Who can look at holly and not think of Christmas! That is what Alphabet 17 celebrates, Christmas and all that goes with it. Snowflakes, divinity, nutcrackers and the scent of evergreen.
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This is one of those alphabets where the letters and the words are the design. Add a simple holly border and this makes a Christmas greeting card suitable for framing.
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Sometimes even alphabets need to be stitched to work out the kinks. Once I designed the first couple of letters, I knew I needed to get out my needle and floss to make sure that what I was seeing in my mind looked the same on fabric.
"Alphabet 17 - Christmas Holly" features bright, bold two-tone red letters accented with spiked, green holly branches. Kreinik metallic gold floss outlines the white holly berries. When stitched on 14-count Aida, with DMC floss:
Use Kreinik Metallic floss for the holly outlines:
These letters have varying widths, but most upper case letters are 6 or 7 stitches wide.
This easy-to-stitch alphabet uses only full cross stitches and backstitches. The green holly branches maintain a spiked appearance specifically because they are not outlined with backstitches.
Learn any unfamiliar stitches by clicking on the "How To..." button on the left menu, then select tutorial links at the bottom of the page.
Use the same colors as reflected in the design, or substitute ones of your own.
If using fabric with a different thread count, you may need to adjust the number of strands of floss you'll use. To help you decide, click the "How To..." button on the left menu. At the bottom of the page, you'll find a "Floss Coverage and Why it Matters" link.
This page shows cross stitch examples using from one to six strands on fabric with different thread counts. Still uncertain? Work a few sample stitches in the corner of your fabric.
Follow these tips when using the Kreinik Metallic gold floss, or any other brand of metallic floss or blending filiment:
Learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabets by clicking on the "Alphabet 123s" button on the left menu, or click here.
Learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabets by clicking on the "Alphabet 123s" button on the left menu.