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Night Before Christmas – Week 4: Floral Banners


Welcome to the ‘Night Before Christmas’ Stitch A Long

This Stitch A Long is taking place for 10 weeks on the Stitchdoodles blog – Starting Wednesday 22nd september 2021 and finishing on Wednesday 24th November 2021.

You can join in anytime!

Each Wednesday during the SAL – a new tutorial will be published on the blog with all the information you need to complete a part of the Night Before Christmas Pattern.

If you are not familiar with a Stitchdoodles SAL and this is all new to you and you would like to join in, please go to this page to get all the information.

Time to get Stitching…

This week it’s time for the Floral Banners

You will need the following colours… #3021, #986, #666, #3829.

There are 2 strips of the green and red berry banners – the top one has the gold bows and items hanging from it and the bottom one is just the greenery and berries.

Use 2 strands unless stated otherwise.

Colour and Stitch Guide…

For the Greenery…
#3021: using 1 strand split stitch the branches first before adding the leaves.
#986: Chain stitch each leaf and then fill inside with a straight stitch or 2 if your chain loop is quite large.
#666: The French Knots were stitched with 2 wraps around the needle.

For the Bows…
#3829: using 1 strand split stitch the loops of the bow first and then the 2 ends before finishing with the centre square of the bow in Satin stitch.

Complete the second Berry Leaf banner ( below the presents / fireplace / tree ) in the same way.

Now for the Decorations and Lanterns

For the Lanterns… Use the following colours…
3021, #946, #825

  • #3021: Satin Stitch the bottom and top of the lantern and then straight stitch around the edge to neaten.
  • #946 (1 strand): Straight stitch the flame.
  • #825: Satin stitch the connection to the lantern and straight stitch the hanger on the tree.

Poinsettia Bauble:

  • #666 (1 strand): straight stitch petals
  • #986 (1 strand): Pistol Stitch
  • ECRU: French Knots to centre
  • #154 Back Stitch Bauble edge and straight stitch across top.

Now your wonderful Floral Banners are complete, the Night Before Christmas Pattern should be looking something like this after just 4 weeks! This is a nice little Christmas scene all on it’s own.

Share your fabulous stitching with the Happy Stitching FB Group or send me some pics and I’ll post them here, I am so excited to see how you are getting on.

Don’t forget you can also share your stitching on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery.

Happy Stitching!

week 4 of the night before christmas stitch a long

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