Full crosses worked on 14-count Aida make this dainty piece a fun quick-to-stitch gift for a book-loving friend.
Skill Level: Easy Stitch Count: 132H x 39W Design Size: 91/2" x 27/8"
• 16" x 9" piece 14- count white Aida from Wichelt
Imports Inc.* • One skein each DMC® or Sullivans® USA six-strand
embroidery floss* • Size 24 tapestry needle *See Where to Find It on page 65.
Instructions Finishing Instructions
Cross stitch over two threads using two strands of floss. Where small symbols appear, work 1/4 cross stitch using two strands of floss.
Backstitch over two threads using one strand of floss.
Press stitched piece from reverse side, straightening as much as possible.
Trim stitched piece to 1/2" from stitching on all sides. Using trimmed stitched piece as a template, cut backing fabric to same size.
Measure out 1/4" from stitching on all sides and fingerpress seam allowances to back, mitering corners. Repeat for backing fabric.
Place stitched piece and backing together with wrong sides facing. Blindstitch around edges using single strand of sewing thread. Press to flatten edges and corners.