This year, I made some handmade Christmas decorations for my mother to give to her friends. In the summer I did a two-day course learning blackwork embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. Although we were learning traditional blackwork techniques, we worked the sampler with red embroidery thread. At the time, I thought it would be a nice effect for Christmas.
Using one of the sampler patterns, and worked on white belgian linen, I embroidered each of the individual motifs.
Each of the decorations was backed with a red fabric with white stars.
And then stitched together with a 2mm satin ribbon loop
Turned the right-side out and pressed, ready for their filling and finishing touches
Filled, and a small ribbon bow added for decoration.
I think they look quite festive!