Christmas is fast approaching and it is about this time of year that I start trying to work out what to get everyone for Christmas. I normally stitch my Christmas cards but this year I am not going to have time to stitch one for everyone. Instead of stitching my close friends and family a Christmas card this year I have found a original and special gift to stitch them all, My new range of light up cross stitch ornament kits. It is something my family can treasure and hang on their christmas tree each year. There is a choice of charts as well as LED colours so you can personalise your ornament to fit the friend or family member in mind.
How easy is it to make the cross stitch ornament?
All of the light up cross stitch ornament kits we sell in our shop are perfect for beginners as they only use full cross stitches and back stitch and don’t take very long to stitch. All of the stitching is done on plastic canvas which I find is easier for beginners as you cannot pierce the material in between the holes meaning all your stitches come out looking neat and the same size. Once you have finished your cross stitching it is time for the back stitch. All of our designs use metallic thread for the back stitch to give your ornament that extra bit of sparkle. You may need to cut your lengths of metallic thread shorter than when working with normal threads as they tend to tangle more easily. Just remember to take your time and let your needle and thread hang down every so often to let the thread untangle itself for best results.
What about making the cross stitch ornament light up?
Once you have finished all of your stitching it is time to make your ornament light up. Most people might think that this is the tricky bit but since the kits use conductive thread rather than wires it is pretty simple. In you kit you should have a battery holder with a switch, at least one LED (your light) and some conductive thread. The conductive thread may look just like normal thread but keep it separate from your other threads as it is used only for connecting your battery and LEDs. I find it best to start with placing your LED where you want it. I poked the legs through the holes in the plastic canvas where I wanted it so it sat on top of my stitching. I left one hole and then pushed the other leg through so there is a space of two cross stitches between the legs. I found that this is the right amount of space to make the LED sit properly. Once your legs have been pushed through the holes and out the back of your stitching you need to create a loop. Before you loop your legs using pliers make sure you remember which leg is longer than the other as this makes a different in whether you connect the leg to the positive or negative terminals on the battery Holder.
Next I either stitch or sew my battery holder onto the back of my ornament. I find a couple of dabs of super glue is perfect. Try not to get the glue near the terminals where you will be attaching the conductive thread.
Once your battery holder is in place and your LEDs have been positioned with the legs made into a loop at the back, it is time to connect the circuit. Make sure the switch is turned off before you start. All you need to do it cut your conductive thread into two lengths about 10 – 15cm long to start with.
Remember the thread linking from the positive terminal cannot touch the thread linking from the negative terminal!
Tie one end in a knot around the loop on the back of the longest leg, this is the positive leg. Thread your needle and pass the thread under some of your cross stitches towards the positive terminal on the battery holder. Cut your thread to a suitable length and then knot the opposite end through the hole labelled positive. The thread will now be touching the metal ring around the hole. This will join the LED to the battery holder. Repeat with the negative terminal. Make sure you knot the thread around tightly as if the thread stops touching the metal part the circuit is no longer complete. Once this has been done you can now switch on your lights.
You have now made yourself a cross stitch ornament perfect for any christmas tree or to hang anywhere you please that lights up and delights your visitors. Once they have seen it they will all want you to make them a cross stitch ornament!