Cross-stitched Iris Inspirational

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch a special message to beautify your home at Easter and all year long. The gorgeous colors and art deco-inspired design remind us of stained glass!

Materials

  • DMC Charles Craft 14-count White Aida, 10”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg.: Blending Filament, Braid #8

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: one strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: one strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-1/2”x7”; stitch count: 76 w x 97 h

Iris

1. To find center, fold cloth in half and in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

2. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

3. Stitch design centered on fabric. Where indicated, use one strand Kreinik 091 Star Yellow Braid #8. Use one strand embroidery floss and two strands Kreinik 032 Pearl Facets Blending Filament where indicated.

4. Stitch French knots and backstitch with one strand DMC 3842 Wedgewood-DK, and flowers with one strand DMC 310 Black.

Tip

  • Instead of using matte board to frame, substitute coordinating colored ribbon (as shown in photo).

by Lois Winston

Erin Go Bragh

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Even if you’re not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate. Greet guests for this fun celebration with this gorgeous Erin Go Bragh cross-stitch design.

Materials

  • Zweigart White 28-count Lugana, 13”x12”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands wrapped two times
  • Specialty Stitch: 3 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / STitch Count

Approximate finished size: 6-1/2”x5-1/4”; Stitch Count: 90 w x 75 h”

Erin Go Bragh

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Backstitch design using 1 strand floss. Stitch French Knots with 2 strands (wrapped two times) and stitch Specialty Stitch using 3 strands.

4. Finish as desired.

by Pamela Kellogg

Be Welcome Be Warm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Nothing warms the soul like a warm beverage on a cold winter’s day. Give guests a hearty and warm welcome with this beautiful cross-stitched greeting.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports Antique Ivory 28-count Jobelan, 17 x 10”
  • Crescent Colours 6-Strand Hand-dyed Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Blending Filament

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Blended Needle: 1 strand floss/1 strand blending filament
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 10-3/4”x3-5/8”; Stitch count: 151 w x 52 h

Be Welcome Be Warm

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Finish as desired.

Tip

You can find hand-dyed Crescent Colours fibers online at www.everythingcrossstitch.com  and www.123stitch.com.

by Lynda Orme for Forever In My Heart

Have I Toad You?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Have I “toad” you lately that I love you? Stitch this adorable toad cross-stitch as a fun way to let that someone special know exactly how you feel.

Materials

  • 14-count pale yellow Aida cloth, 9”x11”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • The Gentle Art Sampler Threads 6-Strand Gently Overdyed Embroidery Floss
  • Weeks Dye Works 6-Strand Hand Overdyed Floss
  • Buttons: toad, heart

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 4”x6”; stitch count: 57 w x 84 h

Toad Design

1. Print chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Hand sew buttons to design using two strands GA Sampler: heart, #304 Red Medium; toad, #3362 Pine Green Dark.

4. Finish as desired.

by Nicole C. McNaught for Serenity in Stitching

Cardinal “Guest” Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Bright and cheery, the flaming red feathers of a cardinal are breathtaking on a fresh blanket of winter snow. Stitch this beautiful cardinal towel to brighten your guests’ day and show them they are truly special.

Materials

  • White hand towel with 14-count Aida band
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery Needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knots: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

size / stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 11-1/4”x2-1/2”; stitch count: 158 w x 35 h

Towel

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on band.

3. Backstitch bird’s eye using 1 strand DMC 310 Black. Backstitch all other using DMC 801 Coffee Brown, Dk.

4. Stitch French Knot using 1 strand DMC 747 Sky Blue, Vy. Lt., wrapped two times.

by Pamela Kellogg

Love Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

‘Tis the season… for love! Stitch this elegant pillow to create a romantic atmosphere in your home this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • 14-count white Aida, 12″x10″
  • White satin or fabric of choice (pillow backing), 12″x10″
  • Anchor 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Gathered white lace of choice, 1-1/2” wide, 1-1/2 yards

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Fiberfill (for pillow stuffing)
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approx finished size: 8-5/8” w x 6-3/4” h; stitch count 120 w x 95 h

Pillow

1. Print pattern and key.

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch design as shown using 1 strand Gray, Med (Anchor 400) embroidery floss.

4. To create pillow, cut 12”x10” pillow backing; zigzag stitch around edges to prevent raveling. Position pillow backing on work surface and secure lace with pins around outside edges, matching selvages. (Note: Lace should be laying inward, against pillow backing.) Baste lace to pillow backing; remove pins. Place cross-stitched pillow front on pillow backing with right sides together, matching selvages. Secure with pins. Stitch pillow together using 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving 4″ opening for turning. Trim seams and clip corners; turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill. Hand sew opening closed.

by Pamela Kellogg

Snowmen Fall From Heaven

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

As swirling snowflakes welcome in the new year, create this cross-stitch reminder that all snowmen fall from heaven!

Materials

  • Ice Blue 14-count Aida, 12” x 14”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 6-1/2”x8-1/8”; stitch count: 92 w x 114 h

Snowmen

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

by Carolyn Manning

Penguin Bookmark

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Here’s a perfect, quick-and simple design to create if you’re new to cross-stitch or need a last-minute gift idea.

Materials

  • Charles Craft White 18-count Fringed Aida Bookmark, 1-7/8”x6-1/4”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #26

Stitch Type

Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

STEP 1

Print pattern and key.

STEP 2

Stitch design centered on fabric.

Tip

To find center of bookmark, fold in half and in half again in opposite direction. Mark center with contrasting thread.

by Charles Craft

 

Decemburrr!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Decemburrr is here! With snowflakes swirling about, this adorable snowman is sure to be the hit of your holiday décor.

Materials

  • Wichelt Imports 14-count Wedgewood Aida, 11”x12”
  • DMC: 6-strand Embroidery Floss, 6-strand Light Effects Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Blending Filament
  • Wichelt Imports Mill Hill Treasures Metallic Snowflake Embellishment, Crystal Seed Beads

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • Half Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • Straight Stitch: 1 strand

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 4-1/8”x5-1/2”; stitch count: 58 w x 78 h

Snowman

1. Print key and pattern.

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Embellish several stitches on snowman’s face and body with one strand Kreinik Blending Filament #032 (Pearl) with cross-stitches sewn over existing cross-stitches.

4. Sew one Mill Hill Metallic Snowflake #15001 with two strands DMC B5200 (Snow White) and one Mill Hill Glass Seed Bead #00161 (Crystal) for each snowflake. (Note: Snowflakes come four to package.)

by Janis Lockhart for Cross-Point Designs

Deck The Halls

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

There’s no time like the present to get started on your holiday gift ideas. Stitch this quick-and easy design on a bag or tea towel for a festive gift.

Materials

  • Charles Craft Ecru Huck Towel with 14-count inset
  • Charles Craft Natural Small Tote with 14-count inset
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Gold Blending Filament

Tools

  • Needle

Stitch Type

  • Blended Needle: 1 strand floss/2 strands blending filament
  • Cross Stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate size of finished design: 3-1/2″x5″; stitch count: 50 w x 69 h

Deck the Halls

1. Print pattern and key.

2. Stitch design centered on inset.

by Lois Winston for Charles Craft