Double-Sided Fun: Autumn/Spooky
Skill Level: Moderate Materials
• 10" x 10" piece (Leaf Cluster) and 10" x 14" piece (Autumn) 30- count cappuccino #1238 linen from Weeks Dye Works™ * • 10" x 10" piece (Ghost) and 10" x 14" piece (Spooky) 30- count pumpkin #2228 linen from Weeks Dye Works™ * • One skein The Gentle Art Sampler
Threads* • One skein each The Gentle Art Simply
Shaker Sampler Threads* • One skein each Weeks Dye Works™
Hand Over Dyed Floss* • One skein each Classic Colorworks
Hand Dyed Cotton Floss* • Size 24 tapestry needle *See Where to Find It on page 62. *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.
Leaf Cluster: 55H x 55W Autumn: 49H x 110W Ghost: 55H x 55W Spooky: 49H x 110W
Leaf Cluster: 32/ 3" x 32/ 3" Autumn: 31/ 3" x 71/ 3" Ghost: 32/ 3" x 32/ 3" Spooky: 31/ 3" x 71/ 3"
Instructions: Cross stitch over two threads using two strands of floss.
Finishing Materials & Instructions
• 1 yard coordinating cotton fabric • 2 plastic foam blocks: 4"x 4" x 2" and 4"x 8" x 2" • Cotton quilt batting • One sheet 1/8"-thick foam- core board • 11/4 yards 1/2"-wide coordinating grosgrain ribbon
for Leaf Cluster/Autumn block • 11/4 yards 1/2"-wide decorative ribbon for Ghost/
Spooky block • 23/4 yards 11/2"-wide satin ribbon • Flat-head straight pins • Pearl-head 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 foam-core 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 foam-core 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.
Referring to photo, center a stitched piece on the front of one block. Fold excess linen at top edge 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 ( grosgrain or decorative; see materials list) 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 1/2"-wide ribbon to that length. Beginning at center of bottom edge, wrap ribbon around block and pin in place, centering ribbon on 11/2"-wide ribbon. Repeat with remaining blocks.
Holding pieces of 1/2"-wide ribbons together, ends even, tie a knot in the center. Pin knot to center top of small block as shown; trim ribbon ends at an angle. Repeat with other small block.
For blocks' “feet,” pin one pearl-head pin in each corner of block bottoms. Find more stackable blocks in the February, April, June and August 2017 issues of
Just CrossStitch, available at AnniesCraftStore.com.