Joy Christmas
Cross Stitch Ornament

Few words can describe in some small way the emotions of Christmas. Among those is "Joy!"

In this series of Christmas Cross Stitch designs, I'll try to depict some of the words that describe "the reason for the season." While Christmas may have become highly commercialized in the popular culture, in our hearts Jesus still reigns supreme.

We pause often to remember that, and, in the midst of the blare of piped-in store muzak and television ads that equate love with size of the gift, listen for that "still small voice" in sharp relief.

How to Use It

  • These designs combine beauty and sophistication with ease of stitching. They're great projects for beginners or young stitchers, while the experienced will appreciate how many they can complete in a small amount of time.
  • They make great gifts for coworkers, teachers, friends, family--one at a time or as a set.
  • Though we've stitched these as ornaments, they can also be used on napkins, towels, table runners, any place your imagination takes you.
Reverse Side

Have fun stitching!

Design details for
Christmas cross stitch

Stitch Count: 34 high x 34 wide

Fabric and Approximate Finished Design Sizes:
9 ct. Aida 3 3/4" high x 3 3/4" wide
11 ct. Aida 3 1/8" high x 3 1/8" wide
14 ct. Aida 2 3/8" high x 2 3/8" wide

For other Fabric and Finished Design Sizes, let our handy stitch count table do the calculations for you.

I embroidered "Christmas Ornament - Joy" on 14-count Aida with DMC 6-strand cotton floss, accented it with gold Kreinik Metallic floss. The front and back were stitched on two separate squares, then connected with half stitches. The ornament was padded, then finished off with a gold ribbon hanger and surrounding fringe.

Stitch complexity

Metallic half stitches on top of the cross stitches add sparkle to the bulb. For detailed stitch diagrams, click on the "How to..." button on the left menu.

Click here for your free printable Joy Christmas Ornament with instructions, stitch count and floss numbers. A new window will open so you can continue browsing here.

You can print all 10 pages of the file or just the pages you wish. You can also save the file to your hard drive for later printing.

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