Free Nordic stag cross stitch pattern

I’m definitely having a love affair with all things Nordic and knitted this Christmas. So with that in mind I made this stag design for you to get into the spirt too. I love the Christmas red and white colour scheme against the black background. Maybe add a few French knot snowflakes or beads to really up the winter theme. Or feel free to change the colours to suit your own personal d├ęcor. Just click on the read me link to download the free PDF file pattern.

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Christmas salt dough decorations.

I shared by KS4 catering students Christmas cakes yesterday, but I meant to show you what we do in advance of decorating our cakes. I normally run a session prior to decorating, where my student can practice modelling their ideas. It’s a great lesson and they all enjoy learning some new modelling techniques.

What I use for this lesson is simple salt dough. The kind that everyone has had a go with when they were young. The good thing about these medium is it handles in similar way to modelling with roll out fondant icing and once dry they can use their creations as Christmas decorations, added bonus.

For a great salt dough recipe visit my salt dough jar labels post.

Christmas cake decorating workshop with KS4 catering students

I love teaching Catering and espicaly in the run up to Christmas. It’s lovely to make lots of delicious treats with my student. One particular task they always enjoy is baking and decorating their Christmas cakes. So I thought I’d share a selection of photos from my class.

I love how creative they all are, even the students who would describe themselves as not very ‘arty’ really enjoy putting their personal touch to their cake.

Free cross stitch pattern, dots and stripes

Something a little different from me this week. I had this design as part of fabric collection and when looking at current trends in cross stitch, thought it would convert quite well. It is definitely a bit different from my normal style of pattern design but I hope that you like it. Please click on the read more link to download the free pattern. 

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Free cross stitch Polar bear pattern

How cute is this guy? I love using polar bear and penguin images in my Holiday decorating, not sure how much they have to do with Christmas, but they definitely fit with the weather we are having.
If you would like to stitch up this cool bear, click on the read more link to download the free PDF file pattern. Don’t forget to visit my free patterns page with a whole host of patterns available for every occasion.
Also if your a fan of Etsy, please stop by my store and see what I have on offer.

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Free Cross stitch pattern, blue bird

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog, what with starting teaching again and the run up to Christmas I feel it’s been a little neglected. So, to get the blogging ball rolling again…
Here’s a free pattern for a Blue swallow. Perfect for adorning cards or other small items. Enjoy.
Click on the read more link to download the free PDF file.
Don’t forget to check out my patterns page. I have a great selection of free patterns for every occasion.

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Candy cane craft ideas.

       I don’t know about you but I seem to almost automatically buy a box of 12 candy canes, when doing my Christmas shopping then wonder what on earth to do with them. They always seem to be the last things the kids go to eat and by the time new year rolls around we still have 8 of them left! However, help is at hand with some amazing and inspiring ideas of how to get your craft on with those red and white sugary treats. Just check out my Pinterest board and you’ll never again be left wondering ‘Why did I buy those?’.

         Follow Ruth Cartwright’s board candy cane on Pinterest.  

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 150g butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 400g coconut cookies, crushed
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 50g desiccated coconut


  1. Melt the dark chocolate, butter and honey in a saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Add the crushed cookies and mix until combined.
  3. Press the mixture into a lined 30cm x 20cm baking tray.
  4. In a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, melt the white chocolate.
  5. Once melted pour over the biscuit base and spread evenly.
  6. Top with the desiccated coconut.
  7. Chill for 4 hours.
  8. Once set slice into squares. 

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

Coconut Christmas slice recipe

Christmas cross stitch projects

       I love to cross stitch all year round, but as Christmas draws nearer I find myself doing more and more cross stitch projects. Whether it is a few tags or cards or even an advent calendar I find I cannot resist pulling needle through Aida in November. If you are also like me but need a bit of festive inspiration, check out my Pinterest board of Christmas cross stitch. These are all patterns of mine or projects I have sewn for Christmas. Your sure to find something to suit everyone’s tastes.

         Follow Ruth Cartwright’s board Christmas cross stitch on Pinterest.