Christmas Holly Mat
The Holly Mat Kit makes a great project for your more advanced stitcher. It uses three stitches: blanket stitch, back stitch, and the French knot. The leaves are attached using the back stitch. The three red pennies which are used to represent the holly berries are attached using French knots.
The finished project is 93⁄4″ in diameter and is three mat layers thick. The third layer hides the stitching and gives the mat a really nice body.
It is great under a candle stand, lamp, dish of cookies or can be simply used to decorate a table. You can make up the mat as shown or add your own decorative stitching, accents, ribbons, beads, or buttons. It's up to you.
Download the instructions in PDF format.