Making your own Christmas ornaments out of plastic canvas will enable you to personalise your holiday decor to your own tastes. You can also start a family Christmas ornament tradition which your family will carry on for many years.
What You'll Need
Make sure you find Christmas ornament patterns with readable charts. Knowing where your stitches need to go and how you're going to get from one area to another is vital to avoid making mistakes. You should also have written instructions which give specific information about the pattern you are making. Make sure you have a good supply of stitching yarn just in case you make a mistake or you develop a knot you can't untangle. You will need a yarn needle; use metal or plastic but make sure the eye of the needle is sufficiently large to accommodate the yarn so you can stitch. If you buy a kit, make sure you have a good supply of plastic canvas in case you make a mistake in cutting a piece out. You can buy one or two more sheets of plastic canvas in the correct gauge if you are worried about this. Some patterns are large enough that you will have several skeins of yarn and several sheets of plastic canvas. You will also receive a detailed schematic and instructions which will help you to figure out what direction you need to stitch in and how large you should cut the individual pieces.
You can visit several websites to view patterns you might want to buy. Visit stitcherscloset.com or 123stitch.com and click on the plastic canvas link. Once at the plastic canvas site, you will be able to view patterns for Christmas ornaments. Stitcher's Closet features Christmas ornament patterns published by Leisure Arts, which is a big producer of needlework, plastic canvas and cross stitch patterns. You will find snowmen, angels, tree ornaments, "stand up" projects, magnets, Santa and his reindeer, and other holiday items. As you visit 123 Stitch, you will find Christmas door hangers, holiday stickups, more Christmas stand-ups, bells and stars. These patterns are also manufactured by Leisure Arts.
Patterns in Stores
Visit your local hobby store (Hobby Lobby or Michael's) or discount stores' hobby and craft aisle. You can find plastic canvas, yarn needles and yarn which is suitable to use for plastic canvas stitching. You can also find a large assortment of patterns, especially in your hobby store. You will have an advantage being able to look through individual pattern books because you can look at each project and gauge the difficulty level. You can also look for individual projects which you find the most interesting, then make a list of the supplies you will need.