Dou­ble-Sided Fun: Spring/ Sum­mer

Just Cross Stitch - - Hello Spring - De­signs by Theresa Curry and Brian Stugel­mayer of Nee­dle Bling De­signs

Skill Level: Beginner Ma­te­ri­als

• 10" x 10" piece (Bird­house) and 10" x 14" piece (Spring) 30- count parch­ment linen 1110 from Weeks Dye Works™ * • 10" x 10" piece (Bum­ble­bee) and 10" x 14" piece (Sum­mer) 30- count co­coa 1223 linen from Weeks Dye Works™ * • One skein each Weeks Dye Works™

Hand Over Dyed Floss* • One skein each The Gen­tle Art

Sam­pler Threads* • One skein each The Gen­tle Art

Sim­ply Shaker Sam­pler Threads* • One skein each Clas­sic Color­works

Hand Dyed Cot­ton Floss* • Size 24 ta­pes­try nee­dle

Stitch Count

Bird­house: 55H x 55W Spring: 49H x 110W Bum­ble­bee: 55H x 55W Sum­mer: 49H x 110W

De­sign Size

Bird­house: 33/4" x 33/4" Spring: 33/8" x 73/8" Bum­ble­bee: 33/4" x 33/4" Sum­mer: 33/8" x 73/8" In­struc­tions: Cross stitch over two threads us­ing two strands of floss. Work ad­ja­cent 3/4 and 1/4 cross stitches where small sym­bols ap­pear.

Fin­ish­ing Ma­te­ri­als & In­struc­tions

• 1 yard co­or­di­nat­ing cot­ton fab­ric • Two 4"x 4" x 2" blocks plas­tic foam • Two 4"x 8" x 2" blocks plas­tic foam • Two 4"x 4" x 4" pieces quilt bat­ting • Two 4"x 4" x 8" pieces quilt bat­ting • 3/4 yard co­or­di­nat­ing cot­ton fab­ric • One sheet 1/8"-thick foam- core board • 11/4 yards 1/2"-wide co­or­di­nat­ing rib­bon

for Bird­house and Spring blocks • 11/4 yards 1/2"-wide co­or­di­nat­ing rib­bon

for Bum­ble­bee and Sum­mer blocks • 11/4 yards jumbo yel­low rick­rack trim • Flat-head straight pins • Eight pearl head straight pins • White craft glue • X-Acto® knife

Press stitched pieces from re­verse side, straight­en­ing as much as pos­si­ble. Trim each stitched piece to 11/2" from stitch­ing on all sides.

Us­ing trimmed stitched pieces as tem­plates, cut one piece each size from co­or­di­nat­ing fab­ric for back­ing; set aside.

Us­ing plas­tic foam blocks as tem­plates and X-Acto knife, cut pieces of foam­core board to fit front, back and sides of each block. Pieces should fit to­gether to en­close plas­tic foam block.

Push­ing flat-head pins com­pletely into foam, pin front and back foam-core pieces to one foam block. Pin side pieces in place in the same man­ner. Re­peat with re­main­ing foam-core pieces and plas­tic foam blocks.

From quilt bat­ting, cut two pieces the same size as block fronts/ backs for each block. Glue one piece of bat­ting to front and one to the back of each foam block. Re­peat with re­main­ing pieces of bat­ting to glue to block fronts and backs.

Cen­ter a stitched piece on front of one block. Fold ex­cess linen at top over top of block; pin to se­cure. Re­peat on re­main­ing sides, pin­ning gen­er­ously and stretch­ing fab­ric gen­tly to keep it cen­tered. In the same man­ner, add one piece of back­ing fab­ric on back of same block, pin­ning along sides. Re­peat with re­main­ing stitched pieces, back­ing fab­ric and plas­tic foam blocks.

Mea­sure perime­ter around sides of one block for length and across a side for width. Add 1" to length and dou­ble the width and cut one strip of co­or­di­nat­ing fab­ric to that size. Fold long edges of fab­ric strip to mid­dle of strip, wrong sides fac­ing; press flat. Fold un­der 1/4" at each end of strip; press. Pin end of strip in place at bot­tom left cor­ner of block; wrap strip around block un­til be­gin­ning point is reached; pin to se­cure. Re­peat with re­main­ing blocks.

Mea­sure perime­ter around sides of one block. Add 1" to that mea­sure­ment and cut one piece of 11/2"-wide rib­bon to that length. Wrap rib­bon around block, start­ing and pin­ning at bot­tom cen­ter. Re­peat with re­main­ing blocks.

Mea­sure perime­ter around sides of one block. Add 1" to that mea­sure­ment and cut one piece of rick­rack trim to that length. Be­gin­ning at cen­ter bot­tom, wrap trim around block and pin in place, cen­ter­ing rick­rack on 11/2"-wide rib­bon. Re­peat with re­main­ing block.

Hold­ing pieces of 1/2"-wide rib­bons to­gether, ends even, tie a knot in the cen­ter. Pin knot to cen­ter top of Bird­house/ Bum­ble­bee block as shown; trim rib­bon ends at an an­gle. For blocks' “feet,” pin one pearl head pin in each cor­ner of block bot­toms.

*DMC® al­ter­na­tives are not one-to- one equiv­a­lents to the floss sug­gested by the de­signer. To achieve re­sults pic­tured, use floss listed in the first column.

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