Cross Stitch Patterns

 

Birds

The Mallards Cross Stitch Pattern
The Pheasants Cross Stitch Pattern
Bluebird
Robin
Oriole
Blue Jay

Dogs

Poodle Cross Stitch Pattern
Collie
Cocker Spaniel
Beagle
Boston Terrier
German Shepherd
Boxer

Other Animals

Camels Cross Stitch Pattern
Eagle Pattern

Flowers

Rosebud Cross Stitch Pattern
Rose Cross Stitch Pattern
Fruit and Flower Pattern
American Rose Pattern
Fleur de Lis Pattern
Victorian Pattern
Vine and Trellis Pattern
Flower 1 Cross Stitch Pattern
Flower 1 Cross Stitch Pattern
Flower 2 Cross Stitch Pattern
Flower 3 Cross Stitch Pattern
Water Lily Pattern
Tulip Bouquet Pattern
Pitcher of Flowers Pattern
Dogwood Blossoms Pattern
Hibiscus Pattern
Lily Pattern
Forget-Me-Not Pattern
Poppy Pattern
Flower Basket Pattern
Container of Flowers Pattern
Morning Glory Pattern
Tulip Pattern
Lilac Pattern
Pansy Pattern
Pansy Pattern
Rose Pattern
Flower Cart Pattern

People

Ballet Cross Stitch Pattern
Talking a Walk Cross Stitch Pattern
Skier Pattern
Sailor Pattern
Dancing Woman Pattern
Flower Vendor Pattern
Gondola Ride Pattern

Transportation

Locomotive Cross Stitch Pattern
Sailboat Pattern

Other

Peace on Earth Cross Stitch Pattern
Chinese Screen Cross Stitch Pattern

 

 

 

Other fabulous designs by Teresa Wentzler to purchase and cross stitch.

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Coats & Clark

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TW Designworks

Pattern © by TW Designworks. Reproduced with permission from Teresa Wentzler. PurpleKittyYarns.com is not endorsed by TW Designworks. This is a complimentary chart, which means you may photocopy it. You may stitch it as many times as you'd like. However, since TW Designworks retains ownership of the copyright, you may not sell this chart, or profit from it in any way. It is not permissible to contract production of projects made from designs published by TW Designworks to a third party for sale or distribution.

We hope you find this selection of free cross stitch patterns helpful. Some of these free cross stitch patterns may have been discontinued and may no longer be available in hard copy format. Knitting yarn or crochet thread used with original craft pattern may be a discontinued yarn or thread. Acceptable substitutes would include any other yarn or thread of the same weight and/or size.

Ballet in Cross-stitch | McCall's No. 1806

Ballet in Cross-stitch | McCall's No. 1806

Ballet
Pattern 1806
McCall's Pattern Company
Original Copyright 1953

Patterns Included: 
Ballet

Design 11¾" x 12¾"
Crosses 7 to the inch

This embroidered picture of two ballet dancers was inspired by famous ballet paintings. Cross-stitch, outline and Kensington (long and short) stitches have been combined in a decorative manner to bring out the details. It's thrilling to watch the picture come to life, as you put in the eleven colors and white. The frame used is 2½" wide. The finished picture is 14" x 18".

MATERIALS REQUIRED: Six-strand cotton should be used for the embroidery, in the follow­ing colors and amounts: One skein each of dark brown, bright yellow, medium dark red, bright red, medium peach, peach, light peach, brilliant green, yellow green, medium blue gray, 2 skeins of very light grey and 4 skeins of while. For the background, use a piece of green material 18" x 22". The suitable materials are smooth linen, medium weight linen-like cotton and sateen.


Patterns: 

Angel Plaque and Yule Candles Craft Pattern

Angel Plaque and Yule Candles Craft Pattern

ANGEL PLAQUE

Materials: Dennison's crepe paper, brown, light blue, white, flesh pink; Dennison's duplex crepe paper, gold, green; gold metallic paper; two 10" paper plates; lightweight cardboard; green and white spool wire; paste; gummed tape; shallow box lid, 3½" x 5"; silver flitter; gummed silver stars; pipe cleaner; 1 marble; absorbent cotton: water colors, red, white, blue, black; wire stemmed holly berries.

