Vlad’s Broom Closet

De­sign by Nancy Wahler of Faith wurks De­signs

Just Cross Stitch - - In the Kitchen -

Skill Level: Con­fi­dent Be­gin­ner Ma­te­ri­als

• 11" x 12" piece 28- count clay mar­bled

Jo­belan from Wichelt Im­ports Inc.* • One skein each An­chor® or DMC® six

strand em­broi­dery floss* • One spool each Kreinik Blend­ing

Fil­a­ment* • Size 24 ta­pes­try nee­dle *See Where to Find It on page 110. Stitch Count: 72H x 87W De­sign Size: 51⁄8" x 6¼"

In­struc­tions:

Cross stitch over two threads us­ing two strands of floss.

Back­stitch (bs) over two threads us­ing one strand of floss or blend­ing fil­a­ment, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

Work straight/ long stitches for broom bris­tles us­ing three strands of floss, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

Work tack­ing stitch, as for couch­ing, be­low the broom­sticks at the top of the bris­tles us­ing the same three strands of floss for the bris­tles. Note: Work tack­ing stitch af­ter bris­tles are placed.

Work Smyrna cross stitch for pur­ple broom us­ing two strands 112/3837 over four threads.

Work French knot where ap­pears us­ing one strand 403/310 and wrap­ping floss around nee­dle twice.

Fin­ish­ing Ma­te­ri­als & In­struc­tions

• 6" tree twig • 4" bun­dle of broom straw • 4" jute twine • 10" x 13" piece co­or­di­nat­ing

cot­ton fab­ric • 10" x 13" piece black cot­ton fab­ric • Two 6½" squares bat­ting • One skein black pearl cot­ton #5 • One each but­ton from Just An­other But­ton Com­pany™: large Drac­ula 4622.L, fraidy cat 4587* • Tacky glue • Fram­ing tape • 6½" square foam core • 9¾" x 8¾" rec­tan­gle foam core • 9¾" x 8¾" rec­tan­gle mat board • Co­or­di­nat­ing thread *See Where to Find It on page 110.

To cre­ate broom em­bel­lish­ment, bun­dle the broom straw and at­tach to the bot­tom of the twig with three to four wraps of the jute twine. Tie a knot on the

back and secure with a tiny bit of glue.

Press stitched piece from re­verse side, straight­en­ing as much as pos­si­ble. At­tach but­tons us­ing two strands of co­or­di­nat­ing floss and re­fer­ring to photo for place­ment. Trim stitched piece to 2" from stitch­ing on all sides.

Run a strip of fram­ing tape on top of the 61/2" square of foam core. Ap­ply both bat­ting squares on top with a bit of tape in be­tween the two lay­ers to hold to­gether; trim to fit if needed. Place strips of fram­ing tape along all four sides of the back of the foam core square (bat­ting will be on the top side).

Cen­ter your stitched piece on top of the bat­ting side of the foam core square, bring the fab­ric edges to the back side and press onto the tape. Trim ex­cess fab­ric if needed. Miter the fab­ric cor­ners and glue down as flat as you can with tacky glue.

Cover the foam core rec­tan­gle with the co­or­di­nat­ing fab­ric us­ing the same steps as the stitched fab­ric. Cover the mat board rec­tan­gle with the black fab­ric. Run strips of fram­ing tape on the back side of the mat board rec­tan­gle and at­tach the cov­ered mat board rec­tan­gle on the strips with edges of rec­tan­gles even.

Ap­ply fram­ing tape to the back of the cov­ered foam core square and cen­ter it on the fab­ric-cov­ered rec­tan­gle; press firmly Note: Twisted- Cord­ing In­struc­tions ap­pear on page 107.

Us­ing the pearl cot­ton, make cord­ing. Us­ing tacky glue, at­tach cord­ing around the edges of the stitched piece as well as the fab­ric-cov­ered rec­tan­gle. Re­fer­ring to the photo for place­ment, at­tach broom em­bel­lish­ment with tacky glue.

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