Christmas in October- 2 new releases

“Crimson Cardinal”
second in the series of bird designs. Size 89 x 88 stitches  Model is worked on Weeks’ Dye Works 30 ct Sky linen over 2 with 2 strands of floss and uses Gloriana silk, 5 colors with cross reference of Dinky Dyes.  I suggest Gloriana - 1 skein each for a redder, brighter bird OR Dinky Dyes – 1 skein each for a softer, rosier bird.  Specialty Stitches: straight/ back stitch, eyelets, and 3 French Knots.  This design can be stitched over 1 thread of fabric.  There is blending of 2 colors if stitched in Dinky Dyes.  If color blending is done, I suggest a little looser weave, such as 18-25 ct.         ***

“Peppermint Pig”, chart includes several motifs which are suitable as Victorian Christmas ornaments. Size 207 x 207.  Model uses 40 ct Weeks Dye Works “Angel Hair”, # 1109 over 2.  Floss suggested is Crescent Colours cotton in 3 colors, with cross reference of Dinky Dyes silk.  Design contains full cross stitch and straight/back stitch with 2 French Knots; it can be stitched over 1 thread of fabric.

History of the “Peppermint Pig” - In many cultures over the centuries, pigs were considered to be good luck, and owning pigs signified financial well-being.  In the Victorian era, a little holiday tradition began as a way of wishing that the coming New Year would bring only good things.  A little pig made of pink peppermint- flavored candy was presented to all attending of a family’s holiday dinner.  The peppermint pig was then shattered with a little mallet, and each diner shared a fragment of the candy as a symbol of good luck to come.