I might not have gotten everything on my bucket list done this year–but I did do one thing. I had a baby (#3 in 3 years), and if that isn’t an accomplishment, ladies and gentleman, than I don’t know what is!
Are you like me–is your absolute favorite place to mark accomplishments and milestone the Christmas tree? Every year I love to create beautiful ornaments for our tree that will help me remember what we did/accomplished/lived through that year. And so, I created a fancy cross stitch alphabet perfect for personalizing ornaments, especially ornaments that mark a baby being born.
Supplies needed to make your own cross stitch alphabet ornament:
- Aida Cloth (Cross Stitch Cloth)
- Free Cross Stitch Alphabet Pattern
- 3 x 5 Embroidery Hoop
- Embroidery Thread–Greens
- Embroidery Thread–Reds
The free Cross Stitch Alphabet is below. Click on the image to enlarge and print.
This cross stitch alphabet combines cross stitches and back stitches. On the chart above the two are shown in different colors, but I did that mostly so that it was easier to read (I guess I got a thing about readability ;)). When stitching this up I recommend doing the cross stitches and back stitches in the same color–but if you want to mix it up, feel free to use different colors if you’d like! Even if you use the same color, make sure to use 2 threads for the cross stitches and only 1 thread for the long back stitches.
Because we love to add dates to ornaments I also included numerals on the pattern. I used these numbers to fill in the very simple pattern below. The date in these green lines is intended to be centered and below the name on your ornament.
First, you need to print out a BLANK CROSS STITCH GRID like this one. Once you have it printed, grab the cross stitch alphabet pattern and chart out the name you will be stitching. Leave just one blank row between each letter. I think this is easier to do if you use different colors for your cross stitches and your back stitches.
When you have the name charted out, mark the center. From the center you will then be able to tell where to stitch the bottom details for your ornament. Since I am lazy I only drew out a the top line of the bottom details.
A note here, if your date is “2011” you won’t need as many rows in the bottom details as I did for “2014” so you will need to remove a few rows. Make sure to take the rows out of the center to keep the whole thing symmetrical.
Just a quick note about stitching up this font. For cross stitch in general, it is important to always do the cross stitches first, and then go back and do the back stitches. This is also a matter of convenience since you will use 2 threads for the cross stitches and only 1 for the back stitches. Here is what my ornament looked like when I completed the cross stitches for the name. After this I went back and did the back stitch details with only 1 thread. And remember, it’s called counted cross stitch for a reason! Count carefully!
I hope your holiday prep brings you loads of joy!
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.