How many of you have stitchery kits for Christmas laying around? Every year, if you are like me, you find them close to the season and realize, there is no way to finish them in time for that year, so you pack them away again. This is true for the cross stitch and needlework magazines that I have stashed away with sticky notes on the projects I want to eventually do. Some are holiday themed, and again I just don’t think about them until November, too late to get them done so they just sit for another year. This year, get them out now, and lets do them together. If you pull the stitchery out, and just put in a few stitches a week, you will eventually get them done.
Remember this kit I had last year? I was determined to get it finally done. The lucky thing was running across it over the summer while I was looking for something else.
I started it in August. Some weeks I just put in a few stitches, other times during football games I did more. After a month, I had a lot done. After a couple of months they were all done.
Another afternoon to cut them out and sew to backings, stuff and finish.
Then, I added some cording around the edge to make them look even nicer.
Knowing I would want to have some inspiration this year, last Christmas I took some pictures of the little handwork ornaments I have done in the past. This little crewel sleigh was stitched years ago. It came with the tiny frame, and has been on my tree every year since it was made. It measures about 2-1/2 inches across.
I did a little wreath too. Any of your small needlework projects would do well as ornaments in tiny gold frames.
This larger Christmas Tree is a cross stitch with little French knots for the candle flames.
I framed it with a green embroidery hoop, then glued two rows of lace to the edge. The green is glued to the front of the frame and the white is glued to the back. I added a ribbon hanger, but it is a bit big for the tree. I usually hang it on a door somewhere, like the door to my mother’s antique cabinet where I store some of my tablescaping stuff.
So, now this year, I still have all these kits for ornaments and a wall hanging. I am getting them out now so I can have more done by the holidays. One thing I need to do is enlarge the charts, they are just so small and very hard to see.
I found two stitched already that I never made up into ornaments. One is the tree at the beginning of the post, and the other is this cute candy cane. Instead of finishing this one into a stuffed ornament like the kit says, I am going to make it the center of a pieced ornament.
Start by trimming the piece to a small size, I used a 3 inch square.
I just sewed strips around the edge, log cabin style, about 1/2 inch finished width. Scraps were perfect for this project. Notice I didn’t do my usual measure and cut. On this small a project, that will be stuffed, I figured I could wing it.
Square up the first border set, then add another. Position a small loop of cording or ribbon on the top edge for a hanger.
Place the top on a backing scrap and sew around the edges leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. Don’t look at my mess on the backside, OK? I never got the hang of making the back as nice as the front but no one will see it in the finished project.
Turn, iron the piece to sharpen the edges, then softly stuff it with a scrap of fiber filling.
Sew the opening closed.
Keep sewing a top stitching line around all the edges to finish it off.
It would be fine to stop at this point, and you have a nice ornament. But, I decided to quilt it a bit. I just did stitch in the ditch around the borders. I did the outer border first.
Then the inner border was stitched.
And now it is finished. Finally, I can enjoy the results of my handwork done some years ago.
This is day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas in July event! Scroll back through the last four days for lots more projects and surprises. Seven more to come!!
Do you have stitchery kits or patterns and materials set aside for the holidays?