Cross-Stitch of the Month: September

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Download the cross-stitch pattern here.

 

Materials:

  • 6″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • 12″ square cross-stitch fabric
  • Embroidery floss: light green, dark green, pink, tan, brown
  • Embroidery needle

Cross-Stitch the Design: Place cross-stitch fabric in embroidery hoop, pulling fabric taut. Tighten screw. Using two strands of embroidery floss and following the downloadable chart (above) for the pattern, cross-stitch the cactus from the back side through the fabric. See how to cross-stitch below. Weave tail from last stitch under previous stitches; trim ends.

 

How to Cross-Stitch: From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many cross-stitches as needed.

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How to Finish: When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1/2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.


Visit us on the first of each month to receive a new seasonal cross-stitch pattern. Tag pics on Instagram with #MIYmaglife so we can see!


Get August’s pattern here.

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Spray-Painted Lantern

Designer: Tari Colby

Put empty plastic water bottles in the spotlight by shaping them into an assortment of contemporary flowers, spray-painting the petals, and adhering them to the outside of a paper-globe lantern.


Materials:

  • Approximately 50 to 60 empty water bottles in assorted sizes with labels removed
  • Electric knife (optional)
  • Spray paint
  • 20″-diameter paper lantern: white
  • Electrical cord kit
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

1. Using scissors or an electric knife, cut each water bottle in half. Cut five to nine times from the center to the end of each bottle half to create petals, shaping petal ends as desired.

2. Spray-paint the outsides of the petals. If desired, spray the bottle lids. Let dry.

3. Insert the electrical cord kit into the lantern. Hot-glue the bottle flowers to the outside of the lantern by placing a dab of glue on the bottle necks or the bottoms of the bottle halves. If desired, hot-glue a lid to the center of some of the flowers.

Wood-Burned Pendant

Designer: Jodi Harris

Experiment with a variety of wood-burner tips to freehand-draw dots, lines, squiggles, and letters onto colored wooden beads and a blank disc.


Materials:

  • Wood-burning pen (such as Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner)
  • Wood-burning tips: flow point and cone point (such as Walnut Hollow tips)
  • 8 to 10 colored wooden beads ranging in size from ¾” to 1″
  • 2″ round wooden disk
  • Transfer paper
  • Drill with ⅛” bit
  • 2 coordinating filler beads with small holes
  • Suede necklace cord
  • Jewelry pliers
  • 2 crimp ends with loops
  • 2 split rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jewelry chain
  • Pendant pattern (get it here)

1. Place desired wood-burning tip on the wood-burning pen. Freehand-draw lines, squiggles, dots, and letters onto the beads.

2. Place transfer paper on top of the wooden disc. Place the pendant pattern on top of the transfer paper. Using the blunt end of a ballpoint pen, trace the pattern to transfer it onto the wooden disk.

3. Burn the design lines on the wooden disk using a wood-burning pen fitted with a cone point.

4. Drill two holes spaced approximately ⅜” apart at the top of the disk.

5. Cut a necklace cord to desired length. Thread the cord ends from front to back through the holes in the disk. Adjust the cord so that the cord ends are even and the cord lays flat between the holes on the front of the disk.

6. Tie an overhand knot in the cord along each side of the wooden disk. Thread a filler bead onto each cord end; the knots should prevent the beads from touching the disk.

7. Thread the wood-burned beads onto the cord ends. Arrange the beads to create a balanced design on each side of the disk.

8. Using jewelry pliers, attach crimp ends to each cord end. Attach a split ring to each loop on the crimp ends.

9. Attach a lobster clasp to one split ring. Cut a 6″ length of jewelry chain; attach to the remaining split ring.

10. Fit necklace around your neck; adjust the chain length as needed by cutting off the excess chain. Leave about 2–3″ of necklace chain for small adjustments.

Floral Embroidered Pillow

Designer: Katherine Shaughnessey

With its spindly form and distinctive blooms, the sarsaparilla plant comes to life in textural crewel stitches.


