This autumn’s honeysuckle berries provided the patterns and colours for the Christmas Collage. I included the honeysuckle berries in the collage itself. They give an added dimension to the image. What a great fabric postcard this collage would make, especially with a few clear crystal beads added.
Silk…..these collages were published in the McCall’s Needlework Fall/Winter 1973/74 magazine….. is the fabric of choice for many thread artists now. What a great way to practice your stitches using these two patterns. Although they are over 30 years old they still hold up today. The patterns could also be done on wool felt or painted cottons. Colours could be chosen to match your home’s interior decorations. Box frames would give them a completely new look.
Here is one pattern. If you want both patterns you can download them here, in PDF format:
Embroidered Silk Collages, McCall’s Needlework Fall/Winter 1973/74 magazine
These figures were published in the McCall’s Needlework Fall/Winter 1959/60 magazine. They were stamped on paper (the lower photo) as well as on wood for free standing decorations. With the new medium for carving stamps I can see these modernized and stamped onto a Christmas wall hanging or table runner. They could also be used for redwork embroidery and beading. I have posted Mary, Joseph and Jesus here.
You can download the full set of Christmas family, shepherds, wisemen and animals here:Christmas Story Stamp Patterns
Ginger and Snap, gingerbread cookie paper dolls, have come along just in time for Christmas. They are an early Christmas present to all. They live at the North Pole with Mr. and Mrs. Santa. They love helping around the house as well as working with the reindeer. Cocoa and cookies are their favourite North Pole snack.
Here are line drawings of both Ginger and Snap to colour. They will print out on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet. Don’t forget to give both of them ‘white icing’ decorations. Have fun this Christmas.