Christmas Stocking Cross Stitch Chart, Christmas time is all about presents and we all remember feeling in the dark for those bulky, heavy and crackly little stockings at the end of our beds.
So here’s a lovely colorful design that is simple to make as a Christmas card or as a little decoration to hang on your tree. Our 16 count Aida Christmas Stocking Cross Stitch Chart is available as an instant download PDF which includes a color blocks chart and a black and white symbol chart.
As you can see, an effective design doesn’t have to be complicated. This is an easy design in four colors, red, green, blue and white and it’s ideal for a last minute stitching project if you suddenly find you need more cards for friends or relatives. The outlining stitching is easy as it’s just black backstitch.
It would look good in an aperture card or you could spray a small embroidery hoop with silver or gold craft paint for a really festive look. Just make sure that the hoop is dry before you replace the design.
Christmas Stocking Cross Stitch a great Christmas Gift
Hanging Christmas stockings up on the fireplace has been a tradition in many households for centuries. In America the practice was mentioned in 1823. It seems to have come from the legend that Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is supposed to come down the chimney, so it was a help to him if there was somewhere to put the presents before he went back up the chimney.
In Eastern Europe, children are visited by St Nicholas and the story behind that is that he wanted to help a poor family but knew they wouldn’t accept any charity so he crept down the chimney at night and left gifts of gold coins in the stockings the family’s daughters had hung up to dry in the fireplace, so that they would have enough money for a dowry when they wanted to marry.
In those days, few people actually had Christmas trees, they are a relatively recent invention, supposedly brought to the UK by Prince Albert the German husband of Queen Victoria, but once trees became popular it meant that stockings or socks fell a bit by the wayside and tended to be used by Father Christmas to pop smaller wrapped items into them, often including sweets, an orange or tangerine and a coin in the toe.
These stockings could be opened by children before church, giving them something to play with before the main presents under the tree were opened after lunch. The visit by Santa also meant leaving out a gift for him, usually sherry or a mince pie, and carrots for his reindeer.
Pets aren’t left out either. Any superstore at Christmas will have a stocking for your cat or dog, usually including a couple of small toys and some packets of treats.
You can now cross stitch quite large stockings with names on them so that would be something to think about if you have plenty of experience. Like our little stocking, they can then be used over and over again and become a real Christmas tradition for your family.