Materials:

  • Natural linen (plain weave or twill): one 24″ square (pillow front) and two 16×20″ rectangles (pillow back)
  • 8″ embroidery hoop
  • Crewel wool thread: 1 skein each of Appleton #441, #442, #443, #445, #481, #992
  • Chenille needle: size 24, or comparable crewel needle of your choice
  • White cotton fabric for lining: one 20″ square and two 16×20″ rectangles
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Sewing thread
  • 18″ square pillow form
  • Tracing paper
  • Fabric pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Ruler
  • Embroidery pattern (get it here)

1. Trace the embroidery pattern onto the center of the linen square. Hoop the pillow front.

2. Stitch the stem and branches using chain stitch and #445. Split- stitch the leaves, alternating the uses of #441, #442, and #443. Stitch each blossom using circular couching stitch and #992 (see diagrams, below) and double-wrapped French knots on the ends. Use quadruple-wrapped French knots and #481 for the flower centers. (See how to embroider these stitches here.)

3. Block your finished crewelwork.

4. Trim 2″ from each side of the pillow front, leaving a 1″ border on all sides. The linen fabric with finished crewelwork should now measure 20″ square.

5. Lay your crewelwork facedown on a flat surface. Lay the 20″ square lining piece on top of your crewelwork. Pin the two pieces of fabric together and baste with sewing thread and hand-sewing needle, using a series of 1- to 2″-long straight stitches in diagonal rows spaced about 3″ apart. Stitch loosely, so stitches will be easy to remove later; set aside.

6. Lay one 16×20″ linen rectangle on a flat surface. Place one of the 16×20″ lining pieces on top of the linen rectangle. Pin together and baste as described above. Repeat for the second piece of pillow back and lining fabric.

7. For each pillow back piece, fold one long edge 112” in toward the lining. Press with a hot iron or finger-press. Fold in again another 112“, press, and pin along the folded edge.

8. Using sewing thread, blanket- stitch along the inside folded edge on each of the back pieces. Remove the pins. You should now have two 13×20″ pieces of basted, lined, and hemmed fabric that will be used to make the backing for your pillow.

9. Lay your basted and lined crewelwork faceup on a flat surface. Lay one of the small pieces facedown on top of the crewelwork with the fold in the middle and the left edges lining up. Pin the left edges together. Lay the other small piece in the same manner, matching the right side edges of the crewelwork; pin edges together. The two folded and hemmed edges now overlap in the center.

10. Pin the top and bottom edges, and place a few pins through the center where the two smaller pieces overlap. Flip your work so the lining side of the crewelwork is facing up.

11. Machine-sew the three pieces together, leaving a 1″ hem on all sides; remove pins.

12. Trim the seam allowance to 12“. Snip corners, being careful not to cut too close to the seam; remove the basting stitches. Turn the pillow right side out.

13. Using the end of a blunt scissors, a knitting needle, or chopsticks, gently push out corners from inside the pillow. Slip the pillow insert into the opening in the back of the pillow cover and adjust as necessary.

Cross-Stitch of the Month: August

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Download the cross-stitch pattern here

 

Materials:

  • 6″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • 12″ square cross-stitch fabric
  • Embroidery floss: orange and teal
  • Embroidery needle

Cross-Stitch the Design: Place cross-stitch fabric in embroidery hoop, pulling fabric taut. Tighten screw. Using two strands of embroidery floss and following the downloadable chart (above) for the pattern, cross-stitch the flip-flops from the back side through the fabric. See how to cross-stitch below. Weave tail from last stitch under previous stitches; trim ends.

 

How to Cross-Stitch: From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many cross-stitches as needed.

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How to Finish: When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1/2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.


Visit us on the first of each month to receive a new seasonal cross-stitch pattern. Tag pics on Instagram with #MIYmaglife so we can see!


Get July’s pattern here.

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