EXPLOREMY LIBRARY
Inspirations

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Traditional festive motifs include a partridge in a pear tree, holly, mistletoe, snowflakes and a selection of Christmas trees, stitched in a variety of counted thread techniques. The needlebook covers are laced together along the spine with red silk ribbon and the scissor fob and etui cord are finished with snow white tassels.

requirements

Fabric

25cm x 50cm wide (10" x 20") piece of white 32-count linen

33cm (13") square of red silk dupion

Supplies

8cm (3") square of red wool felt

10cm (4") square of gold wool felt

25cm (10") square of lightweight fusible interfacing

5cm x 15cm wide (2" x 6") piece of heavyweight fusible interfacing

23cm x 56cm wide (9" x 22") piece of interlining

15mm ( 5/8") 2-hole mother-of-pearl button

White sewing thread

Beige sewing thread

Red sewing thread to match silk Dressmaker’s awl or large needle

Craft glue

Ruler

Craft knife

6cm x 8cm wide (2 3/8" x 3 1/8")

piece of firm card

Tracing paper

Fine black pen

Fine heat-soluble fabric marker

Needles

No. 8 crewel

No. 24 tapestry

No. 26 tapestry

Threads & Ribbon

DMC no. 12 perlé cotton

A = blanc

Gloriana stranded silk

B = 87 forest

C = 102 fresh snow

D = 113 autumn arbor

E = 162 schoolhouse red

F = 207 Inca gold

Gloriana 4mm silk ribbon

G = 139 pomegranate–1m (40")

before you begin

We recommend that you read the complete article and instructions in the pattern download

See the pattern download for the alphabet and numbers chart and felt templates

All embroidery is worked with ONE strand of thread unless specified

this design uses

Algerian eyelet | Appliqué | Back stitch | Bargello | Blanket stitch Cross stitch | Diamond eyelet | Double running stitch Four-sided stitch | Rice stitch | French knot | Long-arm cross stitch Satin stitch | Square eyelet | Straight stitch

preparation for embroidery

The body of the etui measures 8cm x 7.5cm wide (3 /4") cubed and the lid measures 9.5cm (3 /2") square.

PREPARING THE FABRIC

Neaten the raw edges of the linen with a machine zigzag or overlock stitch.

TRANSFERRING THE DESIGN

Measure in 2.5cm (1") from each edge in the upper left-hand corner of the linen and mark with a pin. Beginning at the marked point, using the beige sewing thread and working over and under four threads, mark out each piece following the diagram (diag 1).

Work the compensating stitches on the upper and lower edges of the needle-book over or under two threads. Using the black pen trace the star and circle templates onto the tracing paper and cut out. Transfer the star shaping to the red felt and the circle to the gold felt using the heat-soluble fabric marker.

embroidery

See page 40 for step-by-step instructions for working the double running stitch Refer to the charts and close-up photographs for colour placement.

Use the no. 24 tapestry needle for the perlé cotton, the no. 26 tapestry for the silk and the crewel needle for stitching the felt shapes and constructing the etui.

All embroidery is worked in the hand.

ORDER OF WORK

All stitches are worked over two threads unless specified.

Each square on each chart equals 2 x 2 fabric threads.

Work the outer border on the etui, scissor sheath and scissor fob in back stitch over four threads using A, removing the tacking as you work. Stitch the border on the needlebook in a similar manner, working a compensating stitch over two threads at the centre of the upper and lower edges on both pieces as marked on the graph.

Etui

Stitch the inner border and corner leaf motifs on each side and the base with double running stitch using D.

LID

Stitch the holly border in double running stitch using B for the foliage and E for the berries. Using E, stitch a square eyelet at the centre over twelve threads.

Etui Lid

SIDE ONE

Work the Hardanger motifs in satin stitch using C. Using the same thread stitch the large square eyelet in each corner over eight threads and work back stitch around each one. Stitch the small eyelets over four threads using C.

Etui – Side 1

SIDE TWO

Using F, stitch the trunk of the tree with the bird on top and the larger tree on the lower edge with long-arm cross stitch over two by four threads. Work the remaining trunks with F in cross stitch. Following the graph, stitch the foliage on the lower left-hand and right-hand trees with cross stitch using B and the remaining trees with back stitch and satin stitch using the same thread. Stitch the small trees entirely with back stitch. Work the snowflakes with cross stitch using C. Stitch the bird in cross stitch over one thread using E and the eye with a half cross stitch using F.

SIDE THREE

Following the graph and working over four threads, stitch the upper design using E, C and B, the centre design with F, B, C and E and the lower design with B, C, D, E and F.

Etui – Side 2

SIDE FOUR

Work all embroidery with double running stitch. Stitch the tree trunk, branches and leaves using B, the pears using F and the partridge using E and F.

BASE

Stitch the mistletoe border with double running stitch using B for the foliage and C for the berries. Choose letters and numbers from the chart in the liftout pattern and work the letters using F and the numbers using E in cross stitch.

Etui – Side 3

Scissor sheath

Stitch the inner border and corner leaf motifs on each side with double running stitch and straight stitch using D.

SIDE ONE

Work the upper and lower columns in long-arm cross stitch over two by four threads using F. Stitch the centre column with four-sided stitch using D. Embroider the berry column using B, cross stitch and straight stitch for the stems and E and back stitch for the berries. Using C, stitch the line of diamond eyelets.

SIDE TWO

Work the upper column in four-sided stitch using B and the lower column in the same manner using F. Stitch the centre column with long-arm cross stitch over two by four threads using E. Work the poinsettias in double running stitch using E for the flowers and B for the foliage and the zig-zag column with rice stitch and cross stitch using B and F.

Etui – Side 4

Etui – Base

Scissor fob

SIDE ONE

Stitch the Christmas rose in double running stitch using E for the flower and B for the foliage.

SIDE TWO

Stitch the mistletoe with double running stitch using B for the foliage and cross stitch and C for the berries. Choose letters and numbers from the chart in the liftout pattern and work the letters using F and the numbers using E in cross stitch.

Scissor Sheath – Side 1

Scissor Fob – Side 1

Scissor Sheath – Side 2

Scissor Fob – Side 2

Needlebook

Stitch the inner border and corner leaf motifs on each side with double running stitch using D.

SIDE ONE

Work all embroidery with cross stitch. Work the pot and star using F, adding a straight stitch at each corner of the star, the tree with B and the baubles with E.

SIDE TWO

Work the trunk and branches of the tree in cross stitch using B.

Stitch the birds with satin stitch for the breast, long-arm cross stitch over two by four threads for the head, wing and tail and back stitch for the beak and legs using C and B for the top bird, D and E for the centre bird and E and F for the lower bird. Work a French knot eye on each bird using F.

Needlebook – Side 1

Needlebook – Side 2

construction

See the pattern download

DOUBLE RUNNING STITCH

Also known as Holbein stitch this is an effective way of creating a solid line of straight stitches.

1 Bring the thread to the surface at A. Work running stitch along the line over and under two threads.

2 Work a second line of running stitches in the remaining spaces to create a solid line of stitching.