Category Archives: Christmas Crafts

Pattern and craft ideas for Christmas

Hand Made Etsy Products

Now that I have retired from the world of work, I have become more involved in production weaving. I am also now teaching workshops on a one-to-one basis. Here are some Links to my hand made products on Etsy and workshops that I offer.

Sami Reindeer Leather Braceleets
Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelets

Hand sewn reindeer leather and pewter thread bracelets, made in the Sami tradition.

Reindeer Leather Medicine Bags
Reindeer Leather Medicine Bags

Sami style medicine bags made with reindeer leather, wool felt and decorated with pewter thread embroidery.

Reindeer Leather Keyrings
Reindeer Leather Keyrings

Keychains made with reindeer leather, wool felt and embroidered with pewter thread.

Handwoven Key Fob Wrist Bands
Handwoven Key Fob Wrist Bands

Key fob wristlets hand woven in traditional Sami patterns made with wool and trimmed with reindeer leather.

Hand Woven Wool Throws
Hand Woven Wool Throws

Hand woven wool throws made with hand spun and dyed yarns.

Custom Hand Woven Tea Towels
Custom Hand Woven Tea Towels

Hand woven tea towels using organic cotton yarns.

Rustic Hand Woven Table Runners
Rustic Hand Woven Table Runners

Hand woven table mats and runners made with hand spun wool and linen yarns.

Custom Woven Ribbon
Custom Woven Ribbon

Ribbon, tape, sashes woven on a traditional Scandinavian band loom.

Rainbow Crewel Yarns
Rainbow Crewel Yarns

Hand dyed rainbow coloured yarns in different weights (lace weight, fingering, DK) for crewel work, knitting, crochet, embroidery, tapestry.

Hand Spun Saori Weaving Art Yarn
Hand Spun Saori Art Yarn

Hand spun thick and thin merino wool yarns perfect for knitting or woven Saori style fabrics.

Needle Felted Gnome
Needle Felted Gnome

Traditional Scandinavian needle felted gnomes, tonte, tonttu.

Sun Moon Diary
Sun Moon Diary

Hand felted wool diary and notebook covers decorated with Sami rock art designs.

Hand Woven Linen Sauna Towels
Hand Woven Linen Sauna Towels

Pure natural linen sauna bath towels.
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Workshops

Sami Band Weaving Workshops
Sami Band Weaving Workshops

Sami pickup band weaving workshops.

Spinning Soya Milk
Beginner Hand Spinning Workshops

Hand spinning workshop for beginners and intermediate spinners.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Workshops
Rigid Heddle Weaving Workshops

Learn to warp and weave on a rigid heddle loom.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

Beginner dye workshops on how to mix dyes to create colour.

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Needle Felt Snowman

Making a needle felted snowman is a good beginner needle felting project. You will learn how to form a ball using needle felting, how to make indents and shapes and how to join 2 needle felted pieces together.

Needle felted Snowman

Form a small ball with the roving.
Begin to needle felt the ball by poking the wool with the needle about 10-20 times.
Be very careful not to poke your fingers – it does hurt.
Rotate the wool ball about a 1/4 turn and continue to poke the wool.
Work your way around the whole ball, smoothing and shaping the wool as go around.

Needle felted Snowman

After you have worked your way around the ball a few times, the wool will start to harden and felt.

Needle felted Snowman

Hold the ball of wool in your hand and feel for any soft spots.
Needle felt these areas a bit more, so that the wool ball feels evenly felted around.

Needle felted Snowman

The wool will continue to harden and felt the more that you needle felt it.
Before it gets to a very hard stage – where it starts to get difficult to needle felt it any more – stop.

And make another slightly smaller ball for the head of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

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When both balls have been needle felted but are still slightly soft and squishy you are going to join the 2 balls together by needle felting them at the neck of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

Put the 2 balls together, and needle felt them by poking the needle through both the head and the body.
This will joing the 2 parts together because the wool is being pushed through the head and into the body of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

Now it is time to form the face.
Needle felt small indentations for the eyes and mouth.
Take a very small strand of black wool roving for the eyes and form a small ball in your fingers.
Needle felt the eye into the indentation in the wool.
Do the same for the other eye and the mouth.

Needle felted Snowman

Make slightly larger indentations into the body of the snowman for the buttons.
Using black wool, form small balls for the buttons and needle felt these into the body.

