In this episode, I am going to share 10 fun and festive supplies for Christmas cross stitching.
I love crafting over Christmas and of course, cross stitch is my favourite! These are the supplies that I always have out over Christmas.
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10 Supplies for Christmas Cross Stitching
1. Pom-Pom Trim
I use pom-pom trim around my hoops to give them that fun and almost child-like finish. Of course, I usually go for red but you can get so many colours to make your Christmas hoop.
You get red pom-pom trim in some of my kits. And I also found amazing glitter Christmas pom-pom trim on Amazon here.*
You can also use it if you are making a garland as I do in this tutorial. Although it is a Summer garland I am planning on making a Christmas one too and using some mustard/gold pom-pom trim to hang it up.
You could also use just normal pom-poms and attach them to the screw of your hoop (I have a photo of this below). I loved making pom-poms as a child.
2. Aperture Cards
Aperture cards are cards that have a hole cut out in the front where you can place a cross stitch design. They are perfect for making handmade cards at Christmas, and I have a tutorial on how to make cross stitch Christmas cards that you can read here (there are also some free patterns there too).
There are different sizes and shapes of cards that you can get, as I show you below.
3. Ribbon and/or twine
Ribbon and/or bakers twine is great for hanging up your Christmas decorations. I have so much Christmas ribbon and twine I probably won’t need to buy any more again… ever!
My favourite twine for Christmas is one that has some glitter running throughout like the 3 listed below. And the best part is that any leftover from crafting you can use to wrap presents in.
4. Christmas bag or pouch
If you have followed me a while you know I love me a project pouch and the ones from Sarah Ashford Studio are amazing! I have lots of hers already and she sometimes makes me custom ones to sell at Hannah Hand Makes. Right now you can grab a “Countdown to Christmas” project pouch here. (It’s part of a stitch-a-long (SAL) I’m running but you can get the pouch without joining the SAL).
I also have plain red cotton bags that you can get here. These are good because you can also stitch on them! I have a tutorial for that here. Or you can follow my cross stitching on clothes tutorial as the same methods apply.
5. Christmas embroidery threads
Ahh I love Christmas embroidery threads! The glitters, metallics and all the Christmas colours!
Below is a list of my favourite DMC threads. You can find cotton DMC threads at Love Crafts here*, Etoile/glitter threads here*, and Light Effects thread here*.
I am not saying you need all of these colours but pick and choose a few for a fun and festive cross stitch design.
You can find other DMC colour palettes here.
6. Christmas coloured cross stitch fabric
I believe the best colours for cross stitch fabric at Christmas are red, green, grey, white, navy and/or “flecked”. And also, natural linen looks beautiful too!
You can find 14 count red and green aida at Love Crafts here*, and 16 count navy aida here*.
The flecked aida is white aida with silver metallic threads running throughout it to give it some extra sparkle that is perfect for Christmas stitching! You can find it here*.
Cream/natural coloured linen is also a great option for Christmas cross stitch, giving your design a more traditional finish to it. You can get beautiful linen from Love Crafts here* (my favourite colours are flax and raw).
7. Perforated stitch shapes
I just love these baubles from Cloud Craft that are shaped like a mitten, jumper and tree. You can stitch whatever you want on them and hang them on the tree. They are also great for the kids to stitch on while you’re doing other projects. I got set each for my kids this year.
I also love these stitchy gift tags, again from Cloud Craft. Stitch initials on them or little heart shapes and you can even ask for them back to reuse because no one will want to throw a tag away that you stitched on!
I love adding bells to my cross stitch projects. You can tie them onto the ribbon that you are using to hang your hoop up (I do this on all of my Christmas hoops), you can make a bell garland to hang around your framed design or follow what someone in my Facebook group did and stitch them directly onto the aida! It looked so good and I can’t wait to try it on some projects this year.
9. Christmas coloured felt
Felt can come in handy for all kinds of things related to cross stitch. The 2 main ways you can use it is to back your hoops after you have finished stitching them (I have a tutorial for that here) and you can also make felt decorations to add to your design. I show you how to make easy felt flowers to add to your cross stitch here.
You can even get glitter felt! I get all of my felt from Cloud Craft and she has Christmas collections here.
And of course, you need some patterns to stitch! There are so many patterns and kits to stitch at Christmas and I recommend some in this cross stitch gift guide.
But for now, I will stick with my own, and you can always search Etsy for Christmas patterns and gifts or check out magazines such as Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitcher.
You can shop my Christmas collection on Etsy here. Or what about joining my Countdown to Christmas SAL? It has already started but you can still join in. Just head over here to check it out.
And something FREE for you. You can get 3 free patterns by signing up here and one of them is a Christmas Fox.
I hope you enjoyed this post about fun and festive cross stitch supplies and that you have fun making your Christmas cross stitch designs this year and jazzing them up with some of the things I mention here.