
Pairing your stitched piece and accessories for fitting into a mini-frame
Finishing ideas for Christmas ornaments
Take a look at the finishing of these Perrette Samouiloff ornaments. 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.
Who can resist stitching a new ornament for Christmas?
There are dolls and elves, hearts and pyramids, seed beads, ribbons and golden threads, ... they come in many shapes and styles, with each of our designers bringing a very personal interpretation of Christmas.