If you have been following along for any length of time you probably know that one of my holiday traditions is to create a cross stitch ornament pattern which I teach as a class at ReBelle every December. The day after the class (or in this case, the week after the class,) I release the pattern here along with the updates for my previous ornament patterns. For the past few years, the theme of the ornament design has been a reflection of something from my year. This year's design is a toadstool which represents my deep dive into learning about, drawing, and painting mushrooms this year. I also added a new technique to the design this year- blending threads. To do the shading on the base of the toadstool, you will want to hold one strand of 3046 (rye beige) with one strand of 801 (dark beige brown.) Blending thread colors creates a more subtle change between sections giving your finished piece a little more depth.
|Printable patterns can be found here.
6" square of 14ct Aida
5 colors of floss
white, 320, 321, 3046, 801, & 3046 blend (held together with 801)
3" embroidery hoop
#24 tapestry needle
The project takes about 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.
And as usual, I updated all of the older patterns with the current date so if you missed any of them or just want to update and old favorite, here is the complete collection in a printable and downloadable form. I hope you enjoy making these.