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Make A Christmas Stocking With A Counted Cross Stitch Name On The Cuff: Instructions and Photos

Updated on October 6, 2014

The Counted Cross Stitch Cuff


I Made A Counted Cross Stitch Cuff For A Christmas Stocking

I have made a Christmas stocking for each new addition in our family for many years. This year we had a new baby: my first Great Granddaughter. So, I got out the red felt, the embroidery threads and got to work.

Counted Cross Stitch Is A Very Popular Embroidery Technique

There are many books on how to do Counted Cross Stitch, and many of them include some really nice patterns. I have to have a guide even to do simple names.

Cross stitch is one of the most enduringly popular of the embroidery techniques. It is easy for the beginner, and it has lasting appeal because of its beauty. If you are working a piece of any size you will need an embroidery hoop to hold the work. For this project, since it is so small, you can just hold the cuff in your hand to work the stitches.

Supplies To Make The Felt Christmas Stocking

You will need for the stocking:

Bright red felt

Red thread for sewing the stocking

Red double wide bias tape to bind the edges of the felt

Supplies To Make The Christmas Stocking


Supplies For The Counted Cross Stitch Cuff


Supplies You Need To Make The Cuff

You will need for the cuff

Embroidery thread: Red, Green and Brown, one skein of each will be plenty.

White Aida fabric. This comes in a package so you don’t have to buy much.

When you finished working the cuff, sew it onto the stocking you made. Make a loop from the same bias tape and sew inside for hanging.

Stocking Is Cut Out and Sewn

I used a stocking that I had made before as my pattern. You can get patterns for stockings on the internet, too. I laid the old stocking on top of the red felt, and marked around it with a white chalk.

Then I cut out the stocking. I sewed the bias tape all around the outside edges of the stocking.

Tracing The Stocking From An Old Stocking


I Worked The Counted Cross Stitch Name On The Cuff

I next worked the counted cross stitch with the child’s name, the year, and I put a little Christmas tree on the cuff. The main thing in working counted cross stitch is to always stitch in the same direction. Separate the thread into three strands. It comes with six threads.

The Aida fabric has many little holes to make the stitch. You start out bringing the needle up through the back and onto the front of the work. Leave about 1 inch of the thread on the back so that when the next stitch is made you can make a loop around the end of the thread. This way the thread won’t pull all the way through. You never make a knot. When you finish working the stitches with the same color thread, run the needle underneath the stitching on the backside. You never make a knot when you finish because the knot till be visible from the front of the piece.

The Counted Cross Stitch Cuff And Stocking Is Finished


The Counted Cross Stitched Cuff On The Stocking


This Is A Good Beginner Counted Cross Stitch Project

This is not a hard project to do at all. Even if you have never done counted cross stitch before. In fact, this would be an excellent project to learn how to do this beautiful needlework.

Do you enjoy doing counted cross stitch?

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A Good Video On How To Work Counted Cross Stitch


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    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, midget38. So nice to know you like counted cross stitch, too. I started a little project for the newest baby over a year ago, and still haven't finished it. Too busy with HubPage, I guess.

      Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      You are right, the the cross stitch is really popular! I used to do lots of them in art and craft classes, and stayed up late just to finish as they were fun to do. One of the easier embroidery techniques to master as well! Thanks for sharing, and so do I.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W. I'm glad you think my counted cross stitch is a nice remembrance for the children. I line all these up on the stair bannister during the Christmas season. They make a pretty decoration for the stairs.

      Thanks so much for the votes and the share.

      It's always good to see you, Peggy. Mary

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a nice remembrance each child, grandchild and now great grandchild your family members have to remember you by. I see you made the stockings nice and long to hold lots of goodies! (Smile) This will undoubtedly give many people ideas of what they can do for gift giving purposes. Up votes and sharing. The sharing buttons are all showing now, FYI.

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Ruth. Thanks for finding and reading my Hub on doing Crossstich, and for taking the time to comment.

      Thanks for the votes, too, Mary

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      Ruth Pieterse 

      6 years ago

      This is great! So glad I read it. Voted up.

