The charming little designs used for these tags will bring your sincerest Christmas wishes to all your friends and family. The designs would also make a lovely collection of greetings cards for your favourite people.
You will need
(for one tag)
White 14-count Aida 10.2 x 9cm (4 x 3½in)
Tapestry needle size 24 and a beading needle
DMC stranded cotton (floss) as listed in chart key
Seed beads in red, gold and white
Narrow gold ribbon and gold rickrack braid
1. Start stitching from the centre of the fabric and charted motif and work outwards over one Aida block using two strands of stranded cotton for cross stitch and French knots and one strand for backstitch. Attach the beads using a beading needle, matching thread and half cross stitch.
2. Once the embroidery is complete, trim the fabric to within two rows of the stitching all round and fray the edge back one block. Trim thread ends carefully so they don’t show when the interfacing is fused in place. Cut a piece of interfacing to the shape of the tag and iron it on to the back of the stitching following the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. To make a card tag first cut a piece of coloured card to a tag shape approximately 1.3cm (½in) bigger all round than the trimmed embroidery. Glue the stitching in the centre of the card tag. Decorate the tag by gluing a strip of narrow gold rickrack braid on the card below the stitching, or choose your own embellishments. Finish by punching a hole at the top of the card and looping a length of narrow gold ribbon through the hole for a tie.
This free cross stitch chart is designed by Shirley Toogood, and has been excerpted from A Cross Stitcher’s Countdown to Christmas, published by David & Charles.