Directions: Bracket: Cut 2" off one plate; 4½" off other plate. Place cut edges of plates together at right angles, secure with gummed tape across back (Fig. 1). Crush two 12" squares metallic paper between fingers, then smooth out slightly. Brush front of plates with paste and press paper onto them, overlap onto back of plates. Stretch brown crepe paper, crush and paste to back of plates, trim.

SHELTER: For roof, cut a strip of cardboard 4" x 11". Score across center and bend in half, crosswise. To make shingles, cut a 1½" wide strip from folded green duplex crepe paper. Cut scallops along one edge, 1" wide and 1" deep (Fig. 2). Paste on roof in overlapping rows, alternating scallops for shingled effect. Paste a 1" wide strip over ridge of roof. Line roof with brown crepe paper. For poles, cut 8 cardboard strips ½" x 5". Paste together in pairs to make 4 poles, leaving ½" without paste at one end of each pole. Paste crushed brown crepe paper over poles. Bend out ½" tabs and paste one pole to each corner of top of box lid. Paste crushed brown crepe paper over lid. Cut tops of poles to fit slant of roof. Paste roof on poles (Fig. 3). Stand shelter in smaller plate of bracket. Punch two holes through back plate and back edge of box lid. Fasten shelter to bracket by running green wire through holes.

PINE BOUGHS: Cut thirty pieces of green duplex crepe paper, 5" x 2", cutting 5" length with the grain. Fold in half, crosswise, and cut edges opposite fold into fine-pointed fringe. Insert a 5" piece of spool wire along fold, draw together tightly and twist ends together to hold "needle cluster" (Fig. 4). Wrap 3 to 5 needle clusters to a 12" piece of wire with a ½" strip of brown crepe paper, stretching paper slightly as you wrap. Make several more branches and join together to form spray (Fig. 5). Cover joinings with additional ½" strips of brown crepe paper.  Fasten spray to back plate of bracket with green wire in same fashion as shelter. To make the berry-trimmed sprays, cut 2 strips of green duplex crepe paper 1¾" wide and 18" long, cutting the 1¾" width with grain. Fold into eighths and fringe about 1½" deep. Cut two 9" lengths of wire. Wrap entire length of each wire with fringed strip. Insert holly berries at intervals by holding stems against wire and wrapping over both together. Shape sprays into curves around base of shelter and fasten to back by poking end of wire through plate.

ANGEL: Head: Pad marble with cotton. Stretch a 4" square of flesh-colored crepe paper over it; tie with wire close to marble (Fig. 6). Paint in features—white eyeballs, blue eyes, black eyelids, eyelashes, eyebrows, red nostrils, mouth.
   Body: Make a 4" high cone of construction paper, 1¾" across at base. Place head on top of cone, smoothing and pasting extra paper of head onto cone (Fig. 7).
   Arms: Fasten center of pipe cleaner to back of neck with ½" strips of flesh-colored crepe paper wound over and around neck and pipe cleaner. Bend up ½" at each end to form hand loops.
   Dress: For bottom ruffling, cut 2 strips of blue crepe paper 15" with the grain x 2". Brush one 15" edge of one strip lightly with paste; sprinkle silver flitter over paste, let dry. Fold each strip in half lengthwise; gather through fold to fit around base of cone, ½" from bottom. Attach untrimmed double ruffle to cone, ½" from bottom, by inserting wire in fold of ruffle and twisting ends tight to hold against cone. Attach flitter-trimmed ruffle just above in same manner. Make similar double ruffles for neck and wrists. Cut neck ruffle 1½" wide and 8" long, wrist ruffles 1" wide and 5" long. Decorate 1 edge of sleeve ruffles with silver flitter. Wire ruffles in place. Paste a silver star on front of neck ruffle.
   For dress itself, cut blue crepe paper 4" with the grain x 10". Fold down ½" along one 10" edge. Gather along fold to fit around cone just below arms. Insert wire along fold, pull snug, twisting ends of wire together to fasten dress to body. Press paper against length of body for draped effect. Stretch paper at bottom edge to make it flare over ruffles. Paste dress to body just above bottom ruffles. Fasten edge of dress to ruffles with silver star at 1" intervals.
   Hair and Halo: Cut a strip of gold duplex crepe paper, 3½" x 1¼", cutting 1¼" width with grain. Cut a 1" deep fringe along length. Curl fringe over knitting needle. Paste 2 layers of fringe around head. Paste a small square of gold crepe paper over crown, fringing edge along face to form bangs. For halo, bend a 5" piece of white wire in half and shape into a circle about ¾" across. Twist ends of wire together below circle and bend them at right angles to circle. Brush circle with paste, sprinkle with silver flitter. Paste twisted wire to back of head with a small piece of gold crepe paper.

