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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas in July continues with this cute snowman and his three feathered friends!

As stitched, "Merry Christmas" uses shades of red, green, white, gray, brown, black, and orange. It features a snowman standing in a snowdrift beneath an evergreen swag. A bird is perched on his mitten and two more are standing nearby. Next to the snowman, a pair of ice skates are hung underneath a birdhouse, and snow is falling all around. "Merry Christmas" is written below.


PATTERN DETAILS: The model was stitched on 30 ct. Portobello Linen using 2 ply thread. The design uses whole stitches only. The stitch count is 78w x 97h and the finished design measures approximately 5"w x 7 1/8"h when stitched on that fabric. I chose to use overdyed threads from Weeks Dye Works for the red and green to help add a little extra texture. (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 would like to purchase from a shop for the convenience of ordering supplies and the pattern with one purchase, the list of authorized CHS shops can be found by clicking here. FRIENDLY REMINDER: If you see this or any other CHS pattern on *any* other website than the ones listed in the blue link above, please be aware that they are stolen. Help fight copyright infringement by buying from reputable sellers or directly from the artist. If there is any question, check the list in the link ;). 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 obsessions with fabric and cross stitch in a single project ;). RECREATE THE LOOK: I have tutorials that explain how to make a flat (found here), so I won't rehash the how-to. Instead, here are specifics that are unique to this piece. Cording - I used 8 lengths of the full 6 ply DMC thread (color 310) to get the thickness of cording seen on the model. Normally I use six, but I felt like a slightly thicker rope this time would balance out the stitched size. Plan on using 2 skeins to achieve that thickness. My favorite stitchy tool *ever* is my Kreinik corder, so it is in the picture too, just because it makes me happy.











To get the length, I cut each 6 ply skein a loose 3x the length of the perimeter of the mounted piece.


This is what I'm talking about when I say "mounted piece"--It's the finished design glued to backing board/chip board. (FYI- I *always* use craft batting between my pieces and the backing board because I feel like the finish looks smoother that way.)











This is is what it looks like with the cording attached.













Bow - For the base ribbon, I used a fun 1.5" black and white check wire-edged roll that I found at Michelle's ADOORable Creations on Etsy. (I love, love, love her super-cute, curated collection!) At the time of this writing, there was only one roll of this specific ribbon left, but she has a ton of other fantastic options that would work great with cross stitch finishes. I'll go ahead and link to the ribbon here. If it's sold out, just look around her shop a bit. You may find other options that may work instead!


Bow - I have a tutorial on how I make my bows (found here), but the one for this model was just a smidge different. Let me walk you through how I did it with some photos.


I cut an 11" segment and shaped it into a bow piece using the method from the tutorial. I also cut an 8" segment that I left alone.











I stacked the bow piece over the top of the straight segment so the right side of the ribbon was facing up. I roughly centered the bow piece on top of the straight piece.








I wrapped the straight segment around the center pleat in the bow piece...













...and then folded the extra bulk from the straight piece back against the pleat on the bow piece so that the right side was facing out.













I used this type of floral wire...













...to wrap the two ribbon pieces together at the center pleat, preserving the backwards fold.













I took a minute to fluff/adjust/straighten everything once the center was secure. This is what it looked like when I was done.










I clipped the tails to even them up and make the ends inverted V's. I used the "awareness ribbon method" from the bow tutorial to shape a 3/8" black satin ribbon (Offray) into a smaller bow, which I stacked on top of the buffalo check bow and hot glued into place. I trimmed the ends of the black bow horizontally. I used a brick red button from a bulk button pack (Source: my stash, but it was originally from Walmart) as the centerpiece and used hot glue to adhere it in place. All the ends were sealed with Fray Check. This was the result:

A few last things. The backing board that I used the mount the stitched piece was cut to have 1/2" margins around the stitching.









...and the backing board that I used underneath the white houndstooth on the model was cut with margins one inch larger than the mounted piece. Honestly, one inch margins with this design felt a little small to me. In hindsight, if that were all I was using, I probably would do 1.5" - 2" margins for the fabric-wrapped pieces just to help balance the scale of the stitched design a bit better. Hope that helps! As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions! Happy Stitching,

-Deanna

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