Make a… wall hang­ing

Cross Stitcher - - Just For Fun - De­signed by: Jenny Bar­ton Stitch count: 124 high x 56 wide De­sign size: 22.5x10.5cm (9x4¼in) Stitch time: 20 hours This de­sign was stitched on 14 count aida fab­ric.

Step 1 STITCH

the par­rot in the cen­tre of your aida fab­ric, us­ing two strands for the cross stitch and one for the back­stitch. Po­si­tion your stitched aida and back­ing fab­ric right-sides to­gether. Stitch down both long sides with a 1.25cm (½in) seam al­lowance. Trim away some of the ex­cess seam al­lowance, then turn to the right side and press.

Step 2 FOLD

4cm (1½in) at the top of the hanger over onto the wrong side of the fab­ric. Press in place. Work­ing on the wrong side, fold un­der 1.25cm (½in) to neaten, and then catch stitch the seam in place. Re­peat for the bot­tom edge.

Step 3 PLACE

the dowel into the chan­nel made at the top of the hang­ing, and then us­ing a large-eyed nee­dle threaded with Pearl Cot­ton, make a row of run­ning stitches across the hanger, cre­at­ing a smaller chan­nel, whilst adding a dec­o­ra­tive row to the top of the hanger.

Step 4 CUT

your Pearl Cot­ton into 43cm (17in) lengths, fold two in half and thread the cut ends through your large-eyed nee­dle. Make a small stitch across two squares of aida along the bot­tom edge of the hanger. Pull through un­til the loop sits on the edge of the fab­ric, push the nee­dle through the loop and then pull the thread ends un­til it sits neatly against the fab­ric. Re­peat across the bot­tom edge of the hanger.

Step 5 KNOT

the first two sets of cords to­gether, 4cm (1½in) down from the bot­tom of the hanger. Re­peat across the row. Leave the first set of cords hang­ing, and then knot in pairs across the row as be­fore. For the fi­nal row, knot the first and sec­ond sets, and then re­peat across the row. Knot the ends of each set of cords to­gether. Add a hanger to the dowel ends us­ing Pearl Cot­ton or cord.

We have used a sim­ple knot to cre­ate our macramé style edg­ing, if you would like to try out a more complicated edg­ing, turn to our book give­away on page 22

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