Take 2 on Holy Night

I’ve pulled a different scrap of fabric to restart Holy Night by Barbara Ana Designs on.  It’s leftover from Penny Autumn and it’s the piece I had originally considered and in hindsight should have done with.

take 2

New DMC have been pulled.  The houses will be the two shades of blue on this one.  I chose a bit darker green than I had used on the other one. Aha and I forgot to add the black or blackish color for the roofs so need to get that on the ring.

I have also decided on my Christmas Eve start or actually the Eve of Christmas Eve I’ll likely start it.  So I guess it will just be my Christmas holiday stitching.  I had thought about starting the Owl Forest Embroidery Red Cardinals chart but I’ve got another cardinal chart I want to start over the Thanksgiving holiday so will wait for the Owl Forest one until sometime later in 2023 but it’s all kitted up with their flosses and ready to go. I also wanted a smaller start since Judy and I will be starting the Three Things Sampler for New Years and that’s a whole lot of stitching.  The chart I’ve decided on (I’m going to kit this one up and NOT change my mind again), I’ve had in my Sunday Stitches group of charts as it also fits my criteria for that.  

do you see what I see


It’s a sweet little stitch.   If I stitch it on 18 count, it will fit in a standard 5 x 7 frame.   I do plan to change the colors a bit and have it not so prim looking (i.e. to me drab colors).   The deer will be a different brown and her dress a different color too.   I’ll just pull some colors I like from the stash.   Chart is available as a pdf on Etsy at Primitive Stitchin if anyone wants to join me in stitching it.

Dagnabbit! I need to restart

  holy night - barbara anna

I hate stitching snow – or more specifically, I hate stitching snow that does not show up!   I was happily stitching along on Holy Night and had all the houses and trees done and when I started on the snow, it’s just not showing up.    As you can maybe see in the chart, the snow area on the bottom has places left unstitched that create star shapes, etc. (larger photo on prior blog post).

I had gone back and forth on what fabric to stitch it on and clearly, I picked the wrong one.  


Here’s where I got to last night before I decided, nope – I need to start this one over.


The other fabric I had originally chose I thought might not let the color of the houses pop on it so that’s why I started with this one, which is a bit darker than it looks.   So, I’ll be restarting this one on a darker fabric and I think I’m going to change the color of the houses.  I think I will pick some shades of blue to stitch the houses in.  I may start with the snow first when I restart this one.

In the meantime, I found this frame and I really like Penny Autumn in it but there’s too much space on the left and right.  I don’t want to stitch the penny border up those sides, but I’ve come up with a brilliant plan if I do say so myself.


Since there are several partial large stars in the design (lower left of house, top of stitch and right side) I’m going to repeat the half star design located at the top in the area outside the left border line in the general area of the top blackbird to the side acorn below it and then on the right side, outside that border line, between the bottom crow and the side acorn above it. I think that will make it look more centered in the frame and I love those star designs anyway so it will be a fun addition. The frame is a 6″x 8″ from Mill Hill and has the peg you can put in the bottom on the back so that it can stand up on its own and not have to hang on a wall.