Charlotte’s Web Needlework,
Stitch ’n Bake Skill Level: Advanced
Fabric: Three 11" x 8" pieces 32-count antique white Belfast linen by Zweigart® Stitch Count: 73H x 30W each Design Size: 45/ 8" x 17/ 8" each
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 two strands of floss.
Work French knots using two strands of floss and wrapping floss around needle twice.
Work rounded Rhodes stitch over eight threads using two strands of floss.
Finishing Instructions: Trim each section 3/8" from backstitching on all sides. Finger-press seam allowances to wrong side along backstitched border.
Place two panels together, wrong sides facing. Beginning at top, lace panels together along one side using ladder stitch and two strands of 167/45482. When bottom is reached, add third panel and continue with ladder stitch until top is reached.
Make a 6" length of twisted cord from 167/45482 for hanger; TwistedCording Instructions appear on page 107. Knot ends together.
Insert knotted ends of twistedcording hanger into top of ornament. Secure with tacking stitches, making sure knots are encased inside ornament.
Lace final sides together using ladder stitch about 3/4 of the way to the bottom; at that point, stop and stuff firmly with polyester fiberfill. Continue lacing with ladder stitch along backstitched border until sides are joined, adding more fiberfill as necessary. Secure lacing thread.
Add a tassel at the bottom using two strands of coordinating floss.