It's almost never too early for Christmas, at least for those who plan on fashioning holiday-oriented home accessories, tree decorations, and gifts. Instead of concentrating on one specific craft or focusing on one particular theme, Lawther selects 11 different holiday motifs and then shows, by way of color photographs, a few directions, and a lot of templates, how these patterns can be used. Snowflakes, for instance, can be drawn on paper tablecloths with an opaque white felt pen. Old-fashioned lace-up boot ornaments symbolize a Victorian Christmas. And seasonal greens are captured for posterity on a place mat bordered with cross-stitch ivy leaves. A roundup of materials and techniques at the end instruct the reader on the basics of crafts, from embroidery to stenciling.