Needle felted Snowman

Crochet a small hat with fine wool yarn.
Attach this to the snowman’s head by needle felting it into place.

Needle felted Snowman

Crochet a small scarf and attach this by needle felting it around the snowman’s neck.

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Felting Projects

Needle Felted Ornaments
Felted Posey Pot
Wet Felted Eggs

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Santa suit

In the previous article I provided instructions for knitting a Santa doll.
Knit Santa Doll
Knit Santa doll

Santa needs a Santa suit, so I thought that I would make him one from handmade felt.

I started by felting a fairly thin piece of red felt (approx 15″x15″ Square)

red handmade felt

Felt Making

How to Make Handmade Felt

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Santa’s Trousers
After felting I cut a piece of this felt that was wide enough to fit around Santa’s tummy, and long enough to fit his legs. Then I cut partly up the center of the piece of felt – to fit around his legs.
Santa Felted Pants
I hand stitched around the cut piece with a length of wool yarn, to strengthen the edges.

Santa's felt trousers

I then hand sewed the legs together with red wool yarn.

Santa’s Jacket

From the remaining red felt, I cut a slit into the fabric and a small oval for the neckline.
Sewing Santa suit

I fitted this around the Santa doll and then cut away small sections to shape the sleeves.
I hand stitched the sides and sleeves together.

Then I needle felted a trim around Santa’s jacket using white merino roving.

Santa Hat

With remaining bits of the red felt I cut a triangle shape for his hat and then needle felted some white merino wool for the brim of his hat.

felting Santa hat

Santa’s Boots

I hand spun a few ounces of black Shetland wool for knitting the Santa boots. You can use any pure wool yarn. The boots are knitted in a similar fashion to Santa’s legs.

Cast on 13 stitches
Knit 6 rows stocking stitch

Shape Feet
21 WS – k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1
22 RS – purl
23 WS – k8, m1, k1, m1, k8
24 RS – purl
25 WS – k9, m1, k1, m1, k7, turn, do not work remaining stitches on left hand needle
26 RS – sl 1, purl 16, turn
27 WS – sl1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k6, turn
28 RS – sl 1, p 14, turn
29 WS – sl 1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k3, turn
30 RS sl1, p8, turn
31 WS – sl 1, knit to end of row
Cast off.

Fit the boots around Santa’s feet and sew up the seams.

Needle felt a bit of wool fleece for his hair and beard. Then attach his hat to his head lightly with a bit of needle felting.

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Christmas Crafts Books

Artful Christmas: 30 Elegant Craft Projects
Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!
Knit a Vintage Christmas: 22 Stocking, Ornament, and Gift Patterns from Christmas Past
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holiday

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Christmas Craft books

Christmas Craft Books

Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make)

‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas

Knit Christmas Stockings!: 19 Patterns for Stockings and Ornaments

Mini Christmas Crochet (Twenty to Make)

Christmas Angels and Other Tatting Patterns

Little Christmas Decorations to Knit & Crochet

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Knit Santa Pattern

Christmas is fast approaching, so time to start making your Christmas crafts.

Here is a free knitting pattern for making a Santa Claus doll.
The body has been handknit using pure DK weight wool and size 4mm knitting needles. I have used merino wool roving for the body stuffing, so that this can be felted in the washing machine.

Knit Santa doll

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Santa Knitting Pattern

Body
Cast on 24 st
1 WS -Knit
2 RS – Purl
3 WS – K5, m1, k2, m1, k10, m1, k2, m1, k5
4 RS – Purl
5 WS – – K6, m1, k2, m1, k12, m1, k2, m1, k6
6 RS – Purl
7 WS – – K7, m1, k2, m1, k14, m1, k2, m1, k7
Knit 20 rows in stocking stitch
28 WS – k6, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k12, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k6
29 RS – p6, p2 tog, p2, p2tog, p12, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p6
30 WS – k5, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k5
31 RS – – p4, p2 tog, p2, p2tog, p8, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p4
32 WS – k3, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k3
33 WS – k2, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k3

Neck
Knit 3 rows in stocking stitch

Head
37 WS – k3, m1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k2, m1, k3
38 RS – p4, m1, p2, ,m1, p8, m1, p2, m1, p4
39 WS – k5, m1, k2, m1, k10, m1, k, m1, k5
Knit 11 rows stocking stitch
51 WS – k4, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k8, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k4
52 RS – p3, p2 tog, p2, p 2 tog, p6, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p3
53 WS – k2, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k4, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k2
Cast off

