Pansy Ball

New Zealand de­signer Cherry Parker cre­ated a fun 12-sided ball with a sin­gle chart. Each side is stitched with a dif­fer­ent col­or­way. Con­struct­ing the ball is a mat­ter of match­ing sides, and then couch­ing metal­lic thread along the edges to pro­vide added di

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Skill Level: Con­fi­dent Beginner Ma­te­ri­als • 8"x 12" piece each color 25- count Lu­gana from Zweigart®: white (100), an­gel blush (443), daf­fodil (274), lit­tle boy blue (513) • One skein each DMC® or Sul­li­vans®

USA six-strand em­broi­dery floss* • One skein each DMC® Color Vari­a­tions

em­broi­dery floss* • Size 24 ta­pes­try nee­dle *See Where to Find It on page 64.

Stitch Count: 26H x 25W each pansy De­sign Size: 17/8" x 17/8" each pansy

In­struc­tions: Three pan­sies are stitched on each color fab­ric. Re­fer to red lines on chart to space pan­sies apart on fab­ric. Blue lines on chart in­di­cate fold lines for panel.

Cross stitch over two threads us­ing two strands of floss. When stitch­ing with DMC Color Vari­a­tions floss, com­plete each stitch in­di­vid­u­ally to ob­tain a good def­i­ni­tion of color.

Back­stitch each pansy over two threads with the darker petal color us­ing two strands of floss. Fin­ish­ing Ma­te­ri­als & In­struc­tions • Tem­plate ma­te­rial

(stiff card­board or plas­tic) • 1/8"-thick iron- on bat­ting • Polyester fiber­fill • Sewing nee­dle and thread • Kreinik Medium Braid #16 gold high

lus­tre 002HL • DMC 6-strand em­broi­dery floss 437 *See Where to Find It on page 64.

Press stitched pieces from the re­verse side, straight­en­ing as much as pos­si­ble. Make a tem­plate by copy­ing the red out­line on the chart onto tem­plate ma­te­rial. With pansy cen­tered, use tem­plate to mark and cut out each pen­tagon­shaped panel, mak­ing sure to align the bot­tom edge of tem­plate with the straight grain of the fab­ric.

Fol­low­ing blue lines on pat­tern, cut 12 pen­tagon shapes from bat­ting. Cen­ter the de­sign on the bat­ting and fol­low the man­u­fac­turer's in­struc­tions to iron the bat­ting to the wrong side of each stitched-pansy pen­tagon-shaped panel. Note: Pansy pen­tagon shape should be at least 1/4" larger on each side than bat­ting shape. Fold in fab­ric edges for hem and tack in place. Re­peat for all 12 pansy pan­els. Note: Re­fer to Assem­bly Di­a­gram for

place­ment of pan­els. Work­ing from the wrong side, slip-stitch five pan­els to a cen­ter panel. Stitch re­main­ing pan­els in the same fash­ion, with one cen­ter panel sur­rounded by five pan­els.

With right sides to­gether, slip­stitch edges of two pan­els as show in di­a­gram. Con­tinue stitch­ing pan­els to­gether to cre­ate a ball shape. With two seams still to be sewn, turn the ball to the right side and stuff firmly with fiber­fill. Slip-stitch the open­ing closed.

Use one strand em­broi­dery floss to couch Medium Braid to seams. Stitched and fin­ished by Linda Nel­son

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