Instructions

Download and print cross-stitch chart, color key and stitch illustrations.

CROSS-STITCHING

  1. Zigzag or overcast edges of Aida cloth to prevent fraying.
  2. Fold cloth in half lengthwise, then fold it in half crosswise and mark where folds intersect. Using arrows, draw centerlines across chart. Begin counting where lines intersect to locate first stitch of top row, then locate same spot on the Aida cloth and begin stitching there for a centered design.
  3. Each square on the chart represents 1 set of fabric threads surrounded by 4 holes. Each stitch is worked over 1 set of threads with the needle passing through the holes. The color and/or symbol inside each square, along with the color key, tells which color floss to use for the cross-stitch. Wide lines on charts show where to work backstitches. (See Fig. 1 for stitch illustrations.)
  4. Use 18-in. lengths of floss to avoid tangles. Separate strands, then thread tapestry needle with 2 strands for all cross-stitches, 1 strand for 310, 500 and 3021 backstitches and two strands for 444 backstitch.
  5. To begin stitching, leave a 1-in.-long tail of thread on back of work; hold it in place while working the first few stitches around it. To end stitching, run needle under a few stitches in back before clipping floss close to work.

ASSEMBLY

Remove backing from frame. Insert mat right side down on top of glass and trim exterior edges of mat as needed to fit frame. Center stitched piece, right side down, on mat, allowing design to show through opening, and replace backing on frame.

CHRISTMAS CROSS-STITCH PATTERN FINISHED SIZE: Design area is 99 stitches high by 70 stitches wide. Excluding frame, design is about 7 in. high x 5 in. wide.

Christmas Cross-Stitch Pattern originally sent in by Ronda Bryce of North Augusta, South Carolina.

Christmas Cross-Stitch Pattern Photo by Country Woman Magazine.