Arms
– Knit 2
Cast on 12 stitches
Knit 18 rows in stocking stitch
19 WS – k1, ( k2 tog) twice, k2, ( k2 tog) twice, k1
20 RS – Purl
21 WS – k2, (m1, k2) 3 times
22 RS – Purl
23 WS – k2, m1, k3, m1, k4, m1, k2
Knit 5 rows in stocking stitch
45 WS – k1, ( k2 tog) 6 times, k1
Break off yarn and thread through remaining stitches
Legs
Cast on 15 stitches
Knit 4 rows stocking stitch
5 WS – k4, k2 tog, k3, k2 tog, k4
Knit 20 rows stocking stitch

Shape Feet
21 WS – k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1
22 RS – purl
23 WS – k8, m1, k1, m1, k8
24 RS – purl
25 WS – k9, m1, k1, m1, k7, turn, do not work remaining stitches on left hand needle
26 RS – sl 1, purl 16, turn
27 WS – sl1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k6, turn
28 RS – sl 1, p 14, turn
29 WS – sl 1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k3, turn
30 RS sl1, p8, turn
31 WS – sl 1, knit to end of row
Cast off

Finishing

Body
Sew the top of the head and back seam using a blanket stitch.
Stuff the body with merino wool roving.
Sew the bottom seam using a blanket stitch.

Neck
Using 1 strand of wool yarn, without an end knot, insert a tapestry needle at the back seam, under the first row of the head increase. Weave the needle through the stitches in the neck and pull the thread to tighten the neck. Tie a double knot and weave the yarn ends into the doll.

Arms
Using a blanket stitch, sew the sides of the arms together and fill the arms with wool stuffing.
Using the decrease stitches on the shoulders as a guide, sew the top of the arm to the shoulder area of the body.
Using the same method as for the neck, tighten the wrists with a strand of yarn.

Legs
Fold the cast-off edge in half and stitch together with a blanket stitch to create the foot of the doll.
Fill with wool roving and continue to stitch up the back of the leg.
Fill the leg with wool roving and sew up the top opening.
Stitch the legs to the bottom of the body.

knitted Santa

Machine Felted Santa

After knitting, I washed Santa in the washing machine set on a gentle cycle, along with a few tea towels.

Felted Santa doll

Felt Santa Next:
How to make the Santa Suit!
Santa on Folksy

Christmas Craft Books and Patterns

Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make)
Highlighting the small charms of the holidays, the 20 step-by-step Christmas projects collected here will add to the warmth of the season. With each project requiring just small scraps of yarn, knitters will enjoy applying their skills to such novelty projects as miniature Christmas stockings, holly leaves, small reindeer, a snowman, an egg cozy, knitted gingerbread cookies, and a wee Christmas sweater.
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‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas
‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas features the poem, accompanied by beautiful color illustrations. Interspersed are patterns for creating a knitted scene that includes mom and dad, the children, Santa, eight reindeer, the moon, stockings, and toys.

Knit Christmas Stockings!: 19 Patterns for Stockings and Ornaments
The 19 fun, simple-to-follow patterns presented here make it easy for even first-time knitters to create beautiful stockings, not to mention delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree.

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Christmas stocking motifs: aa110804c

Christmas stockings are fun to knit because you don’t have to be exact on the size, you can use up leftover yarns and you only need to make one. For this stocking I used handspun yarns.

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Starting with a Red coloured yarn, Cast on 55 stitches or adjust to the desired size.

Width at Top:

8 inches

Length to Heel:

12 inches

Total Length:

17 inches.

The Christmas Stocking Pattern
The knitting pattern for this Christmas stocking can be found here.

The following are knit motifs for some of the designs I used on these knit and felted Christmas stockings.

