I have stitched many ornaments and am fond of the ones that can be used as gift holders. On this tree (from thedecorstore.com), the drum opens to fit earrings, bills can be hidden in the candy cane, and the stocking can hold a beaded bracelet. Also pictured are a wreath with a snowman focal bead, snowflakes, and a Santa hat. The stitches include peyote, Russian spiral, Russian leaves, and right-angle weave. The ornaments vary from 2 to 6 in. (5 to 15 cm) in height and width. You can find free instructions for the stocking at BeadAndButton.com/freeprojects starting December 1.
Chandler, Ariz., U.S.