Samplers Not Forgotten,
The Gentle Art Sampler Threads
DMC® Alternative Listed in Parentheses* 0310 (3685) claret ♦
The Gentle Art Simply Shaker Sampler Threads
DMC® Alternatives Listed in Parentheses* ) 7063 (310) onyx N 7025 (B5200) Shaker white $ 7080 (3011) endive *DMC® alternatives are not one-to- one equivalents of the floss suggested by the designer. To achieve results pictured, use floss listed in the first column.
10" x 9" piece 40-count vintage meadow rue from Lakeside Linens Stitch Count: 70H x 53W Design Size: 35/ 8" x 23/4"
Cross stitch over two threads using one strand of floss. Work 1/2 cross stitch over one thread using one strand of floss for “Merry Christmas.”
Finishing Materials & Instructions
Coordinating cotton fabric Polyester fiberfill Five small rusted jingle bells Twine Small-diameter pliable branch 20- or 22-gauge wire 3/4"- wide coordinating ribbon Needle-nose pliers Press stitched piece from reverse side, straightening as much as possible. Gently pull eighth thread from stitching on all sides and trim to 1/4" from pulled thread.
Cut a piece of fabric 3/4" larger than trimmed stitched piece for front. Fold stitched piece under at pulled thread and center on front fabric piece. Sew stitched piece to front fabric, leaving extra front fabric exposed around edges.
Cut a piece of fabric the same size as front of ornament for back. Place front and back fabric pieces right sides together. Sew together using 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a small opening. Turn ornament right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Sew opening closed.
Cut a piece of twine to same length as perimeter of stitched piece. Whipstitch twine to linen edges using one strand of 7063 floss. Sew jingle bells to bottom of ornament, spacing evenly.
Form a small loop on one end of wire, then twist wire around branch; form another loop at other end. Attach branch to ornament by sewing wire loops to each top corner. Make a bow using coordinating ribbon and attach to hanger.