While I am a pretty good cook and baker one thing I’m NOT good with is rolled out and decorated cookies. Even so, I see a lovely one (or even a silly one) and I wish I could do this.
But you can use a great cookie cutter as the basis for a charming needlepoint. That’s what I used to make the button-covered tree pictured here.
First look for a large cookie cutter without too many details. Off the Beaten Path has tons classified by shape, including some 8″ giants. On every page I found something that would be so fun to use.
Once you have selected your cutter put in on the front of your needlepoint canvas and trace around the outside with an extra-thin permanent marker, such as a Pigma Micron or a Sharpie. Let dry overnight.
Now you are ready to stitch. If you want it to look like a real cookie begin by stitching a border, 3-5 stitches wide using floss or silk in a “cookie” color. The rest of the area fill in with solid, mostly matte threads to be your “icing”.
You can then embellish the stitching with bugle beads (sprinkles), seed beads (decorative sugar or shot), brads (candy disks) couching (lines of icing) or other items.
I have a general stitch guide with ideas for stitching cookies available as a PDF for $3.00. Purchase using the button below.
If you would like a custom line-drawn canvas with stitch guide for making your own Christmas cookie, please contact me. Prices for this begin at $15 plus shipping and tax in CA).
If you don’t want it to look realistic (I didn’t on this one) stitch in whatever thread or stitch your heart desires. I used a dark Watercolours and then almost covered the tree with buttons from Just Another Button Company.
The cookie cutter shape doesn’t have much detail, so you need to be sure to add it using stitches or embellishments.
But this is a great way to make unique small needlepoint quickly and economically.