Only 106 Days to Christmas!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

But who’s counting? Probably even more pressing for stitchers – finishing deadlines are looming large on the calendar! Perhaps some of you have favorite finishers and their holiday deadline has already passed! Oh no!

Finishing, and easy finishing, is one of the reasons I developed the tray series that features seasonal and holiday colors. As soon as you finish stitching, you can pop it in the tray – easy peasy finishing you can do yourself. I know because I have finished every one of the designs myself, and if I can do it, you can do it.

Ho! Ho! Ho! features traditional red, white, green and gold colors, designed to go with your other holiday decorating. I chose textured stitches for two of the corners, and satin stitches for the other two corners, with waffle stitches running through the center. As an added bonus, any of the corners can be stitched by itself as an ornament!

Many years ago I began stitching projects that were interchangeable for the seasons, or that could share one frame and be switched out. It’s an economical way to display projects, and keep a fresh look for holidays and seasons. And I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, “stitch when you’re young and poor, frame when you’re old and rich!” Many times finishing our pieces is one of the costliest parts of our hobby.

That’s why I love these little projects that stitch up fast, and share the same tray. I got my tray from Patches n’ Planks, but there are other trays and boxes that will suit the 6″ x 6″ square design. And I can just see this little tray filled with holiday goodies or candies, or holding holiday cards, small ornaments. Although it would be a shame to cover up the design! You could also do your own finishing to create a stand-up, or even in a small frame in an easel.

I hope you enjoy Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays, and maybe this will spur your stitching efforts. I won’t start humming holiday songs, just yet!

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