ARCH OF STARS: Cut a 6½" piece of white wire. Twist ends through hand loops and shape wire into arch. Paste silver stars along it in pairs, back to back. Brush front of stars with paste and sprinkle with silver flitter.

WINGS: Cut 2 hearts 2¾" high and 2½" wide of white crepe paper. Fringe around edges. Brush front edges with paste, sprinkle with silver flitter. Paste wings in place.

DECORATED CANDLES

Materials: Gold metallic paper; Dennison's green duplex crepe paper; green spool wire; wire-stemmed holly berries; star-shaped glass candle holders; candles.

Directions: Cover candle holders with gold paper. Make "greens" with crepe paper and berries in same way as "greens" of Angel Plaque. Twine around candles.


Angel Plaque and Yule Candles Craft Pattern
Angel Plaque and Yule Candles Craft Pattern

Gift Items | Star Book No. 135 | American Thread Company

Gift Items | Star Book No. 135 | American Thread Company

Gift Items
Book 135
American Thread Company
No Original Copyright

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Patterns Included: 
Heads Up, Wilma the Worm, Crocheted Doll Dress, Panties, and Hat, Wild Rose Doily, Top of the Morning Bedjacket, Hot Plate Mat, Crocheted Booties with Doll Trim, Knitted Suspender Skirt, Sweater and Jibber, Best Foot Forward Slippers, Jolly St. Nick, Snow Man, Angel Ornament, Jack Frost Ornament, Santa Ornament, Santa Doorknob.


