Project Idea: Christmas Wreath (Stitch It Up chart #1)

Each week we share a project stitched with products from our most recent StitchyBox shipment, to help spark your creativity and get you stitching! Want to see your own project featured here, and receive a free StitchyBox shipment to boot? Check out our Project Model Stitcher program!

This week's project idea is Christmas Wreath, the very first chart from our Stitch It Up add-on subscription, designed by Lindsay Lane Designs:

The Stitch It Up charts are designed to go along with items found in each StitchyBox shipment, but you could always easily pull threads and fabric from your stash to stitch this little chart up. Our two models (above) give you some ideas for personalization - on the blue model (left), I replaced the stitched ribbon in the wreath with a small bow made of actual silk ribbon from the Royal Academy shipment, and "stitched" the snowflakes with beads. On the white model, I added a Hillcreek handdyed button (from our Buttoned Up add-on subscription) and stitched the snowflakes in gold kreink metallic thread, so they wouldn't disappear against the white fabric. 

Christmas Wreath is available in the shop, along with lots of the supplies we used to stitch these models

As always, I'd love to see what you are working on this week - your WIPs, your finishes, and your UFOs. Leave us a comment below with a link or a photo so we can take a peek :)

Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Royal Academy Supply Shop is Now Open

With the new add-on subscriptions starting with the Royal Academy shipment, there's a whole lot to see in the latest Supply Shop! We have a limited amount of extra fabric, threads, embellishments, as well as buttons, bling and charts from our new add-on subscriptions. You can shop using the widget below, or by heading over to the Royal Academy Supply Shop here. Happy Shopping!

Christmas Cabin Project Idea: Nikyscreations' A B Christmas tree

Since this was a Christmas-themed box, of course I had to select something ornament-sized for our first project! This was an easy stitch that only took a few hours to complete.

Chart Source: Nikyscreations A B Christmas (Candy Cane Stitchers FB group); Materials Source: Christmas Cabin Mini-Box

Chart Source: Nikyscreations A B Christmas (Candy Cane Stitchers FB group); Materials Source: Christmas Cabin Mini-Box

To get this chart, you'll need to join the Candy Cane Stitchers group on Facebook. All the previous releases can be found in the Files section of the group once your membership request is accepted. And while you are over on Facebook, be sure to check out the Star-Spangled Stitchers and Pumpkin Seed Stitchers groups - run by the same admin team, they feature monthly free charts with patriotic and Halloween themes respectively.

To stitch this project you'll need (all found in the Christmas Cabin box):

  • Conifer fabric from Picture This Plus - there are no partial stitches in this chart, so you can use Aida, lugana or linen. Our model was stitched on 14 count Aida
  • DMC 6-strand cotton floss, #B5200
  • Classic Colorworks silk floss, Tulip
  • Dragonflylotus Designs Mulberry Collection floss, Walnut

The substitution I used for this chart is pretty straight-forward - the only color change I made was switching the green tree for a white one. If you wanted to use additional colors in your project, you could always stitch the various birds in alternating colors.

Even straight-forward projects offer opportunities for personalization, however. Take a look at my two red birds. While stitching the bird on the left, I just worked back and forth, row by row, and let the color variation fall where it may. After seeing what I ended up with (lovely, but nothing real exciting), I purposefully stitched the right side bird by following the curve of the bird's breast with the lighter part of the thread, and then filling in the rest with the darker sections. While it's not a huge difference, I do really love how that right-side bird turned out!

Have you started stitching with your Christmas Cabin box yet? We'd love to see your projects! Leave us a comment here, and when you post photos to social media be sure to use the #SBChristmasCabin and #StitchyBox hashtags!

Check back next week, when we'll talk about ideas for the quilting fabric you found in your box, and the initials E. P and P.