The Christ­mas Stitch Ev­er­green Star Or­na­ment

Or­na­ment

Just Cross Stitch - - Contents - Kath­leen Ber­lew

Get a jump start on hol­i­day stitch­ing with this Ev­er­green Star Or­na­ment de­sign. A kalei­do­scope of stately, lush ev­er­greens will adorn your Christ­mas tree for years to come. Skill Level: Easy Stitch Count: 53H x 53W De­sign Size: 31/ 3" x 31/ 3"

Ma­te­ri­als

• 10" x 10" piece 32- count lamb­swool

Jo­belan from Wichelt Im­ports Inc.* • One skein each DMC® or Sul­li­vans®

USA six-strand em­broi­dery floss* • Size 26 ta­pes­try nee­dle *See Where to Find It on page 65.

In­struc­tions

Cross stitch over two threads us­ing two strands of floss.

Fin­ish­ing Ma­te­ri­als & In­struc­tions

• Two 21/2" x 41/2" pieces red cot­ton

print fab­ric • 41/2"-square piece iron- on fusible

in­ter­fac­ing • 10" length 1/4"-wide red rick­rack • Dried bal­sam fir (for stuff­ing) from

Paine Prod­ucts Inc.

Press stitched piece from re­verse side, straight­en­ing as much as pos­si­ble. Trim stitched piece to 41/2" square, cen­ter­ing de­sign and cre­at­ing an even bor­der all around. Fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s di­rec­tions, ap­ply the fusible in­ter­fac­ing to wrong side of stitched piece.

To make back­ing, place the red fab­ric pieces to­gether, right sides fac­ing, and pin along one long edge. Us­ing a 1/4" seam al­lowance, sew pieces to­gether 1" from each outer edge (the un­stitched 21/2" open­ing in the cen­ter will be used for turn­ing and fill­ing the or­na­ment). Open back­ing piece and place face­down on iron­ing board; press seam open and turn back same amount of fab­ric (1/4") along both sides of un­stitched cen­ter seg­ment. ( Fin­ished back­ing piece should mea­sure 41/2" square.)

Pin stitched piece and back­ing to­gether, right sides fac­ing, and sew around all edges with 1/4" seam al­lowance. Trim cor­ners and turn or­na­ment ride side out through open­ing in back­ing. Fold rick­rack in half and sew to back of or­na­ment for hanger. Fill or­na­ment with dried bal­sam fir and whip­stitch open­ing closed. Note: Take care that the fin­ished or­na­ment does not get wet as wa­ter may cause the pine bal­sam to bleed through the fab­rics.

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