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How a Swiss fireplace inspired a Christmas stitching pattern

Earlier this summer I went on holiday to the beautiful village of Klosters in the Swiss mountains. It is in a tree lined valley with wooden chalets built alongside a fast flowing river. We stayed in a traditional hotel and the lounge area had a large fireplace. Not that we needed a fire in the summer, but one could imagine a log fire would be very welcoming in the winter after a day on the ski slopes.

For some time I had been toying with the idea of a Christmas stitching card design with Santa coming down the chimney. When I saw this huge fireplace I realised that Santa really would fit. I soon got to work on some sketches and the resulting prick and stitch pattern is now on sale on the Stitching Cards web site.