Monday, October 17, 2011

A Nutcracker Christmas

Nothing says Christmas like a Nutcracker...except maybe mince pies...or tinsel, but I digress! Nutcrackers are defintiely Christmassy (is that even a word?!!)

So here we have a Nutcracker Christmas....


There are eight different nutcrackers in this set which you can see here

So let me tell you about the designs. Full cross stitch only (no half stitches) back stitch details and some designs have french knots. I decided to put the greeting on the side just to make it a bit different. You can swap the greetings around if you prefer one nutcracker but a different greeting - they are all interchangeable.


There are some french knots in this design, in the border...


And also on the uniform...


But, of course, if you don't like french knots, then beads would look great in this design too. Or you could just leave them out altogether...whatever works for you!

Now one of the many great things about these designs is that it would be very easy to use up any left over thread you have, and change the colours in the uniforms, making each piece totally unique! Another great thing about this set of designs is that they although they were designed to give to anyone, they are so suitable to give to males for christmas. I don't know about you, but I think finding designs that are suitable for males is almost impossible! But this set fits the bill.

The designs are quick to stitch up but make quite a large card as you can see pictured here with a skein of thread.



And if all that isn't enough, I have something more to show you! Do you ever wonder what people do with your hand stitched cards when Christmas is over? Do you wish they could re-use  that card over and over again?  Well now they can! And here's the secret....

Take the Nutcracker designs from www.tangledthreadsonline.com (shameless plug there!!) and do this...



Stitch the nutcracker onto plastic canvas (regular aida would work well also). Carefully cut round the design one square from the stitching. Cover the back with white card or felt, if desired (if using aida, stiff card would be best to use in this step). Stitch the border design and greeting on a separate piece of aida as indicated on the chart. I cut and frayed the aida three squares from the edge of the stitched border and attached it to a card I had layered with card stock (see picture above.) Attach the nutcracker using sticky foam mounting dots like this...


This gives your card a wonderful 3D effect.


And of course, now your asking 'So how can this be used again and again?'....well, like this....



Ta-da!!! Just remove the nutcracker from the card and it becomes a christmas tree ornament! How cool is that?!!

Isn't it nice to know that your hard work will be used and admired year after year.

Of course, if you wanted to, you could miss out the card making part and  just stitch them as christmas tree ornaments and have a complete set of matching nutcrackers on your tree! 

Remember..... it's never too early to start stitching for Christmas!

Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona

3 comments:

cucki said...

wow..this is so sweet and a very clever idea..
love for you always xxx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Your nutcracker looks great!
I passed a fellow blogger onto you as she loves nutcrackers.
Always glad to be an enabler!

butterfly said...

Wow clever you i love your idea and the nut cracker your stitching is beautiful.

Have a great week.