Usually people who do counted cross stitch on even-weave or linen fabric stitch over two threads. I like stitching over one thread… This gives the final result more of a photo effect and the finished stitching will be half the size of a usual Over-Two project. This means that an Over-One thread stitcher can take a bigger pattern and fit it into a smaller space. I use this to create Christmas Ornaments that have more detail than usual.
I have a plan…. My plan is to create heirloom Christmas ornaments for my children. These will all be stitched over one thread, and there will be one each for every year. Each ornament will be age appropriate so they will become more “mature” as the kids grow up.
Each of the ornaments will have the same simple border pattern and on the back the year will be stitched.
The plan is that I have about eighteen years to stitch two sets of ornaments… probably more, but when each of my kids leaves home and sets up their first Christmas tree, there will be a little box waiting for them to open.
In their box will be their ornaments, hand made for them over the years, each special to them, to kick-start their own traditions at Christmas as they make their own way in the world.
I hope that their little box will remind them that their Mama is always close to them, no matter how near, or far apart we might be, and if we will be celebrating Christmas together or not. Even if we will be celebrating Christmas together, their tree will be special, and will hopefully trigger a few traditions that they would like to make themselves, and their future children.
Here are my ornaments in progress:
This one is stitched over two threads…
I’ve folded the fabric so that you can see the over two thread and over one thread version of the same pattern…
Over one thread…
Yes, I know I need to finish off some of the backstitching yet… that’s not my favourite task but I will get to it so that I can make these into proper ornaments with some padding and ties for the tree. How about starting your own stitching traditions? Whatever you do, Happy Stitching !