Hawthorn Choker

Ac­ces­sorize in Hal­loween style with this choker adorned with hawthorn leaves and berries. The “blood dro­plets” add a sparkling fin­ish. The black and red col­ors will also work for a Christ­mas or Valen­tine's Day choker.

Just Cross Stitch - - Contents - De­sign D by bN Natalia lL Luneva

Skill Level: Con­fi­dent Be­gin­ner Ma­te­ri­als • 8"x 21" piece 32- count black Belfast

linen from Zweigart®* • One skein each DMC® or Sul­li­vans®

USA six-strand em­broi­dery floss* • Size 26 ta­pes­try nee­dle *See Where to Find It on page 110.

Stitch Count: 20H x 232W De­sign Size: 11/4" x 141/2" In­struc­tions: Cross stitch over two threads us­ing two strands of floss. Work 1/4 cross stitch where small sym­bols ap­pear us­ing two strands of floss.

Back­stitch over two threads us­ing one strand 3371/45351. Fin­ish­ing Ma­te­ri­als & In­struc­tions • 2"x 16" piece 32- count black Belfast

linen from Zweigart®* • 1cm bronze jump ring • Bronze jew­elry clasp • Four 8mm red glass bi­cone beads • Gold metal­lic em­broi­dery floss • Hand-sewing nee­dle • Bead­ing nee­dle • Co­or­di­nat­ing sewing thread • Sewing ma­chine (op­tional) *See Where to Find It on page 110.

Press stitched piece from re­verse side, straight­en­ing as much as pos­si­ble. Trim stitched piece to 1/2" from stitch­ing on all sides. Place stitched piece over linen back­ing right sides to­gether and pin in place.

Stitch along long and short sides us­ing a 1/4" seam al­lowance and leav­ing 2" open­ing for turn­ing. Trim piece close to stitch­ing ex­cept for un­stitched area (to avoid ex­ces­sive fray­ing when piece is turned right side out). Clip cor­ners. Turn piece right side out through open­ing; press. Hand-stitch open­ing closed.

Sew jew­elry clasp to one end of choker. Mea­sure neck, then sew jump ring to op­po­site end of choker to fit.

To make bead strings, cut one 22" length of metal­lic floss and fold in half. Hold­ing the folded end of the thread, thread the bead­ing nee­dle so that a loop is at one end and ends are even. Move the nee­dle to­ward the loose ends, leav­ing a 4" tail.

Thread one red bead onto nee­dle and onto floss. When the bead is near the loop end, pull nee­dle through the loop and gen­tly pull, cre­at­ing a knot on the bead. Thread on an­other bead and when it’s near the first, bring nee­dle up through the bot­tom and gen­tly pull; the sec­ond bead will be knot­ted on top of the first. Re­peat for the third bead.

At­tach red beads to de­sired length to cen­ter back of choker, near the seam line.

Cre­ate a shorter sin­gle strand for re­main­ing bead and at­tach. f

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