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Dec 23, 2013

I love my Christmas cross-stitch. The mat is cut in a tree shape and it's in a gold frame.
I made this in the fall of 1994.
I'm a multi-crafter. I started crafting in earnest with cross-stitching, which I did for years. My Christmas tree sampler, shown at right, is my pride and joy.

I've also been known to sew a tote bag or twenty, and at 5' 2" tall, I'm a professional at hemming pants!

But, of course, knitting is my main hobby now. But papercrafting is a close second. I try to make all of the cards I send, which is especially fun at Christmas! I rarely mass-produce cards; I make each one a little work of art, designed especially for the recipient. I know that it's really Christmas season when I get out all of my papercrafting supplies and start designing cards, with carols playing in the background.

I want to bring my papercrafting and knitting together this year, and luckily, that's easier than it sounds because yarn is a fabulous crafting material. The following two ideas are quick and FUN!

The Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts editors experimented with yarn for the 2010 issue. Just look how wonderful their cards turned out!

1. Lightly pencil a simple, continuous-line drawing onto a blank card.

2. Squeeze a thin line of glue onto the drawing and let it sit for a minute or so until it's tacky. (Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue works great, and it has a small tip that's perfect for this application.)

3. Working in short sections, follow lay the yarn on top of the tacky glue and
press lightly to help it adhere. Use a toothpick or tweezers to nudge the
yarn around corners.

Note: For more complicated designs, like the snowflake shown above, you may
need to work in sections so your glue doesn't dry completely before you get
to the yarn application step!

Here's another one from the Gifts editors: a holiday decoration for yourself, or one to give!
1. Purchase inexpensive cardboard or wood letters at a craft store.

2. Spreading sections with a very thin layer of white glue as you work, wrap the letters with with yarn. Change directions as necessary for even coverage or to make a neat design.

Note: You can cut letters out of foamcore, but I find this process easier said than done. Corrugated cardboard would work, too, but I prefer to buy
ready-made letters so I can get to the yarn-wrapping fun faster!

My dining room table is awash with last-minute crafts, cards to address, and gifts to wrap. And, for all of my planning ahead, I still have a couple gifts to buy. I think I'll get gift cards; if you choose well for the person you're buying for, a gift card can be a wonderful surprise. In fact, we have them available for the Knitting Daily Shop, and what knitter wouldn't be thrilled with that?


P.S. Have you made any non-knitting yarn crafts? Leave a comment and tell us about them!

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NastyH wrote
on Dec 23, 2013 10:09 AM

Beautiful cross stitch piece.  Before I "went blind" my main craft was cross stitching.  Oh, how I miss it.  Thank goodness I had knitting to fall back on, though, and I find that knitting is just as rewarding as cross stitching.  Quite challenging, too.  I enjoy trying new stitches and new ways of doing old things.

Merry Christmas and happy crafting, whatever that craft may be.

Pappette wrote
on Dec 23, 2013 9:19 AM

Kathleen, how marvelous.  I have the same cross-stitch tree.  Mine is in a red wooden 'mat' and a gold frame.  So glad to see that someone else treasures this design.

cryannayon wrote
on Dec 23, 2013 8:10 AM

Kathleen:  not only do I love knitting and card crafting but I also quilt -- all three hobbies have functionality.  And all three of these crafts come together by using yarn (knitting), paper (card stamping/crafting), and by using the continuous line quilt designs (quilting) that are in all the quilt books.   Thank you for a great idea and one that I can take to my card crafting group.

Have a Merry Christmas!!

on Dec 23, 2013 8:00 AM

Katherine, I too have been a multi-crafter all my life.  I remember as a little girl, helping my mom decorate matchbook covers with beads and such (everyone smoked back in the 60's).  Cheesecloth angels we spray painted gold.  Giant tissue paper flowers.  Cross stitch followed at about 7 years old.  You know the rest of this story.  My daughter must have gotten the crafty gene too as she is in college majoring in Costume Design!

Thank you for your wonderful posts.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours,