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Cross-Stitch Burlap Christmas Stockings

Martha's donkeys—named Rufus, Clive and Billie, respectively—receive these embroidered jute bags filled with apples, carrots, hay, and sugar cubes. The animals' silhouettes were cross-stitched on premade burlap stockings with wool-and-silk floss.

jute stockings filled with hay vegetables fruit

Photography: Paola + Murray

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2017

Introduction

Start by learning how to cross-stitch. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Christmas Stockings.

materials

  • Wool-silk embroidery floss (Pictured: Trio floss, $6, purlsoho.com.)

  • Embroidery needle

steps

  1. Print out cross-stitch pattern. Mark out on the stocking's cuff where your design will begin. 

  2. Split the embroidery floss to a single strand. Following the cross-stitch pattern, start at the left and sew a halfstitch (from bottom left to top right) across each row (as shown), counting out your stitches. Complete the cross-stitch by going back, left to right.

    cross stitch

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