Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Christmas Cross Stitch Bunting

Earlier in the year when I was gathering things for my surprise giveaway I came across some lovely little Christmas cross stitch kits and bought some to include in the giveaway.  Of course I then regretted not buying any for myself.  When I returned to get some more, there were more kits for sale - and on sale too!  So I bought a few for me.   Well, 12 actually!  Eeeek!!

Each one is about 3 inches square although the pictures are smaller than that of course.  Once I had sewed them all up I needed to decide what to turn them into.  I had thought of making some sort of a picture, but that didn't seem right and then I hit upon the idea of making them into flags for Christmas bunting.

I bought some green crocheted lace that was stiffened and some red trim to hang the flags from and decided to sew each little cross stitch to a piece of the lace and then sew them all together.  The plan was then to hang them across my mantelpiece.

Once I started sewing them all together I realised that the finished piece was going to be far too long to go across the mantelpiece as each flag is about 6 inches square, and times that by twelve, well, it is very long!  Right now they still don't have a home, but I expect that I will hang them across the curtain pole in our dining area.

So, would you like to see them!







Here they are all together.


This is the other way round.


They were lots of fun to make that is sure and kept my heart and hands occupied earlier in the year when I needed to be busy!  Even if I don't hang them up right now, I will be grateful for the occupation they provided me with.

Amy

54 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of work, what a wonderful thing. Something to treasure always, I imagine it will always be a pleasure to unpack it every year and see all of your beautiful stitches. A great idea to turn the pictures into bunting as well. Lovely. CJ xx

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  2. They are so lovely and how clever of you to do it earlier in the year when there is no time pressure. I am going to try and do that next year ��

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  3. That's so pretty, I am not so good with cross stitch but have made it look so beautiful.XX

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  4. Hi Amy! I absolutely love your adorable ooak bunting! The little cross stitched pictures are so cute and they look so charming mounted on that pretty green crochet. What a beautiful decoration!!! xo Paulette

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  5. I'm not usually a great fan of cross stitch but these are absolutely adorable and mad fabulous bunting.

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  6. They are lovely Amy I hope you find a place to hang them it would be a great shame not too :)

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  7. What a clever and really attractive way to use these little cross-stitches Amy. It will be a favourite for many a Christmas to come, I am sure. Happy decorating xxx

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  8. It's a lovely thing to make, I hope you find a place to hang it, it would be a shame not to after all that hard work. I have those cross stitch kits too, bought when they were 3for2.

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  9. Hello Amy,

    Your Christmas hangings are beautiful and so unique. The little cross stitch pictures are so adorable and look stunning mounted.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  10. I love it. I too, hope you can find somewhere to display it. Too pretty to tuck away!

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  11. Oh, that's wonderfully festive bunting. I'm sure it will look fab wherever you decide to hang it.

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  12. Cute little Christmas images! That's a lot of work Amy and will look sweet across a window or curtain rod. Beautiful!

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  13. So bright and Cheery Amy, really lovely, Kate xx

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  14. beautiful bunting and I love how you melded cross stitch and crochet! Clever :)

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  15. I'm surprised you are not boggley eyed with all that tiny stitching!
    Jane x

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  16. Amy, they are absolutely gorgeous! :) I love how the green lace frames them. My sister loves to cross stitch, and sometimes mounts them on cards to send at Christmas. x

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  17. Amy, so cute and they look great on the lace. I'm sure you will think of some way to display them.

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  18. They're really lovely, you must hang them, I'm sure you can find a space somewhere.

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  19. these are beautiful love they way you are displaying your cross stitch piece-

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  20. Such a nice idea to make those little cross stitch pictures into bunting, it will be lovely and festive hanging up! You did a huge amount of very neat cross stitching there, Amy.....I do agree with you it is a very therapeutic and soothing thing to do! Wishing you a happy December!
    Helen xox

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  21. I'm sure you'll find somewhere suitable to hang them. They are really lovely. I have done a very little bit of cross stitch for Christmas - nothing compared to yours.

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  22. What a great idea and the little cross stitches are lovely, I do hope you find somewhere to put them.

