Last year Teri and I (Kara) taught a year-long wool program called the Stitching Society at our local quilt shop. We were trying to come up with ideas for more uses for the program's patterns, so I made a Christmas banner with a few of the holiday designs. Making a banner had been on my to-do list for some time, so this was a great opportunity to check it off.
I decided to re-purpose a piece of light tan wool fabric that I had picked up at a thrift store for the background. Once I had the six Christmas images chosen, I chose the fabrics, threads, and beads. All the embroidery was done with perle cotton in varying sizes (#5, #8, and #12).
|The first pattern I chose to do was the wreath, as I knew it would be a quick one to do.|
|This simple design is made up of little fly stitches and red seed beads|
|I had a perfect red wool to use for the petals and a lovely rose wool for the center|
|I used the fly stitch again along with French knots for the center|
|I chose to use ribbon for the bow instead of wool|
|More fly stitches for the leaves, beads for the berries, and a #5 perle cotton, stem-stitched branch.|
Holly & Swirls
|I love this unique design.|
|Fly stitch again for the leaves (a great stitch for leaf veins) and the spiral trellis stitch for the berries|
|This green herringbone wool was perfect for the tree.|
|Stem stitch and lazy daisies make up the branches, and French knots became the ornaments.|
|This is another simple but beautiful design.|
|Again, I used the #5 perle for the branches and the spiral trellis stitch for the berries.|
Once all the designs were stitched, I decided to use a simple casing on the top, so I could thread a piece of twine through each one. This allows me some flexibility for hanging them.
This was a fun project to do and was a big hit with our class. It also fits in quite nicely with my woodland-style Christmas-decorating scheme. Hopefully you have had some opportunity in the last few months to do some holiday-themed stitching. Feel free to share with us—we'd love to be inspired by your work. Happy holidays!