It’s Christmas Time!

It's Christmas time! And for this check-in with the three-weekly SAL, I've decided to show you what I have been stitching - Christmas decorations! As usual, they aren't finished yet, but my 'Christmas postcards' have been fun to design and stitch up.

It’s Christmas Time! And that means handmade decorations

My poor clutch has taken a back seat again. But I have been stitching! So I thought it would be a good time to show you my Christmas decorations I’ve been stitching up this year. In true form, they are still not completed! Last year’s were finished just before we went to midnight service, so I guess there is still time!

This year’s decorations are – Christmas postcards!

In one of the advent calendars last year, there were five little buttons which to me, look a lot like postage stamps. So, the idea for Christmas postcards was born!

The best part about these is that I haven’t had to buy any new supplies – it is all from my ‘stash’. I have had to make a few changes along the way as I run out of some supplies. But, all in all, I’m quite happy about this!

A Postcard for my little four legged friend

The first ‘card’ I stitched up was for my little dog – and I thought Rudolph would be a good fit for him! I think this is actually my favourite of all the designs. I just love how his big red nose worked out!

hand embroidered Christmas decoration in the form of a postcard by Catherine of Hillview Embrodiery

A Postcard for my hubby

Next up is one for my hubby. Everyone I have told thinks this is quite funny, but for him – The Grinch! As I was trying to keep the stitching to a minimum on all these, getting the hair (or is it fur?) to go in all different directions was a tad difficult with this one. I stem stitched the outline, and then put some straight stitches through it for the random hair.

hand embroidered Christmas decoration in the form of a postcard by Catherine of Hillview Embroidery

Next up – a card for myself!

And to complete our little family, I decided that I shouldn’t be left out of the cards. So I stitched up ‘Santa Steve’ for mine.

You are probably wondering who on earth ‘Santa Steve’ is. You will find a photo of the ‘real’ Santa Steve in this post. Essentially, he is a little bear I made years ago, that somewhere along the line got the name of ‘Santa Steve’. There is also Esmee the Elf to help him out too. But Santa Steve (along with all the other decorations), are right at the back of the storage cage. So I decided since we weren’t going to be here for Christmas this year, I’d just stitch a postcard reminder of him instead!

hand embroidered Christmas decoration in the form of a postcard by Catherine of Hillview Embroidery

A slow Christmas

Since there were five ‘postage stamps’, and everyone in our little family now had a postcard, I thought I should stitch up a few ‘generic’ cards.

First up, is a little Christmas snail.

hand embroidered Christmas decoration in the form of a postcard by Catherine of Hillview Embroidery

And lastly…

The as yet unfinished ‘Christmas time’ card, with a variety of things we associate with Christmas (that I could draw!).

hand embroidered Christmas decoration in the form of a postcard by Catherine of Hillview Embroidery

They still need to be made into cards!

You will notice that at present, they are still not ‘cards’ as such. I still need to lace them around some card and put a backing on that. I tried to find some nice ‘Christmas’ fabric, but the one shop I went to had an awful supply, so I’ve decided the stars fabric I have will be more than sufficient.

So maybe next year we will have these dotted around the house. I will finish the stitching of the final decoration, but as we are about to leave to drive to Melbourne for Christmas, I don’t like my chances of them being finished for this Christmas! Maybe we can have them for New Years.

Join the others!

This is our final catch up of 2018! I hope you have a lovely (and safe) Christmas and festive break.

Do also make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! There is always so much to see, and is a great and lovely time catching up with everyone. If you would like to join, please get in touch with Avis, and she will give you all the details.

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46 thoughts on “It’s Christmas Time!”

    1. Thanks Sally. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. It is certainly hot! I’m looking forward to late next week when I might finally be able to get some stitching done. All the best for 2019. I look forward to seeing your next creations.

  1. Have a lovely Christmas Catherine! Love your idea of the postcards. Do send a link of your post to Once upon une fois/atelier 196 who did the advent calendar. I am sure they would love to see what you have done with it.

    1. Thanks so much! The snail is quite a cutie. I’ve got lots of stitching plans for the next year. Fingers crossed I get the time to stitch them up! All the best for 2019.

  2. They are delightful, Catherine! The Grinch would be most appropriate for my Fella too! Enjoy Christmas in Melbourne (we have turned on some beautiful weather for you) and have a creative, stitch-filled 2019.

  3. I don’t know where in Australia you’re spending Christmas, but I hope you’ve brought both cool clothes and gumboots! I shall raise a glass to you at Chrissy breakie tomorrow 🙂

  4. I love these cards — especially that snail! I think we could all use a slow and relaxing Christmas, couldn’t we? Here’s wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2019!

  5. I love you Christmas postcards, they’re all so cute – although I’m partial to the Grinch myself. I’m curious if you use any type of stablilizer? I’ve flirted with hand embroidery but I’ve found that it tends to buckle my fabric.

    1. I tend to always use a backing fabric like calico. I use a hoop or frame to keep it tight and the tension even whilst stitching. Just be careful to tighten both fabrics! You can also use an iron on interfacing for smaller pieces. Hope that helps!

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With a Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery from the RSN, I strive to complete each piece to a high degree of technical excellence. But I also like to stretch the ‘rules’ and explore my own methods and techniques!

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