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  23. You know what the first thing was, when I read this post ? Calculator, convert 72 inch into centimeters ;-)))... Oh darn, also too long for my mantel ;-))) !
    Really Amy, this is honestly -without exaggeration - thé prettiest christmas bunting I have éver seen !!! I think I'll try to "copy" some of the patterns by trying to reproduce them from your photos... It is just magnificent...

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  24. It looks like so much work and it came out really lovely. I think it was a very creative way to use the stitched pieces. Enjoy!

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  25. Stunning, a truly beautiful garland.

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  26. Cross stitch is something I've never done but appreciate the amount of work that one puts into it. This is amazingly large and a nice Christmas addition to say a mantel piece. I'm visiting with a very slow service this am and glad I could connect, thank you

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  27. What a lovely idea! I do hope you find somewhere prominent to display it after all that work -it deserves to be admired! x

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  28. That's a lovely project. I loved the robin and the sheep made me laugh!

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  29. What fabulous bunting - you will definitely have to hang it up!

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  30. Wow, Amy - you put a lot of work into this and it is beautiful! Something to treasure as you remember where and when you stitched each piece. I love the green lace background, too. A true labor of love. <3 xo Karen

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  31. Amy they are beautiful! And 12 of them! Haha! Rude not to when they were on sale though! They're lovely, please do photograph them once they have a new home! Do you have banisters you could string them along? They need pride of place :-) xx

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  32. Very cute little cross-stitch pictures, and a great idea to use them as Christmas bunting!
    Maria x

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  33. So cute and beautifully stitched, a lovely idea for Christmas bunting. X

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  34. I really like your Christmas bunting. The cross stitch motifs are so festive. Hope to see a photo of it hanging up soon! x

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  35. Your Christmas cross-stitch is absolutely gorgeous! Love it! Glad you were able to find some kits to make for yourself, Amy.

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  36. It's beautiful, Amy. What a clever idea! :o)

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  37. You are a cross stitch superstar, my cross stitch patience levels are sub-minimal, I wish I was better at it but instead I shall just look at other peoples with envy :o) xxx

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  38. What a fab idea to turn the pictures into bunting - I hope you can find somewhere to hang it up, it'd be a shame not to, after all your hard work! xx

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  39. The cross stitch pictures are really cute, no wonder you wanted to go back for more! The bunting is a great idea, and I hope you can find a good place to hang it ... do you have a banister up your stairs? what about around the top and sides of the inside of your front door? Too cute to hide away for another year. Wendy x

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  40. How adorable! Do you have a mantle to hang them on? I love them! You are very talented and patient. I've tried several times and I would just get tired and quit.

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  41. They are so cute! Nicely done!

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  42. What a cool idea Amy!!! Hang those up right now!!! They are just too perfect and sweet not to have up! I love them!!! Wishing you an outstanding Wednesday!!! You are a rockstar!!! Nicole xo

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  43. Love it!! The cross stitch on the crochet is so pretty. Bunting was a perfect idea. Yay Christmas!!

    Thanks for sharing. ;)

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  44. Great stuff! And I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Amy xxx

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  45. Utterly Christmas pretty friend.
    I agree hang them up.
    Great job.
    Merry Woolie Christmas

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  46. Amy you are a genius! I've got a few x-stitch pics about that size that I never know what to do with, you've inspired me! Where did you get the crochet lace fabric? I love the finished result it's so pretty! xx

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  47. What a fabulous idea Amy. Your cross stitched pictures look gorgeous on the green lace. Hopefully you'll find a place to hang it. P x

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  48. That is so beautiful and a great idea guess what my project for the coming year is:) you have inspired me so much my husband went and bought me the kits as part of my christmas present:)

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  49. What an amazing bunting, it it just so gorgeous.
    Meredith

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  50. Oh, Amy! This is just a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.!!! Beautiful stitching and beautiful design! I know that no matter where you decide to hang it, it will bring joy and Christmas cheer to everyone who sees it! *hugs* :)

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  51. Wow! Just seen this and it looks great! I bought a few of these kits too and made them up into cards or little hanging ornaments, they are great these kits aren't they for a fairly quick cross stitch project to finish. Where did you hang it? Have you a photo of it hanging up?
    Caz xx

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