The holiday season is meant to be spent with family. We often become so stressed over baking several dozen cookies, purchasing the perfect gifts, and decorating every inch of our homes in Christmas cheer that we forget to stop and enjoy what the season is really about: our loved ones. No matter how full your calendar is this year, make sure to block out some time for you to sit in your living room under a cozy afghan, light a fire in the fireplace, and enjoy the company of your family. You can watch a holiday film together, sip cider or hot cocoa, or do my personal favorite: create beautiful Christmas crafts together. With our selection of Christmas and holiday cross stitch crafts, you can spend hours indulging in your favorite craft and the company of your loved ones.
Cross stitch has a very special place in my holiday memories. Every winter, my mother would set up permanent residence in the armchair closest to our lone reading lamp, needlework in hand. As soon as the weather started to turn cold, that chair became her domain, and none of us dared to disturb the skeins of embroidery floss neatly laid out across the ottoman. Her box packed full of little cardboard spools became a fixture on the end table, and her half-worked canvas lie draped across the arm or cushion, its needles waiting like a booby trap for anyone who presumed to sit in my mother’s chair.
Though my mother is talented in both freehand embroidery and needlepoint, her specialty is counted cross stitch, and her enduring fascination is Christmas. Every holiday season, her needlework appears on stuffed ornaments among the branches of the Christmas tree, on throw pillows tucked into the recesses of every couch, and on our childhood stockings hanging from the mantle. Christmas is the perfect holiday to cross-stitch for. The long, cold nights leading up the Christmas Eve leave endless hours to cuddle up and stitch by the fire (or radiator if your living room isn’t quite that picturesque). The homey, handcrafted charm of cross-stitch never seems amiss around Christmas, and the decidedly decorative nature of the craft lends itself well to the impractical amount of ornaments, wall hangings, and festive pillows that seem to abound come December.
It comes as no surprise then that our collection of Christmas favorites includes several holiday counted cross-stitch kits and books. These kits make Christmas needlework fun and easy! For those stitchers who enjoy detailed scenes, the Gold Collection Christmas Village Ornaments provide instructions for six different winter scenes. These charming hometown scenes are almost too pretty to hang on the tree. Display them in a more prominent area where guests can admire their intricate detail!
The wonderful thing about cross-stitching ornaments is that you can quickly finish several projects before Christmas. Try the whimsical Ho Ho Ho Ornament for a fun Christmas tree or mantle decoration. If angels are your preferred Christmas motif, you’re sure to enjoy the Guardian Angel Counted Cross Stitch kit. This kit will look precious hanging from an evergreen garland over your fireplace.
For crafters who are itching to go beyond ornaments, we have Christmas Joy. This book includes three large counted cross stitch patterns, plus a conversion chart and general cross stitch instructions. With these patterns on hand, you’ll keep busy all year stitching for Christmas!
Do you tend to cross-stitch more for the holidays? What are your favorite projects to make?