Camels - Ships of the Desert Cross Stitch Chart

Camels - Ships of the Desert Chart Pattern

In these days of transit so very rapid that it quite takes away one's breath even to think of it, the quaint design for runner-ends presented is sure to prove most appealing. Airships which fly from New York to Paris between two days are all very well; we cannot refrain from glorying in such wonderful achievements—we rejoice that we live in this age of marvels. At the same time there is need of a bit of relaxation from the stress and strain of the headlong pace set for us, and we find it in the vogue of needlecraft—simple in style and easy of execution. Truly the slow-moving "ships of the desert" tell a story delightfully different from that of the "miles-a-minute" aircraft, and it is a joy to reproduce it at the point of the needle.
   Real Chinese embroidery is perfection itself, so far as regularity and evenness in the placement of stitches are concerned. Especially is this true of cross-stitch, probably the oldest as well as one of the simplest forms of needle- decoration. The stitches are very small, ten or more to the inch, and set with the utmost precision; and there are no knots or ends of threads showing on the wrong side of the work, which is as perfect in appearance as the right side, save that the little upright stitches give a very different effect than the crosses.
   Grass-cloth, light tan in tint, makes a most pleasing foundation for the quaint embroidery, and the ends of the runner are finished with a two-inch hem topped by a line of the simplest hemstitching. Everybody knows just how to do cross-stitch, of course; it really seems quite like carrying coals to Newcastle to say more about it. There are, however, two rules which are sometimes overlooked. One is that the same stitch-direction should be observed throughout—must be, indeed, in order to secure the smooth, even effect which is the charm of cross-stitch work; there should also be the same tension. Again, each finished stitch, made by the two crossing threads, should form a perfect square, and there should be no space left between them. The work is done over cross-stitch or Penelope canvas, and is as easy to do as it is fascinating, since the chart, with color-symbols, show just how to place each stitch. Simply baste the canvas evenly on the material and work over it, taking care not to catch your needle into any of its threads; then, when the embroidery is finished, you have only to pull out these threads, one by one, leaving the cross-stitched design as perfect as possible. Work one half of a line of stitches first—from right to left or from left to right, as is most convenient—and returning cross with the second half. This gives a series of neat vertical stitches on the wrong or reverse side, less thread is needed than when each cross is completed at once, and the work is more evenly and quickly done. It is an excellent plan, when several colors are used and rows of stitches are correspondingly short, to have a needle threaded with each color, as used, dropping one when taking another; or, as other workers prefer, to finish with one color before putting in another. So that the two rules suggested are followed, one may safely choose the method by which she attains the best result in the easiest way.
   The leading-string is in outline-stitch, done with black, as are the little upright lines attached to the saddlebags. Two strands of embroidery-cotton may be used for working the design with ten cross-stitches to the inch, more in proportion as the size is increased, should this be desired. The work is rapidly developed and very pleasing in effect, the coloring soft and harmonious, and the design unique, hence this latest adventure in cross-stitchery is sure to prove a happy one.


Camels - Ships of the Desert Chart Pattern
Camels - Ships of the Desert Chart Pattern

Angel Choir Figures Instructions and Pattern

Angel Choir Figures Instructions and Pattern

Pixies from clothespins, cherubs from thimbles, angels from bottle caps! Mundane materials for making these ethereal little figures! Tops of nail polish bottles as fluted robes – a golf tee as a slender feminine form – a drop pearl as a puffed sleeve – and from such ordinary objects, you can fashion an enchanting angel choir.

   EQUIPMENT: Coping saw. Triangle metal file, fine. Small pliers. Scissors. Round camel's hair brush, medium size (about No. 5), for all but fine details. No. 1 round red sable brush for features and fine details. Pencils. Tracing paper. Fine sandpaper. Beading needle. Household cement. Cotton. Nail polish remover. Containers for mixing paints. Turpentine.

   MATERIALS: White household enamel. Artist's oil colors for tinting enamel: alizarin crimson; yellow ochre; cadmium yellow, light; cobalt blue; burnt umber; burnt sienna; black. Gold paint. For angels' bodies, bottle caps and lipstick covers as specified in individual directions; 2 plastic thimbles; 2 round wood clothespins; 1 wood golf tee. For heads, ½" diameter wood heads. For arms, toothpicks and wood matches; 2 drop pearls. For wings, thin white cardboard. Sheet of gold paper. Scraps of white paper. A few spangles. Cream of Wheat cereal. Tiny pearls. Lipstick. Sewing thread.

   GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Wherever necessary, file top of object to be used for body with flat side of metal file, so head will adhere firmly when cemented in place.
   To mix soft pastel colors, combine white enamel with small amounts of oil colors.
   Paint bodies with two coats of enamel in color specified in individual directions. Sand lightly after first coat.
   Arms: Toothpick—Cut ⅝" lengths from wide ends of toothpicks. File an indentation about ¼" in from narrow end to simulate hand. Matchstick—Burn heads from matches and cut to 1" lengths. With file, smooth and shape one end to simulate hand. Round opposite end, or, for extended arms, sand away one side to 45° angle. Paint all arms to match bodies; paint all bands flesh color (see instructions given under "heads" for how to mix).
   Heads: Place beads on toothpicks for easier handling. Paint faces flesh color, using enamel softened with yellow ochre and a touch of burnt sienna. Add red dots for noses and mouths. Use dots of black for eyes. Tint cheeks with lipstick.
   Hair: Pencil outline of hair on head. Use painted hair on brunette angels, mixing white enamel with burnt sienna and burnt umber to desired shade. Use textured hair on blond angels: cover hair outline with cement; dip head in Cream of Wheat. Dry and repeat. Paint white or yellow according to individual directions.
   Painted Wings: On tracing paper, copy and identify all wing patterns; cut. For each wing unit, cut an oblong of thin cardboard a little larger than required. Enamel both sides to match angel's body. Dry thoroughly. Trace pattern onto painted surface with pencil; cut. Crease wing unit lightly along middle. Fasten to body with cement placed along crease. Hold in place until cement begins to set.
   Complete angels by cementing arms to body and finished head to "neck."

