Peppermint Twist Chevron Ornament

Life got away from me a little bit while I was designing and test stitching the ornament bundle for this year. I won’t drag you into the details and events, but the bad news is I didn’t finish designing the set in time for the holidays this year. The good news is I have a head start on some designs and I pulled one to share as a freebie holiday gift for you this year.

Peppermint Twist Free Cross Stitch Ornament Pattern

Download the free cross stitch pattern here as a PDF
or add it to your account at Craftsy, whichever you prefer.

download nowPattern size is 63 x 63 stitches. [Read more…]

Quilt Inspired Cross Stitch Ornament Pattern Set

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Quilt Inspired Cross Stitch Ornament Pattern Set (4 patterns)

This pattern set includes 4 quilt-inspired patterns that are suitable for stitchers of all levels. Each ornament is approximately 3.5 to 4 inches in size.

There are quilt and heart elements in each of the patterns, so they can be used as a set or individually. You can of course change the colors to match your own holiday decor. Please remember that the floss legends are only color suggestions. I strongly encourage you to choose your own colors for each ornament.

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Stitching the Family: Ornaments and other Smalls

If stitching a sampler for a family event is just too much work for you, consider stitching something smaller.  Perhaps something ornament-sized.  You may not be able to stitch as many details on it, however, they can be just as effective.  They also take much less time.

Substituting Ornaments for Samplers

When you don’t feel like making a whole sampler for an upcoming wedding, birth or other event (or you simply don’t have the time), an ornament can be just as effective.  I have seen many people hang them on the wall year round instead of just having them on the Christmas tree.  As space is limited, you may have to plan on using two pieces of stitching fabric (one for front and one for the back) so you can have the design on one side and the details on the other.

Not sure what to stitch? Here are some ideas:

Weddings/Anniversaries

  • Whitework or hardanger
  • Two people looking romantic (I’ve seen some with snowmen in love)
  • Hearts
  • Churches
  • Houses

Births

  • Rocking horses or other toys
  • Creche/Nativity scene

Death/Memorial

  • Candles
  • Inspirational sayings/Bible verses
  • Clouds/Rainbows

Graduation

  • Owls
  • Cap/Gown/Diploma

Family Tree

  • Identical designs with a different person stitched on each one.

This is no means a comprehensive list.  Feel free to add ideas in the comments!  We all learn from each other in the stitching community.

The Ornament Per Year Approach

A few years ago when I was first laid off, I came up with this insane idea to make my daughters an ornament for each Christmas until they were 18.  It wasn’t terribly insane for my biological daughters because they were 1 and 2 at the time.  What was insane was that I decided to also make ornaments for my stepdaughter who was 15 at the time….starting with when she was born (to be fair, her mother is a poor excuse for a mother so I’ve basically become her mother and I wanted to show her some love that she never really got from her biological mother). I’m happy to report that it only took me two years to get all caught up with her ornaments (started Jan 2013, caught up June 2015).  My little ones are still missing an ornament each, but I’m hoping to get all caught up this year.

When I couldn’t find any “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments that I liked, I got creative.  Each girl has a nativity scene of the holy family, because since we are Christians and that is what Christmas means to us.

Here’s the front

Then I put the “deets” on the back.

I also created a baptism ornament for each of them (we baptize infants in my church).

I couldn’t find a design so I designed this myself. The “deets” are on the back 😉 If you can’t tell, I like the frayed Aida look when doing double sided ornaments.

We also like to have fun with Christmas, so I try to match the ornaments to my daughters’ interests.

My youngest (who is Autistic) loves Pooh. She kept going up to the tree and pointing at this ornament and saying “Pooh” (which was significant because she was mostly nonverbal at the time).

My older daughter (who is also Autistic) is slightly obsessed with her stuffed orange kitty cat. So I made her one on an ornament. She also enjoys pointing out her name (Z-O-E-dook! – where the dook is her accent).

I also decorated a wood box to keep the ornaments in.  My stepdaughter is the only one who has a completed box.

I hope I’ve given you some good sampler alternative ideas.  Happy stitching!

Free Snowflake Cross Stitch and Blackwork Ornament

snowflakepattern2coverSnowflakes, snowflakes, snowflakes! Snowflakes are fun to stitch – and they’re fun for me to create and share with you as well.

download this free snowflake cross stitch pattern

The free snowflake pattern from last December has been one of the most frequently downloaded patterns all year long – thank you for that. I figured it was time for another one, so here’s our second free snowflake pattern. [Read more…]

Snowflake Free Cross Stitch Pattern

Snowflakes make great ornaments and can be fun to stitch and embellish. Choose your favorite color or just use up your left over floss.

==> Click here to download the free cross stitch pattern

This is just the first in a long line of snowflakes that are about ornament sized, although I’m sure there are many other things you could use them for, maybe gift tags or something else.




Happy Stitching!
Loretta

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Cross Stitch Ornaments on My Tree

TW Beginner Whitework Ornament (I’ve stitched like five of these, but this one is mine, the rest were gifts!)
The tree is up ...

PawPrints Fairy Kit (This wasn’t really meant to be an ornament, but I just love it so it hangs on the tree)
The tree is up ...
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Free Special Ornament Collection from Connie at About.com

Have you met Connie over at About.com? She’s the Cross Stitch Guide at About and she always has some really great little freebies to share! I love what she does over there and wanted to give her a holiday shout out for these awesome band sampler ornaments she posted just in time for the holidays.

-> Hop over to About.com to download these cute ornament patterns, there’s three of them! Don’t forget to thank Connie and check out some of her other projects while you’re there.

Happy Stitchmas!
Loretta

Greenie Eyelet Ornament Free Cross Stitch Pattern

Another of our older patterns in the new PDF format and with a new name, this was formerly called the February Ornament. Hoping that new names do the patterns more justice and keep us better organized.

==> Click here to download the pattern PDF

If you stitch this piece I would love to see your finished work. You can leave a comment here, send me an email, or share your photos on our Facebook page!

Happy Stitching!
Loretta

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