Tis the season for Sleigh Bells! Growing up, there was never a Christmas without bells. My grandpa used to come to our house late on Christmas Eve, armed with his own personal set of sleigh bells. Hiding in the shadows, he would jingle his way around the house and the yard, sending all the kids scurrying to their beds. I think my parents had the entire cul-de-sac in on the shenanigans; sometimes the bells would circle a few extra houses up and down the street for good measure. "Santa" would disappear if we looked outside, so we never dared peek. It was pure Christmas magic. My grandpa is gone now, but these bells were made for him :).
This design is called Sleigh Bells Ring. It comes as a .PDF pattern and features snowy boughs with ornaments along with a horse pulling a sleigh through the snow. The text reads "Sleigh Bells Ring."
The design is stitched in shades of red, green, white, off-white, and brown.
The model was stitched on 32 ct. Raw Natural Belfast linen (Zweigart) using 2 ply thread.
The stitch count is 112w x 30h and the finished design measures approximately 7"w x 2 1/8"h when stitched on that fabric. The pattern calls for whole stitches only. (Whole stitches = beginner friendly and Aida friendly!) The model was stitched with threads from DMC. The pattern includes both a black/white symbol page as well as a color page, so you can choose to stitch from the format that works best for you.
WHERE TO BUY Since this is a .PDF pattern, it can be found in the Etsy Shop or at any of the authorized .PDF resellers listed in the "WHERE TO BUY" link.
RECREATE THE LOOK:
Finish Fabric: The red/white striped fabric is the perfect candy cane stripe! It is by Kim Christofferson of Kimberbell Designs for Maywood Studio. It's called Red Mini Awning Stripe and the SKU is MAS8249-R. The green fabric was from my stash. It's ancient, so no SKU. Sorry about that!
Cording: I used pre-made white cording (3/16") from Hobby Lobby. The brand is Merchant 41 and the SKU is 829341.
The smaller white bow is made from a 3/8" grosgrain ribbon from Offray. My spool does not have a label or SKU, but it was in the ribbon section at Wal-mart. 3/8" white grosgrain ribbon can be found at pretty much any store that sells ribbon, so hopefully you won't have too much trouble finding some. If you're ordering from Hobby Lobby, try SKU 166751. I keep a couple of spools of this size and color on hand at all times because I use it in almost everything! All the ribbon ends were sealed with fray-check. (Affiliate Amazon link.)
The wooden button came out of my stash. Similar buttons are available at almost any craft store with a healthy button assortment.
The materials listed above are unique to this piece. The foundational supplies (the board, glue, batting, etc--stuff you can't see) are the same no matter what I am finishing. I use backing board, Aleens Tacky Glue, and Warm and White Craft Batting. I make cuts with a rotary cutter on a rotary cutting mat. You can see them along with links on the Tools/Organization page.
One more time, here it is. Hope you enjoy!