Top Motif

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Knitting Motif 2:

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Knitting Motif 3:

Knitting Motif 4: Stars

Knitting Motif 5:

Knitting Motif 6: Trees

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The Christmas Stocking Pattern

ABC’s – The Alphabet Motifs
I personalized the Christmas stockings with names. Here is a pattern for knitting ABC’s.

needle felt xmas ornaments

Needle Felted Christmas Decorations on Folksy

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

Christmas Crafts

55 Christmas Balls to Knit: Colorful Festive Ornaments, Tree Decorations, Centerpieces, Wreaths, Window Dressings
Knit Christmas Stockings, 2nd Edition: 19 Patterns for Stockings & Ornaments
Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make)

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ABC Knitting Motif: aa110804b

Personalize your knitting project. Knit the alphabet with this free ABC knitting motif pattern.

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Christmas Knitting

The Christmas Knitting Motifs
ABC’s – The Alphabet Motifs
Christmas Stocking Pattern

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

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Christmas Crafts

Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make)
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holiday
Felt Christmas Decorations (Twenty to Make)

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Christmas Stocking Knitting Pattern: aa110804

Christmas stockings are fun to knit because you don’t have to be exact on
the size, you can use up leftover yarns and you only need to make one. For this stocking
I used handspun yarns.

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Starting with a Red coloured yarn, Cast on 55 stitches or adjust to the desired size.

Width at Top:

8 inches

Length to Heel:

12 inches

Total Length:

17 inches.

Knitting Motifs:

Alphabet Patterns

Continuing in the light green colour as background, knit the Name of the person the
stocking is for. Here are the motif patterns for a knitted
alphabet.

Remember that you are starting the stocking from the top so you will need
to knit the letters upside down.

Continue knitting the sock in various colours and designs using the motif patterns
below, or have fun and make up some of your own.

The Heel of the Sock

Knit in patterns until the leg of the sock measures 10-12 inches.

Divide the stitches and place half the stitches onto a stitch holder, or leave on 1 or
2 double point needles.

The back of the heel is knit using half of the sock width (27 stitches)

Changing to red coloured yarn, continue in plain knit until the back of the heel
measures 1-1/2 inches.

Turning the heel:

Start the turning on the heel on the right side of the work.

Knit 16 stitches

Knit 2 together, Knit 1, Turn

Purl 7, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit 8, knit 2 together, knit 1, Turn

Purl 9, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit 10, knit 2 together, knit 1, Turn

Purl 11, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit 12, knit 2 together, knit 1, Turn

Purl 13, purl 2 together, purl 1, Turn

Knit across the following row

Pick up 7 stitches along the side of the heel

Change yarn to Dark Blue.

Knit across the stitches that were left on the double pointed needles or stitch
holder.

Pick up 7 stitches along the other side of the heel.

Knit in the round for the rest of the sock.

Decrease at the gusset of the sock:

Knit across the top part of the sock (27 stitches)

Knit across the 7 picked up stitches

Knit across the bottom heel of the sock

Knit 5 stitches across the picked up stitches, Knit 2 together.

Knit across the top part of the sock (27 stitches)

Knit 2 together, Knit across the remaining 5 picked up stitches.

Continue knitting in the round, decreasing as above at the gusset points, for 4 more
rows ( 56 stitches)

Continue knitting in pattern motifs until the foot of the sock measures 3-4
inches.

Toe Decrease:

Change to red coloured yarn for the toe of the sock.

Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 22, knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 22,
knit 2 together, knit 1 (52 stitches)

Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 20, knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 20,
knit 2 together, knit 1 (48 stitches)

Continue to knit as above, reducing 4 stitches per row, until 16 stitches remain.

Sewn Toe Cast-Off:

Break yarn, leaving a tail about 4 times as long as the
circumference of the sock.

Thread a tapestry needle.

Sew forward (right to left) through two stitches as if to purl, leave the stitches
on.

Sew backward (left to right) through one stitch as if to knit and remove the
stitch.

Repeat from * until you run out of stitches. Work in tail on the inside of the sock and
trim any excess.

Source:

Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes

Machine Felting

To strengthen and thicken the sock so that gifts don’t stretch
the sock out, I machine felted it after sewing in the yarn ends.

I have a front loading washing machine. I put the sock into the machine – by itself and
ran a rinse cycle using warm water.
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Christmas Knitting

The Christmas Knitting Motifs

ABC’s – The Alphabet Motifs
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Christmas Crafts

Felt Christmas Decorations (Twenty to Make)
Crochet for Christmas: 29 Patterns for Handmade Holiday Decorations and Gifts
Little Christmas Decorations to Knit and Crochet

Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Knitting
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Beadwork
Christmas Cross-stitch
Christmas Weaving

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