Rhona and Eirinn of Tangled Threads and Things has a generous selection of free cross-stitch charts on their website. I think their series A Year of Christmas Stitching is charming and brilliant!
“…here at TangledThreadsAndThings we’ve got a plan to help spread out the Christmas stitching into more manageable chunks.” See, it’s brilliant! I’ve been thinking about stitching gift tags for this year. The gals and Wilbur (their yarn enthusiast) already have a lot of different charts about personalization with stitching, and it’s only May.
Not only do they offer the free Christmas cross-stitch designs, they also have suggestions for finishing AND tutorials on how to finish them! Ornaments, gift bags and tags, cards and more to come. So make sure to signup for their newsletter because there is more ideas in it. Scroll to the bottom of their website to find it.
Just look at that beautiful green ribbing wrapped around the hoop. They a tutorial for that too.
Ho ho ho! For more great ideas, you can always head to the top of Frogging News and select Cross-Stitch from the main menu. Then look for Free Patterns.