2020 - The year I set Santa ablaze

For a printable version of the pattern, click here
Every year in December I teach an intro to cross stitch workshop at ReBelle where we make holiday ornaments, this workshop is my excuse for creating a new ornament design every year. Despite all of my classes and workshops being cancelled for the year, I find myself wanting to keep this tradition alive. 2020 has been a year of literal and figurative fires so it seemed appropriate that this year's ornament reflect that so I set Santa on fire, as you do. This is an intermediate pattern, there are 24 quarter stitches, two french knots, and a fair amount of back stitching. If that feels a bit spicy for you or you would rather stitch something more traditional, I also included updates for the previous years' designs that range in difficulty from absolute beginner to intermediate. Whichever you choose, I hope the meditative practice of stitching brings you some peace in a time of chaos. Happy Holidays!!

Click here for a printable version.

6" square of 14ct Aida
7 colors of floss
     310, 666, 700, 444, 225, 741, white
3" embroidery hoop
#24 tapestry needle

The project takes 2-3 hours depending on your skill level. My favorite finishing technique for this type of ornament is to create a fabric back. You can check out my tutorial on that method here
The complete pattern collection can be found here

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