One of the things I love about the build up to Christmas is spending time making cards for friends and family. I’ve cross stitched cards for a varying number of people for about 12 years now (it tends to depend on how organised I am and how busy I am). Previously I’ve always bought kits but in September I started buying a cross stitch magazine and so for many of the cards this year I used designs from one of their libraries. I’m not very good at remembering to photograph cards before I seal them in their envelopes, but these are the ones I did remember to capture (Christmas 2014 will see me both photographing all of the cards before I can’t get them back, and making sure the photos are all totally sharp):
This last Christmas was made all the better by spending a few weeks making a Santa sack for my friends’ lovely baby Charlie. Charlie’s mum Sarah’s family all have present sacks and she wanted to carry on the tradition so I gladly volunteered to make it. She gave me a few general ideas but then pretty much free reign over the finished design. It was a thoroughly enjoyable project to undertake, it really helped me to get into the festive mood. My favourite part to make was the tree, I had so much fun doing all the hand sewing and embellishing.
It was well received by its recipients and that’s the best part of crafting for others. And again my photography of my finished work is far from up to scratch, the colours in this are particularly poor – definitely something to improve over 2014!