Christmas Card

Look what I made!

It’s a Christmas card for some friends of mine. I’m pretty sure they don’t read my blog regularly so I’m posting even though I haven’t given it away yet. It’s worked in two strands of rayon (DMC satin floss) and silver thread on 32 count linen. I used thread conditioner to make the rayon easier to work with. It’s very, very, very shiny, but the weather is  cloudy so it’s hard to get a good picture of that.

The tree is worked in Castelo Branco stitch with the silver thread couched over it (I really, really like Castelo Branco stitch). The star is fly stitch. I’ll show you  some in-progress photos, so you can see how it’s done. Maybe you want to make one!

The next two photos show the first step of Castelo Branco stitch. See how there’s no stitching on the back (except for starting and ending threads)?


After you work enough of the first layer, you can start tying it down.


With the tree and star finished, all that’s left is adding tinsel (couched silver thread), and writing Merry Christmas across the base.

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7 Responses to Christmas Card

  1. meri says:

    It’s beautiful!!! and perfect, Hannah.
    Merry Christmas to you and your beloved

  2. Sharon Brodeuse says:

    This is such a great design, Hannah! I love the way you chose to arrange the silver “garland” and the star, and Castelo Branco was a great choice for the tree! Wishing you and your family a great Christmas.

  3. Monique says:

    Very pretty, Hannah!! me too, I like the Castelo Branco stitch…in fact, I like many things from Portugal!
    Very Best to you and your loved one for the Holidays and prosperous new year.
    Monique

  4. Rachel says:

    Delightful – well done, Hannah!

  5. Marta Brysha says:

    Gorgeous Hannah! Who wouldn’t want to receive a card like that?

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