From everyone at Past Impressions, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and New Year, with lots of good food eaten, time off deservedly taken and (of course...) plenty of sewing completed.

January brings with it a lot of opportunities for an embroiderer to take inventory, clean out a cluttered sewing room and finish those old projects...or if you're anything like us, it's a chance to buy all new patterns and allow the overflowing fabric stash to become even more unmanageable! Still a new pattern to work on sounds like a great resolution to us, so here's 5 suggestions for Cross Stitch Designs to Tackle in the New Year!

#1 - Tiny Feet Birth Sampler Cross Stitch Kit by Vervaco

In our opinion, the image of a newborn child is the perfect metaphor and symbol for a wonderful new beginning. With twelve months ahead to welcome a child into this world, there's plenty of time to focus the remaining festive spirit into a charming little birth sampler cross stich kit, such as this best selling design from Vervaco. A long time favourite on our site, it's rich colours, cradling image and beautiful imagery make it the ideal nursery decoration to make for an expecting mother.

#2 - A Year of Magnets Cross Stitch Kit (Set of 12) by Janlynn

Every new year should start out with a calendar, but if you're after a unique and beautiful alternative then this set of magnet cross stitch designs should be perfect. With each month represented by a seasonal flower, we can easily imagine the full set blossoming on your fridge, holding up notices of important dates and yearly reminders.

#3 - A New Song Cross Stitch Kit by Design Works

If the New Year is going to make us do anything other than cross stich, it's sing, and this embroidery pattern based on Psalm 96 is ample inspiration. Wonderfully illustrated and made to go perfectly on any sewing room wall, there's few cross stitch kits better than this that we can recommend to put a tune in your heart and a song on your lips.

#4 - Sewing Mends The Soul Cross Stitch Kit by DMC

The key to a good New Year's resolution is to have one single, simple phrase as a bedrock, and in the case of promising to get more sewing done few will suffice quite like the mantra on this cross stitch design. Summing up the collective thoughts of those who live by the fabric, it also cleverly mixes colours, patterns and lovely typography for a clever cross stitch kit made by crafters, for crafters.

#5 - Hang On Kitty Cross Stitch Kit by Dimensions

Whilst we've listed plenty of cross stitch designs to help inspire, it always helps to have a pattern that can encourage one to keep on creating with the help of a little bit of humour (plus the always reliable image of a kitty!). Whether you need a pattern that will cheer you on to its completion, or you know someone who needs a nice image to boost their optimism and put a smile on their face, this pattern will never fail.

We've got plenty of great new cross stitch kits and designs for you to look forward to this year. To keep up to date with all new releases and offers, keep an eye on the Past Impressions Facebook page, Twitter and Google+!

Post By Graham Ashton