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Cross-Stitch Christmas Countdown Calendar

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Have Yourself a Cross-Stitch Christmas

by Chrissy Callahan

Create a fun cross-stitch Christmas countdown calendar using needle and thread! This exclusive Sulky design, created by TurtleBunny Creations, is available with purchase of the Sulky Silver Bells handwork mini palette. It comes with five coordinating 12 wt. Cotton Petites™ thread spools and a spool of Sulky Holoshimmer™ Metallic.

Silver Bells Mini Palette


Cross-stitch with 12 wt. cotton Petites is the answer to no more tangles thread skeins! Stored on a convenient snap spool, this heavyweight thread is great for all sorts of handwork, cross-stitch included. Plus, it’s also usable in a sewing machine when paired with a 100/16 Top Stitch needle.

Learn more about this thread and how to cross-stitch in our YouTube video series: Intro to Cross-Stitch.


cross-stitch calendar supplies



Blend one strand of 12 wt. Cotton Petites with one strand of Holoshimmer for all or certain elements of the design. Or use two strands of Holoshimmer for certain elements so they really sparkle.

cross-stitch calendar metallic options

Leave long thread tails at the start and end of each stitching element, and weave the tails through the stitching along the backside of the work to eliminate knots.


The moving marker is secured with two magnets on either side of the work that’s in the hoop. Cover this magnet with a cross-stitched snowflake to add to the cross-stitch Christmas calendar charm!

Cross-stitch Christmas calendar

The instructions and pattern are all included with purchase of the Silver Bells thread palette. Grab yours today and get started on your Christmas décor!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!