Gingerbread Christmas tree by Victoria Sampler 4: how to assemble the tree

I am making the Gingerbread Christmas tree by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler at the moment from her chart pack booklet. The chart pack is available from  here. I’ve now completed all the cross stitch, and added all the beads, so now it’s time to assemble the tree.

Here’s my four completed panels:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

I backstitched a base piece (this is optional if you’re not going to make this design as an etui, but I felt it would feel more substantial with a closed off base).

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

Then I made paper templates of the shapes, that fit just inside the backstitched lines.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

From those, I made a mount board template for each piece of stitching (i.e. one base, and four tree sides). The square base has pieces of double sided tape on it already, to stick the felt padding onto.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

For padding, I stuck a piece of oversized felt on each template piece with the double sided tape, then trimmed it down later with scissors:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

The stitched pieces were trimmed to have seam allowances on each side of half an inch:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

Then I laced the stitching over the mount board templates. The points of the tree sides are fiddly to do – the point has to be as neat as possible, so that these will all meet up together and not be bulky. I had to trim the fabric back quite hard, and keep making tacking stitches to hold it all down. I laced from side to side first.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

The pointy bit at the top is stitched down last:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

Make sure, as you’re stitching down the top, that the mount board template doesn’t get ‘pinched’ and push its way down – the board should stay within the backstitched outline.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

The final lacing goes from top to bottom, after doing the sides, to hold it all together:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

Then the corners are mitred:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

Each panel then looks like this, with the backstitching just showing at the edges. Then each panel is laced to the adjoining one with Perle 12 white thread, and the base fitted into place last, using the same method:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

Ta-da!!! Here’s my little gingerbread tree, all ready for Christmas!

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

And here’s the base of it, to show how the lacing of the panels is done:

Gingerbread Christmas Tree assembly of cross stitch model

Isn’t it pretty?! I want to get all my decorations out now, to display it with the other Gingerbread buildings that I’ve made.

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10 thoughts on “Gingerbread Christmas tree by Victoria Sampler 4: how to assemble the tree”

  1. No star or fairy on the top?
    It looks super anyway, I have so enjoyed watching you doing the cross stitching and making up.
    Best wishes for the festive season, I wonder what you will tackle next!

    1. I wanted to get the stitching finished in time for Christmas, so no, no star or fairy yet, although I might make something later! Merry Christmas to you, too! I have a list as long as my arm of what I’d like to make next….I’ll have to see 🙂

  2. Janet, your Gingerbread tree is beautiful. Thank you for all your guidance. I long to one day finishing a project like this. I look forward to viewing your next project. Love all your posts. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2020. Xx

    1. Thank you! It’s such a great design to stitch – lots of interesting details. Just that bargello wave that did my head in each time I tried it! But it looks lovely now it’s done.

  3. I find it interesting you have used double sided tape which is less messy than glue.
    Is your mount board 2mm thick or thinner?
    What thread have you used for the lacing?

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