Victorian Cottage Ornament

DESIGN AREA: 37w x 47h. (Cottage only - 29w x 38h)

FINISHED SIZE: 2-5/8"w x 3-3/8"h on 14 count fabric. (Cottage only - 2"w x 2-3/4"h)

MATERIALS: Black embroidery floss and white or off-white Aida, Zweigart® Aida Plus or other evenweave fabric.

INSTRUCTIONS: Using one strand black floss, work all backstitches first then fill in with cross stitches and half cross stitches as indicated on the chart. The darkest areas of stitching (x=2 strand cross stitch) are best worked first before outlining with backstitches.

1 strand half cross stitch
1 strand cross stitch
2 strand cross stitch

FINISHING: If you have used Aida Plus, a plain piece of the same fabric can be fused to the back of the design. If another fabric was used, a Christmas plaid or print can be fused to the back of the design using medium weight fusible interfacing. Cut the interfacing larger than the design and iron on following manufacturer's directions. Trim the shape one row from the backstitched line.

A pretty finish to this ornament is a ribbon hanger with bow using Kreinik's metallic 1/16" ribbon in a color to coordinate with your backing fabric. Thread a tapestry needle with a 12" length of ribbon. Poke the needle through the front on the right of the square at the top, then back through the left side of the square. If you want to finish the tails with an overhand knot, do it now. Even out the lengths in front leaving a 1" to 1-1/2" loop in back. Make a bow and enjoy the ornament.

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