The Christmas Cross Stitch Alphabet is one of those designs that can stand alone.
It would make a great holiday greeting card, tree ornament, bookmark or whatever you can imagine.
Consider surrounding the text with a candy cane border.
You could also combine it with an appropriately whimsical Christmas-themed design.
This design is stitched on 18-count Aida over two threads. I used DMC floss.
For the upper case letters, numbers (those with candy canes) and punctuation (those stitched in red):
For the lower case letters, numbers and punctuation (those in green without candy canes):
The letters backstitched with 2 strands have a fuller, more rounded shape. If you prefer the appearance of the lower case letters backstitched with a single thread, do the same for the upper case letters. The reverse is true for the lower case letters; backstitching with 2 strands fills in the letters more.
You can also eliminate the backstitches on the green altogether, leaving them to look like the needles on a Christmas tree.
These letters have varying widths. The upper case letters range from 3 to 6 stitches wide. Most lower case letters are 3 stitches wide, but they range from 1 (i, l) to 5 (w).
Learn any unfamiliar stitches by clicking on the above links or on the "How To..." button on the left menu of the Better Cross Stitch Patterns Home page. Check out my French Knot video for an easy way to make this sometimes difficult knot.
For more help on selecting and adapting cross stitch alphabets, click on the "Alphabet 123s" button on the left menu of the Home page, or click here to learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabets.
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