   BOTTLE-TOP ANGELS: Use tops from nail polish, polish remover, cuticle remover preparations; size ½" to 1¼" high. Remove brushes and clean tops with absorbent cotton soaked in polish remover.
   Pink Angels: Use matchstick arms with tops angled, No. 1 wing pattern, Cream of Wheat hair. Following General Directions, paint all parts; paint hair white. Assemble. Tie a tiny bow of pink thread around neck. String pearls, tie into a circle, cement to hair as halo. Cement single pearls around bottom of robe.
   White Angels (middle row, center, in photograph): Use matchstick arms with angled tops, No. 2 wing pattern, Cream of Wheat hair. Paint all parts, coloring hair yellow. Assemble. Add scalloped trim around neck and bottom of robe with gold paint; add gold cuff at edge of sleeve. Pair of angels may be joined as illustrated by cementing hands together.
   Blue Angels (ends of top row in photograph): Use toothpick arms, No. 3 wing pattern, Cream of Wheat hair. Paint all parts, using baby blue for body, arms, wings; paint hair white. Assemble. Paint gold polka dots on robe as illustrated.

   THIMBLE CHERUBS (ends of bottom row in photograph): Use white plastic thimbles, toothpick arms, No. 2 wing pattern, painted brown hair. Paint all parts, making body, arms, and wings white. Assemble. Cement a spangle halo Hat to head; center with a pearl. Paint or paste a tiny bow tie of gold paper beneath chin. Paint gold buttons down front of robe.

   CLOTHESPIN PIXIES (center of bottom row; center left of top row): With coping saw, cut off round head and prongs of clothespins, thus reducing to a tapered cylinder 1¼" long. Sand smooth, making sure broad end is flat so figure will stand well.
   Blue Pixie: Use matchstick arms, No. 4 wing pattern, painted hair. Make a pointed hat. about 1½" high, from a quarter circle of paper rolled to form a cone which fits head. Paint all parts; paint body, arms, wings, and hat, blue. Assemble. Add collar, cuffs, and polka dots of gold paint.
   White Pixie: Use matchstick arms. No. 2 wing pattern, Cream of Wheat hair. Paint all parts, making hair white. Assemble. From pattern below, cut a pointed halo of doubled gold paper; cement to head. Add collar, cuffs, and polka dots of gold paint.

   GOLF TEE ANGEL: File point of tee flat to receive head. Use No. 1 wing pattern, Cream of Wheat hair. Paint body and wings blue, hair yellow. For sleeves and arms, use two drop pearls. With pliers, open and straighten wire loops at ends of pearls. Bend tiny new loops at ends to simulate hands. Paint pearls blue; wire, flesh color. Cement near top of tee; hold in place until cement starts to set.
   Assemble. Add gold collar, cuffs, and polka dots.

   LIPSTICK CASE ANGELS: Wash lipstick cases thoroughly; file tops flat.
   Follow General Directions for preparing heads. Use Cream of Wheat hair; while still damp, imbeded upright spangle halos as illustrated. Paint hair white.
   Make wings and arms of two sheets of gold paper cemented together. Use No. 5 wing pattern for one figure, No. 6 for other. For arms, cut ¼" wide, 3" long strips of doubled gold paper. Cement at center to center backs of figures; bring ends around and cement to bodies in front to simulate folded hands. Add a pearl-centered spangle where "hands" meet. Cement wings and heads in place. Add pearl centers to halos.


