Make a… wall hanging
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