Updated January 10, 2023.
For many people, a log cabin nestled among the pines with smoke curling out of the chimney signals “Home.” A wonderful, cozy place in the winter is this log cabin, which is nestled in towering pines. Adding a suitable holiday greeting makes this a perfect Christmas design.
Although it is small enough to make an ornament, it can be framed in a 5″ square frame and hung by a wide red ribbon for a holiday decoration. It makes a great part of any home’s Christmas decorations.
Use bits and pieces of thread from a stash to make this design. Because, like most ornaments, it uses only small amounts of thread, this is a good strategy.
This project uses:
- 6” x 6” 18-mesh Zweigart Orange Line mono canvas in sandstone
- Main house: Sampler Threads by The Gentle Art in Wood Smoke (4 strands)
- Windows & smoke: Impressions from The Caron Collection in 1139
- Roof, trunks & house accent: Impressions from The Caron Collection in 1141
- Door & Chimney: Rainbow Linen from Rainbow Gallery in R427 (Brick Red)
- Trees: assorted overdyed, solid, and hand-dyed green threads
- Ground: Overdyed floss from Needle Necessities in 122, 4 strands
- Border and letters: Sheep’s Silk from The Thread Gatherer in Christmas Red
Following the chart below, stitch the entire design in Tent Stitch. Whenever stitching with overdyed threads, be sure to stitch in horizontal lines. This will make the cottage look more like a log cabin and will give the trees a nice shaded effect, as seen in the model.
Click on the chart to see the full-size chart.
Begin in the center of the design, which is the top of the roof. After stitching the roof and the trunks which come up from it, stitch the main part of the house, leaving space for the windows and door. Next, stitch the door and chimney, then the windows and smoke. Having completed the house, stitch the ground underneath it.
Then begin with the trees behind the smoke and start on the trees. The trees overlap each other, as can be seen in the chart below. The easiest way to handle the trees is to begin with ones towards the center and then work the trees on either side.