I’m not the biggest fan of the art of cross stitch. Cross stitch is a form of counted thread embroidery which involves an x stitch on fabric with an even and open weave like Aida. Some people think it’s the simplest form of embroidery, but I actually find it quite hard to find the right place for my needle! Thankfully it is easy to see where you’ve gone wrong and unpick a stitch or two. Anyway, when I saw that Cotton Clara had produced a gingerbread house cross stitch kit I bought myself one. I love anything related to gingerbread houses and knew this would make a lovely handmade decoration.
Cross stitch gingerbread house
The cross stitch gingerbread house kit contained threads, fabric, a small wooden hoop, ribbon, needle and instructions.
This little kit was perfect to pack away in my hand luggage when we went to the Netherlands. I just added a pair of scissors and placed everything in my favourite Emma Bridgewater tin.
I got it out in those rare, quiet moment parents have on family holidays. It was lovely to have a little project with me and it was relaxing to do after a busy day.
It came together after a few hours work. I enjoyed adding the small details such as the candy cane and trees.
When I had finished I cut the fabric and stitched a few running stitches round the edge, pulling it tight. Then I added the small length of ribbon so it can be hung up.
Each year I try to make a handmade decoration and this is perfect for this year!