Jingle Bell Stitch Along

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Come join my Jingle Bell stitch along which begins today and will continue on the 25th of each month through November. I will be showing and talking about techniques which are found in the projects throughout my book, Handmade Christmas Cheer, use this link if you wish to get the book. I will sign and deliver it to you. (not in person). I will not talk so much about the construction of the projects, you can use the book for that. Attention will be focused on techniques and inside tips for these and other projects you may wish to work on. Let’s get started.


Crayon tinting has been around for decades. I remember my Grandmother had some embroidered tea towels that were crayon tinted. I love the work of Meg Hawkey/Crabapple Hill Studios and her artistry using this technique. It’s east, cheap and works up quickly. Here are two projects in my book that use color tinting for embroidery. 

Jolly Holly editedSm. Tree Skirt

Long Winters Nap 201-96_B1313_3rds.inddSheet


Box of Crayons (I still love a new box of crayons..I’m childish like that!) A sharpener is a good idea too.

Templates for the design you wish to embroider.

Pencil or .05 Pigma Pen (I like the cinnamon brown color)

Embroidery needles or Milliners Needles

Fabric for stitching your project. Tip: cut the fabric slightly larger (about an inch all the way around) to allow for the fabric to draw up a bin while stitching.

A light source. I love me some light box. I recently got an led pad..Holey Moley you can see it glow from the surface of the moon!

Optional: Woven fusible inner facing. I like the brand from Staple Sewing Arts. Watch my website I will be adding this to my favorite products in the next few days. This is ironed on the backside of your embroidery. It adds an element of stability and also helps hide stray thread ends. 

Floss I used Cosmo variegated  green #CSV8024, two strands. This can also be purchased from Crabapple Hill studios. I used a lot too! For the remainder of the embroidery I used 2 strands of whatever floss I had in my stash red, yellow, blue green and gray for the sockets. 

Color Tinting

1. If you choose to use a woven fusible inner facing iron the glue/shinny side to the backside of the embroidery fabric. 

2. Using a light source, trace your embroidery motifs on to the front of the embroidery fabric.

Tinting Collage 1-4

3. Color the areas to be color tinted with a very heavy coat of white crayon be careful to stay inside the lines of the bulbs and sockets. Coloring in a white heavy coat will fill in the tiny holes from the woven fabric you are embroidering. Then color with your colored crayons over the white making areas of darker color and lighter color to give a softer blended, shadowy and highlighted appearance. SPECIAL NOTE: When I made the Jolly Holly small table tree skirt I decided to NOT color the base of the designs in white. I went straight to the green and colored that very heavily. This gave me a bolder look for my holly. I really liked it too!

After all areas have been colored, take pieceTinting Collage 3s of clean paper towels and place it over each motif. Press with a hot iron. Then move the paper towel to a clean spot on the towel and press again. Do this several times (you would be surprised at how fast this goes) until no more color is showing on the towel. Your project is heat set!


4. Embroider away! I will talk in depth about Embroidery  next month. If you are familiar with embroidery I like to use a stem stitch (see diagram). The smaller the stitches the better your project will look.

5. Complete your project according to directions in the pattern. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section of this post I will answer so that the whole group can see! Let me hear from you anyway. LOVE ME SOME COMMENTS.

See you on August 25.  





  1. 1

    I did a crayon project from Crabapple Hill and it turned out adorable! My girlfriend has since used the technique on table toppers by Kathy Schmitz. Fabulous again!!!

    • 2

      I Love this technique! Glad you have experimented with it too. If you try any of my designs send me a photo!,

  2. 3

    I’ve been “working up the nerve” to try this technique. Thank you for the detailed and very clear instructions. I’m going to add a box of crayons to my shopping list and get moving.

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