My original plan for my card for my Winter Sparkle Artist Trading Card swap was to do a little cross stitch sampler of Christmassy Fair Isle Patterns, in a lovely Scandi-style red & white combo. So I started googling for some free snowflake stitch patterns and was distracted by all the lovely cross stitch Christmas tree patterns, like these on Pinterest. So, in the end I decided to go with a hybrid of the two:
I am no cross-stitcher (I like to do something new for ATC swaps, if I can), but it struck me that it was easy enough to design something, given enough graph paper and felt tip pens. Well, all I can say is, thank goodness for downloadable graph paper…
The really tricky part was that, to get as much detail as I wanted in a 3.5″ by 2.5″ space, it needed to be teeny-tiny, with a lot of stitches per inch. So I bought some Zweigart 32 count Belfast linen in antique white from Cloud Craft and used one strand of DMC embroidery thread worked over just 1 thread of the linen. To be honest, if I hadn’t had a magnifying desk lamp, I would have given up and done something else instead. But with the lamp it was ok (just had to take the lamp on holiday with us!), and, of course, if you work from bottom to top, you are encouraged by the fact that each row is shorter than the last!
When I ordered the linen, I also spotted some lovely red lace trim at Cloud Craft, and I was hopeful that it would make a good edging to the card. I am so pleased it worked out so nicely – I hope my partner will be too.
Just in case anyone is interested, I have created a cross stitch chart of the tree pattern. You don’t have to work it so small!! You can download the file by clicking on the image below.
Hope all you other Winter Sparkle swappers are having as much fun as I have!