Thursday, 26 April 2018

Christmas Village Cross Stitch

It's been a long time since I've shown any embroidery on my blog.  That's because I've been busy English Paper Piecing and hand piecing.

However, we all know that if you don't start Christmas embroidery early in the year, it just won't be finished in time for Christmas.

So I made an early start, and on Boxing Day 2017 I started on my Christmas Village pattern from Victoria Sampler. I've had this pattern in my stash for five years! But I always knew I'd do it one day.

Part of the delay was deciding whether to use DMC stranded cotton for the lacy white sections, or break out and order Krienik Mori silk thread.  I use DMC for the white sections on my Gingerbread Village, but because these lacy sections are so beautiful, and this piece will get framed one day, I decided that I needed to get the Krienik Mori.

So I'm underway now, and really hope to get this finished before Christmas 2018.

And here's why:

In a moment of weakness I purchased the next pattern for the Gingerbread Village! It's the Gingerbread Retreat Cottage and it looks lovely.

I know that the Flower Shop has been released now too, but it's only available as a Student Kit.  I don't want to buy it that way because (a) it's expensive, and (b) it includes the linen, but I want to keep working with the linen I already have to maintain a consistent colouring.

my collection stitched over five years
If you would like to know more about these delightful decorations from the Victoria Sampler, just look at the Gingerbread Village tab on my blog.  It includes information about where to buy the patterns and the linen.


Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

You started on Boxing Day? Wow that's commitment, most of us are getting Christmased out at that time. It's a lovely pattern, it's been a while since I did any cross stitch and have a number of things either not started or as UFOs. Love the Gingerbread village too and the Retreat Cottage will make a lovely addition. Thank you for sharing, I love this post.

Robin said...

I love the Christmas piece your have started. It is going to be so lovely. The gingerbread house will be a nice addition to your village. So sweet!

Mary-Kay Colman said...

Beautiful cross stitch work! I have quite a few projects that are started but like you, quilting has overtaken my cross stitch. And I must say it's been like 18 years since I've done any real cross stitch, just lots of red work style embroidery for quilts.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

We all know that if we do not start early we will not finish in time, but we still delay. Not you! You will be so thrillled when these are on display at Christmas.