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Make It : A Cross-Stitch Ornament from Chez Sucre Chez

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Today's guest post comes to us from Kimberly Scola of Chez Sucre ChezKimberly is an artist specializing in modern cross-stitch and embroidery. See more of her work here or visit her shop to find completed stitched work, as well as DIY kits and projects. 

Growing up, my sister and I were always given two gifts that we were allowed to unwrap the night before Christmas; one was a nightgown or pajamas (and they were usually matching), and the other was an ornament for the tree. The PJs we outgrew, both in size and in tradition. But the ornament collections are still cherished.

A few years ago, I started making and giving ornaments to my mother on Christmas Eve. And just as I love unwrapping and remembering the ones I was given as a child, I love seeing the ones I've made over the years hanging on the tree. The deer in the pattern for this ornament was inspired by ones I studied on the samplers of Pennsylvania German women from the 1800's. I love its classic simplicity.

This ornament project can easily be stitched up in under an hour. And, the supply requirements are little, so if you have cross-stitch materials on hand, this is a good project to use up some of that spare aida, embroidery floss, and collected ribbon! 


A piece of 14 count Aida cloth, no smaller than 4x4 inches,

3 inch embroidery hoop

Blunt-tip tapestry or cross-stitch needle

Embroidery floss (at least 24 inches)

Ribbon (at least 10 inches)


Cross-stitch pattern- click here to download!

Split your 6-strand embroidery floss and thread two strands onto your needle.

Find the center point of your aida cloth by folding first lengthwise and then widthwise and then pinching the center crease. When you open it back up, you'll see your fold lines, which indicate where your center is. Find the center point on your pattern (the small blue dot) - this is where you will start.

Working row by row in counted cross-stitch, make the reindeer. Follow the stitch guides on the pattern to make the 2012 -- or, if you prefer, you can leave out that detail.

When completed, take your work off the hoop and iron it flat. Replace the hoop, centered, and tighten the screw of the hoop hardware.

Use scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the back.

Thread a ribbon through the hoop hardware and tie it as you see fit.


Thank you, Kimberly!

Comments (4)

  • You could add a name & use it as a gift tag, or as a napkin ring.

  • This is a delightful little pattern. Looking forward to making one.

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  • Thank you so much I want to try cross stitch and these pictures and directions are wonderful. How would you enclose the back?
    Thank you Linda

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