The World of Cross Stitching : 2020-08-07

Squirrel Family Project : 28 : 28

Squirrel Family Project

Squirrel Family Project lllll 9QQ lQQl Q 60 70 Squirrel Family chart (bottom left) stitch How to... French knots French knots appear as dots on your chart. To work a French knot, bring the needle up through the fabric, hold the thread down with your left hand and wind it around the needle twice. Still holding the thread taut, take the needle back down through the fabric close by – one thread or part of a block away. Pull through until a neat knot is formed. When you’re pulling the thread through, be gentle as you could tighten it too much and lose the knotted effect. If you find that your French knots are on the smaller side, try stitching with more strands of thread together in the needle and then work the knot as normal for a ‘fatter’ result. If you struggle with French knots then you could try using seed beads instead. Squirrel Family chart (bottom right) TOP TIP This design doesn’t use fractional stitches, so you could easily stitch it on aida if you’re not a fan of evenweave Squirrels are one of my favourite animals – I love how cheeky they are! I adore Kay’s quirky design style, so I think I’ll stitch the squirrel peeking out of the tree trunk as a quick circular coaster for myself. EMILY, DESIGNER Shopping list Zweigart* 25-count spring green (6140) lugana evenweave measuring 43x43cm (17x17in) Stranded cotton as listed in the key Size 22 tapestry needle Frame of your choice with a minimum aperture of 28x28cm (11x11in) Thread & fabric cost Approximat­ely £32 *For stockists see page 90 28 The World of Cross Stitching

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