{ The Tomten Christmas Band, copyright 2011 A Pint of Cream }

I’ve been squeezing Christmas cross stitch time in between all the other busyness that is our lives at the moment.  It began with the realisation, back in Bootville, that I couldn’t find our Christmas stockings and that, in fact, I hadn’t been able to find them last year either.  Hmmm … I do wonder whether “moving” ever truly finishes!

So, the day before we left Brisbane, after collecting Abby from school, I dragged her along to Amitie with the promise of a Bagelicious smoothie once I had picked out fabric and trim to whip up four new stockings.  Three for us, and one for Mum who has never had a Christmas stocking.  Disappointingly for Abby, Jenny, Judy and I chatted and ooohed and aaahed over the new Sue Spargo ribbon for so long that Bagelicious had closed by the time we got there (never mind, we had frozen raspberries and bananas and yoghurt at home so we made our own smoothies) but I did come home with a clutch of loveliness for the stockings.

I began stitching straight away – all will be simple stockings in lovely coloured linens with natural linen linings, each topped with different and gorgeous bands of Sue, a 4 inch strip of cross stitched linen and a wee trim of lace (from Nana Nicky’s lace suitcase – yep! lace suitcase).  All who observed my feverish stitching noted that the missing stockings were sure to turn up once I had made these new stockings.  And guess what – as I whipped out the bottom drawer on a wardrobe at Mum’s, just before the removalists were about to carry it out to the truck, there were the missing stockings.  :sigh:

But like the Father Christmas quilt, I have now made such good progress on Mum’s and Julian’s (remember – Mum has no stocking and Julian’s is very impersonal) that I’ve decided they simply must be finished in time to hang from the chimney with care.

For Mum’s cross stitched band I used a Danske Julemotiver pattern – the only alteration were the colour choices and the addition of an “A” for Alayne in between my sweet Christmas girlies.

For Julian’s, I got a lot more carried away with the basic pattern in the above leaflet – and ended up working up my own pattern on the computer.  Which is what I have included christmas tomtem band pdf 2 here for you.

{ The Tomten Christmas Band, copyright 2011 A Pint of Cream }

I know, I know, I know … it’s Christmas in less than a week.  But surely I’m not the only silly billy who’s still cheerfully plugging away with her needle.  Perhaps you have a last minute stocking, or a Christmas apron or tea towel or gift bag that needs trimming :-)

It’s sweetly simple and quick to stitch and it’s here for you as a Christmas gift from me.  So, while I’m unpacking boxes and downloading furniture – oops!  arranging furniture! (moving has made my brain go soft – can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought in the last week, “never mind, I’ll just hit edit undo!”) – you can plonk down by the fire or snuggle up in bed or on the sofa with a hot cocoa, or stretch out on the verandah in a nice cool breeze with an iced tea with plenty of ice (depending on what’s going down in your neighbourhood at this time of year) and stitch up some Christmas loveliness.

And think of me.  Sweating and grimy.  With my sore hips and aching back.  WISHING I was sitting in that lovely spot with that lovely drink stitching some Christmas loveliness :-)

Enjoy dear folk!

p.s. please remember that this is an original design and is available for individual use only.  Please do not reproduce or use for commercial purposes.  Ta!

p.p.s. when I tried out the link for the pattern it came up enormous and I had to shrink it (using that command – thingy) and there it was perfect.  hope you can work it out :-)


a wee Christmas present for my blockaday readers …

6 thoughts on “a wee Christmas present for my blockaday readers …

  • December 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    So sweet! I had the hare brained scheme to knit five stockings last week, but managed to talk myself out of it. I may cast one on over Christmas and aim for next year.

    I have been enjoying your posts over the last few months, but not organised enough to comment. I do think of you often :)

  • December 20, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Wow Lily,
    This is such a cute pattern and I will play with it in a couple of days when I have finished all the last minute bits and pieces. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, you are so very thoughtful. I was thinking of you all yesterday as the rain bucketed down here in the morning. I do hope it wasn’t so bad down where you are at the moment. Catch you in the next post.
    Blessings Gail

  • December 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    it is good to see your holiday stitchings here :) i’m super swamped with holiday gift making, but if i had a free moment, i’d love to try your pattern. it looks great, my dear.

  • December 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Lily
    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful pattern. Love reading your blog posts! Wishing you a wonderful twenty-twelve.

  • January 4, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Hi Lily
    I love the pattern you’ve used on your mum’s stocking – could you please share where the pattern comes from or how I could find it? I bought a few metres of a discontinued candle band fabric and I’m looking for something sweet to cross-stitch on it!
    Thank you! Jo x

  • January 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Lily, Happy New Year. This is just so cute. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope your holidays were wonderful.

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