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New month, new pattern! These Christmas bells will fit in with your holiday decor with ease.
Ahh, the holidays. I just love creating Christmas cross stitch patterns in particular. There are so many ideas to choose from that it’s hard to narrow them down long enough to get one finished. But, after a few years of committing to releasing one new pattern per month, I’m keeping good on that goal with this latest design of festive holiday bells.
The trick to designing cross stitch patterns is striking the right balance. On the one hand, the design has to be simple enough to be identifiable despite that it’s essentially a pixel grid of little blocks of color. On the other hand, it also needs to be interesting enough to want to complete. I think this one strikes a nice balance for the holiday season: it’s classic Christmas colors of green, red, and gold; it is simple enough to complete between now and Christmas; and it will fit in nicely with a variety of other decorations you may be putting up around the house.
Earlier this year, I met one of my goals for cross stitch beginners: I created a simple beginner guide for how to cross stitch. Even though it’s not as robust as the full video series that will be coming out (working on launching it next year), it will provide a solid introduction. Cross stitch is incredibly simple and beginner friendly, so if you’ve never done cross stitch before but wanted to give it a try, you can begin right here and give it a chance. Now, onto this month’s pattern!
And one more thing: this is your LAST month to get 2019 patterns before they go in the membership vault! After a few years of sharing patterns with you guys, keeping the older patterns up wound up being quite a lot for my little cross stitch library. As much as I am thrilled that you guys have embraced these patterns and I’ve been so encouraged to keep it going, it has always been my intention that these patterns would be for fun. I’ve realized over time that maintaining a library where I have to keep up with years and years of archives and the problem-solving got to be a little too time-consuming. So, I’ve put a cap on older patterns to keep it manageable. (I may tighten up that open window even more in the future, but it’s always about the workload of that vs. other things I have going on, and there is a LOT in the pipeline right now that you won’t want to miss!)
About this Christmas Bells Cross Stitch Pattern
- Designed for 14 count Aida (can be done on higher count to shrink total size of design)
- Full counted cross stitches only
- 2 strands per stitch
- DMC floss colors: 24
- Size: approximately 6 in. x 6.1 in. (15.2 cm x 15.4 cm)
- 84 x 85 stitches
P.S. Speaking of Christmas. Part of my new membership program (coming soon!) will include several bundles that are exclusively Christmas patterns. I’m even planning on doing a series of snow globe designs if that sounds like something you’d love. Click here to join the wait list so you’ll be the first to know when the membership is open and get exclusive early bird pricing.
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