It is Christmas in July! This sweet little pattern stitches up so quickly. It features the word "JOY" surrounded by a hat, mittens, and ice skates.
As stitched, this design uses shades of red, beige, and gray. I finished mine as a flat, but it is sized just right to be an ornament, to fit on a tiered tray, or to be part of a dough bowl display.
PATTERN DETAILS: The model was stitched on 28 ct. White Monaco using 2 ply thread. The design uses whole stitches only. The stitch count is 67w x 35h and the finished design measures approximately 4 1/2"w x 2 3/8"h when stitched on that fabric. I chose an overdyed thread from Weeks Dye Works for the red because I wanted to give the hat and mittens some texture--just like a knit hat and mittens would have. (Bonus: Weeks Dye Works has shifted to using colorfast dyes! Win!) The other suggested floss colors are from DMC. WHERE TO BUY: If you would like to buy directly from me, you can find the pattern by clicking here. (If you'd like to bookmark the website for the Cherry Hill Stitchery Etsy Shop, it is www.etsy.com/shop/cherryhillstitchery.) If you need to purchase from a shop, the list of authorized shops can be found by clicking here. FRIENDLY REMINDER: If you see this or any other CHS pattern on *any* other website, please be aware it is stolen. Help the needlework industry fight copyright infringement by buying from reputable sellers or directly from the artists. If there is any question, check the list in the link above. CHS patterns are priced to be affordable for all stitchers. Help keep prices low by purchasing your own copy and not sharing with friends. Thanks! FINISH DETAILS: This was finished as a mounted flat. Flats are quick, they store compactly for those of you who are tight on space, and they are an economical and adorable way to get your pieces out on display. You can also purchase all the supplies online, so they are a great option for those of you who need to be cautious about venturing out right now. Personally speaking, I love that they let me combine my obsession with fabric and cross stitch in a single project ;). RECREATE THE LOOK: Before I give you specifics on what I used, I want to let you know that I do have a Flosstube channel and I do offer tutorials that will help these explanations make more sense. (The tutorials have pink thumbnails, non-tutorials will have photo thumbnails.) I am not a Youtube personality at all. Like, not even a little bit. While I like to think I'm learning from each video and working on making each better than the last, it is what it is. LOL. I couldn't come over and hang out while I showed you how to do it, so the tutorials will have to do. Soooo. Here we go. Keep reading for SKU's, photos, and links to stuff I used on my model. BOARDS-- I used a rotary cutter to trim 3 pieces of backing board to size. Piece #1 is the smallest, and I cut it so that there would be half inch margins around the design. Piece #2 and #3 are identical and were cut to have 1" margins around #1.
I always glue a layer of batting on the backing board before I add my stitched piece. This piece was no different. I feel like adding batting underneath the stitches gives the front of the piece a more even, polished look. It also does a great job of smoothing any lumps and bumps you might see if the stitches were directly against a hard surface. The padding I use is from Hobby Lobby and can be found here. I also use Aleens Tacky Glue on every piece to glue my fabric on to the backing board.
This is what #2 and #3 looked like on the back after I had glued on the gray gingham check fabric. The fabric is Gray Gingham from the Adventure Time line (Wilmington Prints) and the SKU is 68539-991.
If I wanted this to be a flat ornament, I would stop and glue in a ribbon or a tie of some sort here, before gluing these two boards wrong-side together. Like this:
I did not opt to turn mine into an ornament; I just wanted to show you what you could do if you wanted to tweak these instructions that way. CORDING -- Reds can be a little bit tricky to match, so while normally I like to try to fake the overdyed variegation look by combining thread from a few skeins of DMC, I didn't do that on this model. The red is kind of the star of the show here, so it was important to me that the red trim matched the red stitching perfectly. I made my own cording using 6 lengths of the full 6 ply Weeks Dye Works Louisiana Hot Sauce floss for thickness. I cut each strand to be a generous 3x the perimeter of the mounted cross stitch before spinning it with my Kreinik corder.
That red, y'all. I could go swimming in it. It is my very, very favorite. It is perfectly luscious. I won't tell you how many skeins of that color I own. ;)
For the bow, I used two ribbons and shaped them using the "Awareness Ribbon" method that I show in my bow tutorial. The gray ribbon with a stitched edge is a 3/8" grosgrain that I ordered from Hobby Lobby. (SKU 1521715.)
Pro tip (or... common knowledge...?): Hobby Lobby has rotating sales through different departments alll.the.time. If you can wait and watch, eventually you'll be able to buy a stash of ribbon at 40% off. ;).
The red ribbon was a seasonal Walmart find, so you may need to wait until it gets a little bit closer to Christmas to find something similar. It was a simple grosgrain (I think it was a 5/8" size) with snowflakes printed on one side. I usually try to use dual sided ribbon for the "Awareness Ribbon" method bows because you can see both sides, but since this particular ribbon was going to be stacked on the bottom of the bow, I thought it would be ok to bend my personal design rules a little.
The white button in the center was just a plastic button from my stash. It originally came from a bulk jumbo button assortment.
I used hot glue to assemble the bow, clipped the edges vertically, and then sealed them with fray check. This is what it looked like layered all together:
I used hot glue to put the various pieces together. QUICK REMINDER ON GLUING ORDER: Gray gingham boards are glued wrong side together so there is a pretty front and back. Cording should be attached to the mounted, stitched piece BEFORE gluing the stitched piece to the gray gingham pieces. The assembled bow should be attached last. It's nice to put it over the top of the seam where your cording meets up. The result, one more time:
ON FLOSS SHORTAGES: I know many of you are having a hard time getting specific colors needed to stitch projects, and as a result, you're pulling hard from your stash. If you need suggestions for alternate ideas (or just have a different Christmas color scheme) I put together a few options for you. There are only 4 charted colors in this design, so it shouldn't be too hard to mix and match with what you have on hand. Hope these get your creative juices flowing! Red, Green, White and Gray on Black
Similar colors on gray
On brown, substituting some browns and gold
And for a fun, non-traditional color scheme ...(Minty opalescent aida, I'm looking at you ;)), how about swapping out pink for the red?
Hope you enjoy! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me via the "About" page on this website, through the message feature in my Etsy shop, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.