From Nicki Franklin:
Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love the build up to Christmas
Eve most of all. I always make sure I have a few lovely craft projects to
work on in the run up to Christmas and there is always an exciting little
present under the tree of something I can work on in those lovely long
days between Christmas and New Year.
This Carol Singers design was so much fun to stitch; I love the fresh,
festive, color palette and I imagined my nieces in the picture as I
worked. Deceptively simple, this kit is perfect for beginners as the piece
is worked largely in split stitch, back stitch and whipped stitches. There
are a few French knots here and there which are relatively easy to
The kit includes a 10” square piece of hand-printed antique linen
together with the threads and instructions required to complete the
pattern. The finished piece is approximately 75mm square and could be
personalized further with a few words from a favorite Christmas carol or
Seasons Greetings for someone you love. I have made mine into a little
rustic bag to hang on a peg shelf by the door and fill with Christmas
chocolates. It would also work as a beautiful Christmas cushion or the
center of a beautiful patchwork wall-hanging.
It is important to me that packaging and storage for my work is beautiful
as well as functional. Kits from The Stitchery are packed in beautiful,
sturdy, textured card folders that close with a hand-dyed silk ribbon.
This means that they make lovely gifts as well as providing a home for
your work in between stitching sessions.