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The gift of love
My wife loves cross stitch and I’d really like to surprise her by stitching something as a gift for Valentine’s Day. It needs to be very easy as I’m new to stitching. Can you help me?
Greg Bellamy, Berkshire
What a lovely idea, Greg! How about stitching her this cute DIY Cross Stitch Jewellery Kit – Bamboo Adjustable Ring with Pale Purple Heart Design from RedGate Stitchery? It’s perfect for you as it has minimal stitching in just one shade. Made from laser-cut bamboo, the ring measures approximately 2.5cm (1in) in diameter. The silver-plated ring base is adjustable and will fit ring sizes J½ -T ½ (5-10 US sizing). The kit is also available in pink and contains circular bamboo, a silver-plated adjustable ring, thread, a needle and chart. To buy for $20 (approximately £12), visit www.redgatestitchery.etsy.com.
Two become one
What does it mean when there are two symbols in one square on a cross stitch chart?
Olive Evans, Glasgow
Two symbols in the same square indicate you need to work a quarter stitch and a three-quarter stitch. To make a quarter stitch, bring the needle up at the corner and take it down through the centre, halfway across the diagonal, splitting the aida block. To turn this into a threequarter stitch, work a half cross stitch across the other diagonal of the square. Look at the key to decide which shade is the three-quarter stitch – usually the foreground colour of the design.
I try to avoid waste and like to keep all of my fabric scraps, but my stash is getting out of hand. How can I use up all my leftover aida remnants?
Edna Dillock, Hampshire
We can’t bear throwing away scraps of aida either, Edna! The great news is there are tons of ways to use up your odds and ends. You could stitch initals onto squares and stick onto pieces of coloured card to make quick gift tags, or stitch mini motifs on several small pieces of material and stitch together to make a patchwork-style hanging. A really easy way to use up scraps is by covering buttons. These Hemline Self-Cover Buttons cost £2.65, and mean you can turn small stitches into beads, badges and hair band accessories! For stockists, email email@example.com or call 01453 883 581.
This sweet ring kit makes a thoughtful gift for Valentine’s Day