I started with crafts when I was about 9 years old. I learned to knit, and I still remember everything about that experience: from the yarn (a cherry red worsted, purchased at the Woolworth store ...
I started with crafts when I was about 9 years old. I learned to knit, and I still remember everything about that experience: from the yarn (a cherry red worsted, purchased at the Woolworth store downtown), the needles (a lovely set of pink aluminum size 11), the project (a poncho, with white fringe - ala Santa!). It was made with simple stockinette stitch in a rectangle shape, and then folded into the poncho, with the fringe added. I had the parents on the block paying me to teach the other children (who frankly, were not that interested in learning to knit!). I didn't give up teaching, though, I have taught classes in beadwork and crafts, and it's always very satisfying to see someone get 'hooked' on a creative pursuit.
You can embroidery this lovely Joyeux Noel redwork reindeer the traditional way with just red outlines on muslin fabric. Or, for a bolder look, outline the reindeer with Outline Stitch, but use Satin Stitch to fill in the design segments within the design. For an even bolder folk art look, use black floss to work the design 'redwork' style, but fill in the design segments with bright primary colors of floss, or embellish with tiny buttons, beads or sequins. However you decide to create your design, it would look great simply framed in a hoop or frame, or used as a pillow.
The pattern includes how-to diagrams for both Outline and Satin Stitch, full size reindeer to trace, and the words "Joyeux Noel" in script, to be traced and used in the design if desired.