I’ve been doing needlework since I was a young girl. I started out doing patterns that featured chocolate because I thought that was a fun thing to cross stitch as a young girl. LOL. In fact, my mom just found a couple of “chocolate samplers” that I did when I was younger. Apparently she moved them with her through countless houses. One of the lovely things about needlework is that there are patterns for everything–including the holidays. The Eighth Day of Christmas features pretty holiday needlework like the one you see above–something that is thoughtful, hand-made, and can be used year after year.
My Mom made the Merry Christmas sampler above for me. Each year she likes to make something for my siblings and me. Hand-made gifts are truly the best! In this post, I’m also sharing a few that I’ve done over the years. The bird sampler was made when I was about twelve years old for my grandmother who loved cardinals. The Santa Clause is one of my prized needlework treasures that I made years ago, but it has a big mistake in it because I didn’t estimate correctly how much fabric I needed. If you look closely, you can see where I added a border to hide the fact that I was stitching several pieces of fabric together to finish the pattern. Because it took me so long to make, I framed it and still hang it everywhere and just hope nobody notices.
I started a new Winter sampler this year that I was hoping to finish before Christmas, but it’s going to take me longer than I thought. The pattern was purchased online and was inspired by the traditional embroideries of Sweden. At least it will be ready for next year!
Do you give any hand-made gifts away at Christmas time? I’d love to hear about them! I’ve linked to a few Christmas samplers in the widget below. Let me know which one you want to do.
Finally, if you missed any of the previous Twelve Days of Christmas posts, you can find them by clicking below.
Ninth Day of Christmas
Tenth Day of Christmas
Eleventh Day of Christmas
Twelfth Day of Christmas
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!