The December Canvas of the Month is a 4 inch ornament (on 18 count canvas) from Rebecca Wood Designs called "Down the Chimney". Chosen by Bonnie because of its simple and traditional design, you can see the canvas and others in the series on the Rebecca Wood website.
This traditional design would make a lovely ornament no matter how you stitch it, but since the holiday season is always so rushed, I thought I would try to stitch it a bit differently in a very simple style. You will need just one thread, either Kreinik's 032 frosty white in blending filament size or Accentuate #300 Opal White. You could also go gold instead of sparkling white and use Kreinik's 002 gold in blending filament or Accentuate #023 Gold.
Now stitch snowflakes all over the canvas. Use stitches like the Square Eyelet
and the Smyrna Cross
as well as the Double Straight Cross
and perhaps a few Upright Crosses to scatter big and small snowflakes across the design.
If you want a large star in the night sky, use the Medallion Stitch (although I'd stick to just snowflakes myself).
If you are feeling particularly fancy, put a few crystal clear beads (preferably the hex shaped ones to add sparkle like Mill Hill's Magnifica beads #G11009) in the center of some of the largest snowflakes. It will also add to the festive snow and ice feeling if you use the same beads to bead the rounded edge of the ornament in finishing. If you choose gold instead of white for your snowflakes, use a few gold beads, preferably Mill Hill's Magnifica beads in #G11036 Victorian Gold as they sparkle more than round beads.
Finish this with either white or gold braid trim into a round ornament. Put a piece of gold lame underneath the canvas so that more sparkle shows through. Hang this on your tree, turn on the Christmas lights, and enjoy!
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