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.
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