Craft Rocks: The Xmas Tree of Joy


Craft enthusiast Jo Burgess explores the world of needlecraft in this exclusive column for Mr X Stitch!

Show of hands please – who’s been to see the Xmas tree at Standen?

With so many of your beautiful, lovingly stitched baubles on show I had to go and have a peep – and I’m so glad I did.

It was quite dark when I arrived there and the atmosphere was electric. There were so many excited people wandering around the grounds looking for baubles. They’re not just on the tree, oh no, it’s an amazing Xmas bauble festival going on there. You’ll find baubles on trees, on gates, on fences, they are all over the beautiful National Trust property.

As I walked up from the car park and approached the main house I could hear lots of joyful voices, and when I turned the corner there they were – people excitedly walking around the property with the torches on their mobile phones lit up, desperate to see as many baubles as possible in as much detail as they could.

They weren’t just glancing at your work and moving on, they were really appreciating every little X and making sure they checked out the attached labels to see who had made the bauble they were looking at. There were lots of happy smiley people, and I hadn’t even made it to the main tree yet!

A fabulous star design bauble that caught my eye

The tree – wow. You know when you’ve seen a photo of something, but when you see it in the flesh it sends excited tingles down your spine? That’s the tree.

I was like a kid in a sweet shop talking to my husband, “Look at this one! Oooh, look at this one. Oh I love the design on this one. Look how far away this one has come from…”

This design looked amazing, great colours too

The love put into that tree blew me away. To imagine that people from all over the world have helped Mr X Stitch put it together is fantastic, the hours you all spent stitching, the fantastic colour combinations you all chose, the designs you came up with – what a lovely global stitchy family we are 🙂

The joyful bauble from the joyful tree, beautiful design

I made two of the baubles myself, so I appreciate how long it takes to make each one and how much effort you all put into the tree – you should be very proud of how it looks. I heard Mr X refer to each hoop as being made up of lots of individual little Christmas kisses – what a great image for a tree full of love.

If you’ve not seen it yet I highly recommend a visit. You can check dates and times by clicking here. If you have seen it, what did you think? Did you spot the bauble you made on it?


Jo Burgess

Originally from Northern Ireland, Jo Burgess is a craft crazy rock music loving gal based in England. With a career including time spent as a motorsport journalist in England, in the film industry in Northern Ireland, and working on ghost tours in Scotland, her background is as mixed up as her love of craft. Jo will try her hand at anything and loves learning a new skill with tea and cake, crafty friends and great music blasting out of her speakers. Cross stitch, electronics, sewing, beadwork, glass fusing - she loves it all, and through this column Jo hopes to pass her love of different crafts, music and (of course) cake on to you. Craft rocks!

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2 thoughts on “Craft Rocks: The Xmas Tree of Joy

  • Wow, that’s my bauble, the swirly rainbow one, so glad you liked it x x

    It was a great challenge as I sewed it ‘blind’, without a plan, just using the colour as I went, merging it to the next. I also did two others.

    I am due to visit the tree sometime this week, as I want to see the house lit up too. I am so looking forward to it.

    • Wow Erika! Thanks for getting in touch. I loved it, the colours and the design, I can’t believe you did it blind! What a fabulous stitcher you are. Enjoy your visit to the tree. It’s a real thrill to see it. The photos don’t do it justice. Let me know what you think – and have a great Christmas. Jo x

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