I was determined to get this Spirit of Holiday Baking 3D figure from Brookes Books finished in time to display for Christmas (THIS Christmas, I mean!), and I’ve just about managed it.
This is the second half sheet of perforated paper with the ‘accessories’ and wings for the angel cross stitched, back stitched, and all the beads sewn on.
Then comes the scary bit! You have to cut each piece out, one row of holes away from the stitching, all the way round. This is where you realise that it’s very important, if there is a part of the design where there is a ‘sharp angle’, that you didn’t take the thread across the back across the unstitched gap – because then, when you get to this stage, you’d be cutting through that long thread, and making your design unravel!
These are all the pieces, ready to assemble with glue dots and a few judicious stitches in a matching thread to hold everything together. This reminds me of those paper dolls that I had when I was little, with the little tabs on the edges so that you could ‘hang’ different items on the main doll to make different outfits.
Assembled!! Didn’t take long, as glue dots don’t need time to dry, unlike tacky glue, which can get a bit messy. From this angle, you can see that the beads really add interest. The layering of the pieces is a simple idea, but really clever, and adds to the cuteness of this project.
Finished (just)! I need to add a mount board bracket at the back so that she can stand up unaided, but she’s near enough finished 🙂
Isn’t she lovely? I’ll definitely be making more from this series, as I have a bundle of over a dozen chart packs for these ‘angels’. I find they are really good projects to take when I’m travelling, as they don’t need to be done in a hoop (in fact, they can’t be, as they are on paper), the holes in the 14 count paper are quite large, so I don’t need a magnifier, and there aren’t too many colours, so it’s easy to pick it up and put it down without getting confused about where I am in the design. Well worth having a go. Visit Brooke’s Etsy shop if you’d like to buy any of her lovely chart packs.
6 thoughts on “A quick cross stitch project: 3. The Spirit of Holiday Baking (a gingerbread style angel by Brookes Books)”
Wow, that is really pretty. I did go to Brooks shop the other day and must say your pictures of the project are much better than hers.
I hope to do some of these in the coming year. I wonder how the wings would look if worked on white paper rather than the brown and stitched with a color, maybe pale blue.
I should think that would look lovely! The perforated paper is available in quite a few colours, so there are lots of possibilities for adapting the designs.
Great finish! I have a set of the witches Brooke does in a similar style. Such lovely designs.
Thanks! I was very pleased with this one.