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good morning, nick boston! Nice to see you. I have made these stockings for each of my children and grandchildren, and now this new one in the family had to have her own counted cross stitch stocking!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Have a wonderful day, Mary

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      nick boston 

      7 years ago

      Personalized gifts I think are more meaningful than those ready-made. We're heading for Christmas again. It's a great holiday for everyone.

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Gypsy Rose Lee. Thanks for reading about my counted cross stitched cuff on the stocking! You are so sweet to compliment me. I'm not really that talented, I just like to do a lot of different things. I never get bored, that's for sure. I hope this day is good to you, friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great instructive hub. You're a talented lady mary615.

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Movie Master, so good to see you again!Thanks for reading my counted cross stitch Christmas stocking. My problem now is finding the time to do counted cross stitch. It is so relaxing. Now, I spend my time on HubPages! Not complaining, though, I love it. If I don't "see" you again before Christmas, I wish you the very best Christmas ever! Regards.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh Mary, you do some wonderful creative things, I haven't done cross stitch in years and now I am itching to have a go again! The finished stocking is lovely, congratulations on becoming a great grandma, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, best wishes MM

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi, drbj, boy, your daughter really keeps you in counted cross stitch stuff, huh??? I love to paint. I'll paint anything that will stand still long enough! My kids tell people to keep moving cause Mom will slap some paint on them! So, you might get cross stitched! Thanks for reading, and for the nice compliment. (And for the giggle). Goodnight.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Great instructions, mary. I must admit I didn't have a clue about counted cross stitch but I know what cross stitch is because my daughter loves to make lovely gifts with cross stitching. I'll give her this info. I have a cross stitched wallet, two cross stitched eyeglass cases, a cross stitched notebook cover, a cross stitched iPad cover, a cross stitched pillow and if I stay in one place too long when she is around, I become cross stitched!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yes, the video and your instructions were great. This could be Hub of the Day.

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, Hyphenbird! Thanks for reading about my counted cross stitch Christmas stocking. I'm so glad I learned how to do counted cross stitch, and you are right: it is SO relaxing. I must admit that since I joined HubPages, I haven't done as much as I would like. I thought that was an excellent video to explain the technique of counted cross stitch, didn't you? Goodnight, my friend.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Mary, this is lovely and something that will be treasured for years and generations. Cross stitch is one of my loves. It calms me and allows my mind to focus. You are such an encourager and inspire others to be creative.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good Sunday Morning to you, Seeker7. Thanks for reading my Hub on Counted Cross Stitch. I have the same problem as to what project to do next. It is almost a lost art, it seems. I took one of my Hummels I had worked into the frame store, and four ladies came up and asked what it was! Thanks for the nice compliment and the votes! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Many congratulations on becoming a Great Grandmother!

      I love this idea for a cross-stitch cuff and velvet stocking. The hub was excellent both for it's written instruction and the photographs - I wish all patterns were as clear.

      I agree that cross-stitch is a wonderful pass time. I've been cross-stitching for about 20 years and never get tired of it. The only problem I tend to have is choosing what project to start next!

      A very enjoyable hub Voted up!!

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, SanneL, so nice to see you again. Thanks for reading the instructions on how to do counted cross stitch. If you've never tried doing this, I'd say give it a try, it's lots of fun. I do hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful new year, too!

    • mary615 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Lord. You are a true and loyal follower to read my Hub on how to do Counted Cross Stitch when I know poetry is your thing! I do appreciate you taking the time to read it and your sweet comment. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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      7 years ago from Sweden

      What a beautiful needlework!

      Such a nice tradition to make a Christmas stocking with their name, for each new addition in the family.

      Wonderful lasting memory!

      Thank you for sharing this hub with its explicit detailed instructions.

      Merry Christmas!

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Wow Mary you do your thing as we do our Poetry...acutally we are the regular Sandwich eater.. and ready to write again. But you are bringing home closer to us and we thank you for that my friend! Not that I'm going to do it, but your efforts are worth the read. Keep it up Mary!



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