Cross-Stitch Santa

This ornament can double as a package tie to spruce up gift wrap.

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What You Need:

Send Santa on his merry way.
  • 7 x 8-inch piece of 14-count white Aida cloth
  • Cotton embroidery floss in colors listed in the color key
  • Kreinik blending filament in colors listed in the color key
  • Size 24 tapestry needle
  • 7 x 8-inch piece of medium-weight fusible interfacing
  • Kreinik gold Japan thread
  • Small sharp scissors
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Instructions:

1. Download the pattern and color key. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Cross-Stitch Santa pattern and color key

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2. Prepare fabric. Zigzag-stitch or overcast the raw edges of the Aida cloth to prevent fraying. Find the center of the chart and the center of the fabric; begin stitching there.

3. Work cross-stitching. Use 3 plies of floss or 4 strands of blending filament to work all cross-stitches. Work the backstitches using 1 ply of black floss. Place the finished stitchery face down on a soft towel, and press from the back.

4. Create ornament. Fuse the medium-weight interfacing to the wrong side of the stitchery. Using small sharp scissors, trim the stitchery one square beyond the stitched area of the design.

5. Add a hanger. Thread the needle with one strand of Japan thread. Thread the Japan thread through the top center back of the ornament; knot the ends.

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