2 New Holiday Designs You Must See!

 

 

Have you started stitching gifts for the holidays yet?

For stitchers, holiday shopping begins before everyone else 

because our gifts take so much more work than the typical

gifts do. That is what makes them so special. 

 

When recipients open our stitched gifts, they see our love in every stitch we crossed.  As you are getting your holiday stitching rolling, I am so happy to introduce two new holiday designs from AC Needlework.  Keep reading to get the details. 

 

 

Christmas Tree Quilt Block

Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

 

 
 
Imagine a Christmas tree turned on its side and you will see
 
how triangles of red, green, and white form this Christmas
 
Tree Quilt Block counted cross stitch pattern. This design
 
was inspired by the traditional Tree of Life quilt block pattern.
 
The quilt block consists of two triangles sewn together to
 
form a basic square.  I was attracted to the design because
 
of the different shapes your eyes can see as you gaze at the
 
design.  It was holiday time when I discovered this quilt block
 
and I thought - why not a Christmas tree?

 

 

 

 
 
Some Design Details
 
Stitch count - 56w x 56h
Finished Size - 3.50" x 3.50"; 8.89cm x 8.89cm
 (stitched on 16 count Aida)
Colors - 5
Threads - DMC Floss/Kreinik blending filament
Difficulty - easy
 
About blending filament -The Kreinik blending filament is optional.  I love the addition of the blending filament because it gives a bit of sparkle to the red "lights" on the tree.  TIP: If you have never used blending filament, keep the filament short (4 or 5 inches in length) and use one strand of filament with one strand of cotton floss.   This will help prevent the filament from breaking or raveling as you stitch.  
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Evergreen Mandala Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

 

 
 

Adorned with shiny red bows in a ring of holiday green, the

Evergreen Mandala Counted Cross Stitch Pattern is a perfect

choice for a greeting card for the holiday.  It would also be

lovely mounted in a small frame and displayed on a mantel or

in another holiday centerpiece.  

 

 

A Bit About Mandalas

 

A mandala is a circle. Any round object can be a mandala. 

Many cultures (ancient and current) give meanings to the

mandala.  Various religions have used the mandala as

sacred art, from rose windows in cathedrals, Native American

dream catchers, and Buddhist sand mandalas.  But

mandalas are all around us - snowflakes, flowers, pin wheels,

cinnamon rolls, the sun, the moon, and even the very planet

we live on. Today, drawing and coloring mandalas has

become a popular means to achieve relaxation. I find that

stitching mandalas help me relax.

 

 

 

 

 

Some Design Details

Stitch Count - 67w x 67h
Finished Size - 4.19" x 4"; 10.64cm x 10.16cm
(stitched on 16 count Aida)
Colors - 4
Threads - DMC embroidery floss, Kreinik blending filament
                                                                             (see tips above)
Difficulty - Moderate

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

So, stitchers, whether you are a beginner or experienced at

cross stitching, bring delight to someone this holiday by

stitching these two new designs for holiday gifts.  

 
 
 
Want to know more?
 

Tree of Life Quilt Block

What are you stitching for holiday?  Share your projects with us on the AC Needlework Facebook page.  If you choose a design featured in this blog post, share your photos of them on our Facebook page also.  

 

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