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How to design your own cross stitch pattern

Cross Stitch Flowers

Cross stitched flowers

 

What you will need:

  • a picture to convert to cross stitch
  • tracing graph paper
  • markers or coloured pencils
  • a floss shade card

handpainted vintage postcard

Original image (handpainted vintage postcard)

1. Choose a tracing graph paper which correspond in size to the fabric count you will use (the higher the count, the more detailed your design will be). You can download and print it here for free.

How To Design Your Own Cross Stitch Pattern

2. Lay the tracing graph paper over the image you would like to convert and redraw the image by colouring the grid squares.

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3. Add backstitch lines, french knots or beads.

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4. Use a shade card to match thread colours and make a simple chart key with thread numbers.

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5. Now you can stitch your design!

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Needlebook stitched on 32 count cream linen

FREE CHART

Free cross stitch pattern by Ajisai Press

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Blank cross stitch gridsBLANK CROSS STITCH GRIDS

This PDF contains 4 printable blank grids:
– 11 count Aida
– 14 count Aida and 28 count linen
– 16 count Aida and 32 count linen
– 18 count Aida and 36 count linen
You can print these grids on A4 white paper or tracing paper.

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DIY Tutorial & Freebie: cross stitched photo album

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What you will need:

  • For the outside cover: 4 squares of thick cardboard; 2 squares of wadding (batting) of the same size; 2 pieces of evenweave fabric (one embroidered, the other plain) large enough to cover the cardboard pieces
  • For the inside: 11 sheets of thinner card stock or paper (the same height as the outside cover, and twice as wide)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • PVA (white craft glue) diluted with water, or double sided tape
  • Needle and thread
  • A long piece of ribbon
  • A small charm (optional)

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COVER

Start with the front cover: glue a piece of batting to a square of cardboard and allow to dry.

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Stitch a cross stitch design of your choice on one of the fabric pieces. Place the embroidery right side down and place the cardboard backing, batting side down, in the centre.
Apply glue or double sided tape all around the edges of the cardboard.
Fold the fabric corners over the glued area.
Fold the sides of the fabric over and press.
Sew the corner mitres together to make them  neat and flat (use regular sewing thread).
Repeat the same steps for the back cover.

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Sew or glue the ribbon in place leaving a space between the covers sufficient to hold the necessary pages, and glue the remaining two squares of thick cardboard over it.

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INSIDE PAGES

Cut 11 or more pieces of card stock the same height as the outside cover, and twice as wide.
Fold each piece in half.

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Using glue or double sided tape, fix the folded pieces together to create an accordion-style fold as shown below.

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Glue the first accordion page to the front cover and the last page to the back cover.

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Close the book and make a bow with the ribbon. Add a charm of your choice.

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Our model was stitched on dark red 28 ct. Lugana evenweave fabric using DMC floss.

The cross stitched letters are from the book “Vintage Cross Stitch – Alphabets”

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Right-click on the image below to get our free chart!

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Alphabets - Abécédaires - Alfabeti

Vintage Cross Stitch
ALPHABETS / ABÉCÉDAIRES / ALFABETI

ISBN 9788875473174
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DIY Tutorial: embroidered powder compact

cross stitch embroidered powder compact

embroidered powder compact - tutorial: what you will need

What you will need:

powder compact; embroidery floss; linen; tapestry needle; embroidery scissors; embroidery hoop (optional); circle template; ruler; marking pencil; universal glue

The cross stitch pattern is from the model book “Neues Modelbuch Von unterschiedlicher Art der Blumen und anderer genehten Mödel” by Rosina Helena Fürst.

Step ① : measure diameter of your compact, choose a suitable pattern and start to stitch

embroidered powder compact - antique cross stitch pattern by Rosina Helena Fürst

Step ② : work a line of running stitch as shown below (use a circle paper template and a marking pencil to draw a circle with the right diameter)

embroidered powder compact - tutorial: step 1      embroidered powder compact - tutorial: step 2

Step ③ : work buttonhole stitch over the running stitch guidelines

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Step ④ : 

cut fabric away from outside of buttonhole stitch

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Step ⑤ :

place a thin line of glue all around the edge of the fabric cirle, on the wrong side

 

 

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Step ⑥ :

attach the embroidery to the lid of the compact

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embroidered powder compact 2

embroidered powder compact 3Model stitched on 32 ct. cream linen using two shades of antique blue (DMC 931 / Anchor 1034 and DMC 3752 / Anchor 1032)

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Rosina Helena Fürst
Neues Modelbuch
Von unterschiedlicher Art der Blumen und anderer genehten Mödel

ISBN 9788875473334
EURO 24.OO

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