Brooke’s Books “Spirit of Christmas Stitching”: 2

I’m half way through stitching this Brooke’s Books ‘Spirit of Christmas Stitching”   angel on perforated paper.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angelThe pieces that are to be stitched on the gold perforated paper are next. This wasn’t so pleasant to stitch as the half on the brown paper, as the shiny gold made it harder to see the holes.

This is one of the angel’s wings.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

This is the completed gold panel, with the individual elements all stitched and ready to cut out.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

They need to be cut out carefully, one set of ‘holes’ away from the stitching, so that the stitching doesn’t get cut and start to unravel. I used nail scissors, as I didn’t want to spoil my embroidery scissors.

The wings need to be cut out as one piece, with a joining section.

This part always reminds me of those paper dolls that you used to be able to get, with tabs on all the clothes so that you could change the doll’s outfits!

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

You then stick or stitch the pieces into place, as on the front of the chart booklet.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

It gives a great layered effect, which is easier to see in this picture, taken at a low angle.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

I made a support for the back of the angel out of mount board (as on a picture frame), so that the angel can be stood upright.

And here’s my finished angel, alongside the one I stitched a few months ago – the Spirit of Holiday Baking.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

So, that’s two down, twelve to go!

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Brooke’s Books “Spirit of Christmas Stitching”: 1

A couple of years ago, I received a set of these wonderful chart packs designed by Brooke’s Books, to make as ‘angels’ on perforated paper. Brooke Nolan has a great Etsy shop here. Each angel stands about seven inches high when finished (with a card support at the back to make them free standing). I love all of them!

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

They use this 14 count perforated paper, which is widely available from Mill Hill, but there are other brands available too. Most of the angels use brown, gold or silver paper, so I bought a selection to start me off!

perforated paper packs

Although it’s called ‘paper’, it’s actually quite sturdy – like thin card – and the holes are large. 14 count perforated paper is a lot easier to stitch on than 14 count Aida, for instance.

perforated paper cross stitch embroidery

Out of my collection, I’ve decided to stitch this one next – the ‘Spirit of Christmas Stitching” .

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

The chart pack gives a key for DMC threads, but I prefer to use Anchor, so I used a conversion chart to look up the correct Anchor thread shades. The design also uses three shades of Kreinik fine braid, and some seed beads.

I taped round the edges of the perforated paper with masking tape, so that my threads wouldn’t catch on the edges. With perforated paper, you don’t use a hoop or frame, as it would damage it, so I just hold it to stitch on it.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

Half of the design is stitched on an A 5 half sheet of paper – one brown, and one gold. They are good projects for when I am not at home, as I don’t need a magnifier to stitch these, due to the large hole size of the paper, and they are easy to carry about. I did all this part during a week of camping!

As the pieces will later be cut out, the extra little shapes are stitched in the gaps around the main figure.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

So, that’s half the design done. Next is the other half, then the assembly of the pieces to make the 3D angel  🙂

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Christmas gift ideas for mini-stitchers (whether that’s you, or a friend!)

It’s coming round to the time of year when maybe you could do with some Christmas gift ideas for mini-stitchers  – if you love to stitch for your dollhouse, or know someone else who does, then here’s some suggestions from my range of dollhouse needlepoint kits.

How about a matching Pole screen and Firescreen set, like these two (‘Spring Flowers’ and ‘Summer Roses’), below? Each kit is available separately, but together they really add something special. Both are to be stitched on silk gauze – the Firescreen kits (on 32 count gauze) are £21.95 each, and the Pole screen kits (some on 40 and some on 32 count gauze, depending on the design) are £20.95 each. Both types of kit contain everything you need, including the metal frame kit or wooden pole kit.

Sampler kits make good stocking fillers, at only £10.95. There are 12 designs to choose from, on 28 or 32 count evenweave, and each kit already contains the wooden frame, as well as all other materials.

Teacosy kits (on 32 count silk gauze, at  £14.95), Tray cloth kits (on 32 count silk gauze, at £12.95) and Cushion kits (on 22 count canvas, at £5.95) make great stocking fillers!

For a gift for a more experienced stitcher, this Needlework stand kit on 40 count silk gauze (£21.95) would be good – there are six designs to choose from. This one is called ‘Larkspur and Roses’.

And then for little stocking stuffer gifts, there are these lovely magnetic needle minders! Perfect little gifts for stitchers, even if they don’t have a dollhouse to stitch for – because who wants to lose their needle? These little accessories will help keep needles safe, while looking gorgeous alongside your stitching. £4.95 each.

Needle minders, cross stitch gift, pin keeper, needle magnet

This is just a fraction of my range of almost 300 miniature needlepoint kits plus other accessories – there are loads more to choose from on my website.

Postage & packing is £2.25 for UK orders (£4.50 overseas) up to £50 order value. Orders over £50 are sent post free, worldwide.

Here are the latest dates to order by if you need your parcel to arrive in time for Christmas, both within the UK and Overseas. If you order on or before these dates, I can get your parcel in the post within 24 hours:

Tuesday 3rd December 2019  Australia, New Zealand, Rest of World
Friday 6th December 2019  USA and Canada
Thursday 12th December 2019   Europe
Monday 16th December  2019  United Kingdom

So, visit the website now, to solve all your mini-stitching gift-buying problems!  🙂

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Here we are at Christmas again!

Well, this year has certainly flown by, and here we are at Christmas again. I don’t know about you, but I still find I don’t get enough time to do my stitching.

Dollhouse needlepoint stocking Santa

I am going to try a new approach in 2019 – I’m going to make a list at the beginning of January, of the projects I *realistically* think I can get done during the year, and then focus on enjoying the making of those, without worrying about the ENORMOUS stash of projects I’ve yet to start. It’s supposed to be fun, right?!

How about you? Do you have a plan? Or do you just take it as it comes?

However you approach your stitching hobby, I hope you continue to have fun with whatever you make.

Thanks so much for following along with me during 2018 (most of it being the Strawberry Fayre Heart Etui, which is now finished and sitting nestled in my Edwardian china cabinet, along with my other stitched goodies).

Carolyn Pearce Strawberry Fayre heart etui

I hope you have a great Christmas, and a peaceful New Year.

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