I’m a big fan of crafts. I do lots of different things, but one of the crafts I’ve been doing the longest is cross-stitching. I started when I was probably eight or nine, when I received my first stamped cross stitch kit. Stamped cross-stitch for those who may not know, is when the pattern is literally stamped onto the cloth and you stitch using the colors on the cloth as your guide. I have since advanced to counted cross-stitch, where you use a pattern and a blank piece of cloth and count the stitches yourself.
I generally make projects to give away. The ones I make most often are for weddings and babies. I like giving someone something I spent time doing and something that is uncommon these days. The project above is going to be a Christmas gift this year. When the pattern itself is finished, I will mat and frame it for the recipient. I already have a nice easel to add to the gift. This way the recipient can just put it on a table come the holidays and not worry about taking down artwork already or putting up a nail just to hang this.
What holiday crafts do you do?