Two adorable bunnies exchange a gift on a precious ball-shaped ornament design. Detailed finishing instructions will have this hanging from your tree in time for the holiday festivities.
Mistletoe Kiss Design by Olena Khirkh-Yalan Skill Level: Intermediate Materials
• Two 8" x 8" pieces 40- count flax
Newcastle linen from Zweigart®* • One skein each DMC® or Sullivans
USA® six-strand embroidery floss* • Size 24 tapestry needle *See Where to Find It on page 59.
321 45062 red 666 45155 red, bt. 818 45220 baby pink B5200 45002 snow white 986 45307 forest green, vy. dk. 987 45308 forest green, dk. 3862 45460 mocha beige, dk. 3863 45461 mocha beige, med. 3864 45462 mocha beige, lt.
666 45155 red, bt. 986 45307 forest green, vy. dk. 987 45308 forest green, dk. 3031 45323 mocha brown, vy.
dk. 3863 45461 mocha beige, med. B5200 45002 snow white
3031 45323 mocha brown, vy.
dk. 3326 45338 rose, lt. 3864 45462 mocha beige, lt. 986 45307 forest green, vy. dk. B5200 45002 snow white
Rabbits: 32H x 33W No Peeking: 23H x 40W
Rabbits: 12/ 3" x 12/ 3" No Peeking: 11/4" x 2"
Instructions: Cross stitch over two threads using one strand of floss. Work cross stitch over one thread where small symbols appear, using one strand of floss.
Backstitch over two threads using one strand of floss.
Work French knot using one strand of floss and wrapping floss around needle twice.
Finishing Materials & Instructions
• Two 8" x 8" pieces coordinating fabric • 8" x 8" piece green felt • One spool Kreinik #002 gold very fine
braid #4 • 1 yard gold cording • Gold bead cap • Disappearing-ink marking pen • Tracing paper • Fabric glue • Coordinating sewing thread • Polyester fiberfill • Sewing machine (optional) Press stitched pieces from reverse side, straightening as much as possible.
Trace the bauble pattern given on page 55 onto tracing paper and cut out, adding a 1/4" seam allowance. Using paper template and a disappearing-ink pen, trace bauble shape onto stitched pieces centering stitched design within the shape. Cut out.
Use the paper template to cut two bauble shapes from coordinating fabric.
Trace the holly pattern given on page 55 onto tracing paper and cut out. Use paper template to cut three holly leaves from green felt.
Put one stitched design piece and one coordinating fabric piece together with right sides facing; pin to hold, matching points and shapes. Sew together along one side, making sure to keep pieces aligned. Trim excess seam allowance if needed. Press seam open. Repeat with
other stitched piece and coordinating fabric piece, sewing the opposite side together.
Put the halves of the bauble right sides together and pin in place, matching points and curves. Each stitched piece should be facing a coordinating fabric shape. Sew halves together, leaving open a 1" space near top for turning. Trim excess seam allowance if necessary, except for seam allowance at opening.
Press seams open. Baste seam allowance at the opening for turning to the wrong side. Turn right side out, carefully smoothing all curves.
Stuff firmly with fiberfill. Make sure the ornament keeps its shape and is firm. Sew opening closed.
Using fabric glue, attach braid along seams between sections. Begin gluing from the top, go aound and repeat for the other side. Allow glue to dry completely.
Embellish felt holly leaves by working backstitch along the contour using one strand # 002 very fine braid # 4.
Pin the leaves in place at the top of ornament and glue in place. Insert the gold cording through the hole in the bead cap. Tie a knot on it. Glue the knot to the bead cap. Insert the excess ends of the cording inside the bead cap and glue it to the bauble, right in the center where points of holly leaves meet.