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Christmas Clips

Turn online artwork into holiday traditions.

By: Debbie Ballard
Photography by Debbie Ballard

Old Bavarian Santa, 18" x 24", #3- and 4-cut wool on monk’s cloth. Hooked by Debbie Ballard, Fort Frances, Ontario. 2016. Art from Liquid Library. Liquid Library is now Thinkstock. Royalty-free images are available to purchase.

I love Christmas and all the decorations that go along with it. (I love all the food too, but that’s a whole other story.) Maybe it is the colors—the red, gold, and green. Perhaps it is just the spirit of the season. Whatever it is, I can never have too much Christmas “stuff.”

Many beautiful Christmas patterns are available from hooking designers. However, with the advent of online art services and clip art, you can easily make a hooking pattern for yourself. My discovery of rug-hooker-friendly online services came out of necessity. A few years ago, I bought a great piece of Santa art that caught my daughter’s eye. Before Santa was even finished she said to me, “Can I have that when you die?” That was the very first time she had ever expressed an interest in anything I’ve hooked. So, when it was finished, I had it framed and gave it to her. Now, hanging Santa with Bells begins the holiday season in her home.

In this article, I’ll show you how to use clip art of an adorable stuffed puppy from a digital vintage Christmas collection and a Merry Christmas graphic to make a sweet Christmas wall hanging. 

Debbie Ballard learned to hook from her grandmother when she was twelve and took it up in earnest when she was twenty-one. She has been hooking for forty years and teaching for twenty years. Debbie is an OHCG-certified teacher.

This article is from the November/December 2016 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.


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