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Halloween is nearly here so I thought I wold design some freebies..
Here are some free cross stitch patterns for you to try.
Happy Halloween x
I am glad to announce that my shop is up and running on my website! I am absolutely thrilled!
Here is a direct link to my website
I can’t wait to start accepting your orders 🙂
I really am getting into this whole world of technology! So much so that I have my own website 🙂
I am transferring my free patterns onto there and will be putting lots of new tutorials on too.
I will not charge for my tutorials, however, there is a donation button which will help to keep my pattern and tutorials free. Any kind donations will be much appreciated, just donate what you feel they are worth. Thank you in advance and happy crafting 🙂
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As promised here are the step by step instructions on how to cross stitch.
I hope you find them easy enough to follow.
What you will need
Embroidery needle (this has a bigger eye and blunt point)
Aida (specialist fabric with a square count… The one I used for the free cupcake pattern was 14 count … This means there are 14 squares per inch. You can get as small as 28 count and as large as 4 count. )
How to set up an embroidery hoop
Get the fabric and the hoop.
Split the hoop by pushing out the inner circle.
Place the Aida over the top of the inner hoop. (Centralise it all … The image is to show the order of placing everything.) Place the outer hoop on top and gently push the outer hoop down to create tension on the fabric.
How to thread a needle
Embroidery silks are called skeins.
A skein consists of 6 individual threads spun together.
When cross stitching on 14 count Aida it is best to use a piece which consists of two threads unless specified.
I find it easiest to wrap the thread over the stem of the needle. Pull it tight. Pull the needle out whilst still holding onto the thread. Then shimmy the eye of the needle onto the thread. Do not put a knot in the end of the thread! Hold onto about an inch of excess thread on the back as this will not how through the other side.
How to create a single cross stitch
Push your needle through one of the holes where you wish to start the design. Work diagonally to the top right and push the needle down into the fabric.
Remember to hold onto the excess thread on the back to avoid pulling it through.
Push the needle up through the bottom right hole.
Push the needle down through the top left hole.
Get a giant rabbit to ‘help’ you!
It should look like this.
How to cross stitch a row
Repeat the first step of creating the diagonal stitch, but instead of going back on yourself to create the cross, continue creating diagonals for as long as guided on the pattern.
When you have stitched the correct amount, go back on yourself to create a cross stitch.
Two complete stitches.
Following the pattern
Every block of colour on the pattern is to be stitched onto the Aida by counting. Hence the name counted cross stitch.
Running out of thread or changing colour
When your thread starts to get too short to work with, weave the remaining thread into the back of the work.
Then weave the new thread in.
How to work a pattern
Complete one section of colour before moving onto another. Leave gaps where the next colour is to go.
Re thread in the next colour and fill in the gaps.
I like to work from top to bottom in rows. Some people like to work from the centre.
So here it is … The next free pattern as promised.
It is not what I expected to be uploading as I was hoping for my Blythe dolls to have arrived by now. I am currently finding out that there are hefty customs charges from New Zealand!
I was hoping to be giving you a free Blythe clothing pattern … But I need to have the doll to ensure the correct sizing.
So for now I am uploading the first stage of my Kawaii cupcake cross stitch pattern.
You will need
14 count Aida
A range of embroidery silks ( feel free to use different colours)
Embroidery hoop (optional)
Cross stitch is a very easy craft which gets progressively more difficult with the more colours and shading. Some cross stitch patterns require half and quarter stitches too, plus you can also combine threads and shade too.
This pattern however is very easy with blocks of colour, no half or quarter stitches, no blending and no back stitching.
I will be adding step by step instructions as I complete my example, which means … Even if you have never done any cross stitching before you will be able to complete this design.
Well at least I hope it ends up that way… A bit hopefull, but you never know unless you aim high and try.
So at the moment I really do not know much about anything really … What a way to start!
I seem to have managed a complete u-turn in my life and I’m finally biting the bullet and pursuing a creative future.
I am new to blogging, Facebook pages, Etsy, EBay as a seller, twitter (I may have to try a little tweeting), and well everything technology based. This one day old iPad may just help me whilst delving into all of these potential communication highways!
What I am not new to is my absolute passion for crafting! Since the age of 5 I have been pottering around with a needle and thread. Ironically … By making dolls clothes … I remember my Aunty Jan giving me a carrier bag every month brimming with the most adorable scraps of fabric. I simply loved rummaging through the bag of goodies, heart racing and ideas overflowing! I distinctly remember making a white fitted shirt for my barbie … Looking at my Sylvanian Family and in my Mums button tin … Thinking why hasn’t she got any tiny buttons… Then taking them off my Sylvanian Family rabbits dungaree dress! Well needs must!
I continued crafting throughout my life. I was given a beautiful old Singer hand sewing machine with gilt work all over it by my Aunty Wendy at the age of 9. Beautiful precise stitches, the sound of the machine whirring away as I turn the handle. My own little world of creation.
I was devastated when they didn’t offer a G.C.S.E in Textiles at school, no reason …they just didn’t. There were many comments like ‘well what will you do with that qualification?’ It just made me more determined to create at home.
I’m rather academic and had some tests at school as I was such a high achiever … But my passion is firmly with the arts. ‘you’re wasting your IQ’ ‘well it is at 172 – so I’m sure I will not miss a few!’ ‘why don’t you be an accountant, doctor, lawyer, blah,blah, blah…’ I was adamant to do something I enjoyed … Fair enough I could whizz through mathematical equations (that was only so I could get out my art work to complete in the remainder of the time!) but it was not me.
When it came to choosing G.C.S.E’s I was seen as being insane … Art and Drama… I was adamant! No one was changing my mind! ‘ You can’t get a job with those qualifications!’ ‘… Your expected grade in drama is a G. ‘
If you tell me I can’t do something … I will prove I can!
So after getting an A* in both Art and Drama I went to college to study acting. 😀
Two weeks from choosing drama schools RADA, Brit School, Italia Conti etc. I decided to apply to LIPA … On the design course… WHHHHAAATTT??!?!!??? My lecturer gave me two weeks off college to compile a portfolio. Long story (cut short) (I’m sure I will waffle on at a later date!) I got an unconditional offer!
So what have I done with the art and drama … Costume designer for 5 years … Teacher for 6 years winning the North West Gold award for 5 consecutive years. I also appeared on Channel 4’s Thelma’s Gypsy Girls as a tutor. So not bad really.
Let’s see where this path leads me!