Angel Choir Figures Instructions and Pattern

Wilma the Worm Pattern

Wilma the Worm Pattern

Materials Required: AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"AUNT LYDIA'S" HEAVY RUG YARN, Article 235
1 skein Chartreuse or color of your choice
1 inch square White felt
1 yard ¼ inch ribbon
2 flowers
3  — 18 inch lengths of medium wire

Body: Wind yarn over a 24 inch cardboard 48 times. Tie through center at one end with yarn, top of head. Cut opposite end. Tie tightly with yarn about 3½ inches from top of head for neck. Fill this section with paper. Divide lower section into 3 equal parts, insert a piece of wire in each section and braid to within 2 inches, tie tightly with yarn, trim ends.
Make face with felt as illustrated.
Trim with flowers and ribbon.


Heads Up Pattern

Heads Up Pattern

Materials Required: AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY
"AUNT LYDIA'S" HEAVY RUG YARN, Article 235
1 skein each White and Lt. Yellow or colors of your choice
1 yard ¼ inch ribbon
Cotton for filling Felt

Wind yarn over a 4 inch cardboard 100 times, tie through center at one end with a 10 inch length of yarn, tie other end through center in same manner. Slip off cardboard. Fill this section with cotton.
Hair: Wind yarn over a 13 inch cardboard 36 times. Cut one end. Braid tightly each side to within 1 inch from each end leaving about 2 inches free at center. Tie with ribbon and finish with a bow. Sew hair in position with "STAR" MERCERIZED SEWING THREAD or dress hair to your own preference.
Face: Using felt as illustrated, mouth in Red, eyes in Blue, eyebrows in Black.
If styrofoam ball is used for head work hair in same manner.
Glue or pin to ball. Pin or glue sequins in position for eyes, nose and mouth.


Peace on Earth Needlepoint Chart

Peace on Earth Needlepoint Chart

Duet in Needlepoint

Needlepoint pictures, both traditional in feeling, fit the same size frame. “Peace on Earth,” like all favorite Yuletide decorations, can make an appearance every year; the hoop skirted strollers might occupy the frame at other seasons. Both embroidered pieces are 10¼” square.

Peaceful holiday scene embroidered in warm, rich colors might hang from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. White frame harmonizes with fireplace, or frame to match your décor may be used.

Quaint needlepoint picture, “Taking a Walk,” done in sunny, spring-like pastels might replace the holiday scene for the rest of the year.

Materials: Ten-mesh-to-the-inch canvas, 14” square. (To enlarge or reduce size of picture, choose larger or smaller mesh canvas.) 12½ yd. skeins of tapestry wool in amounts given with color key. Tapestry needle. Bias tape or heavy paper to bind canvas. Picture frame, rabbet measure 10¼” square, ⅛” thick cardboard, ¼” smaller than rabbet of frame.

Directions: Bind edges of canvas with bias tape or heavy paper. Mark horizontal and vertical center lines on canvas as guides for centering designs. Charts include background area. Start design at upper right-hand corner of canvas. Following chart, work design, then background. Use either continental or diagonal stitch. Cut working strands of wool about 18” long – wool cut too long will wear thin in working.

Keep wool from twisting to avoid thin places in work. Fasten wool by going through stitches on back, then clipping ends close to canvas. To prevent work from getting crooked, be careful not to jerk wool tight – hold thumb on yarn until you have pulled it through canvas; then life thumb, pull wool gently into place.

Blocking: Cover an old table, bread board or drawing board with brown paper and mark on this the size of canvas, being sure that corners are square. Place needlepoint, right side down, over guide and fasten with thumbtacks ¾” apart along edge of canvas. Wet thoroughly with cold water; let dry. If work is badly warped, dry and restretch. Wet again, and dry.

Framing: Stretch canvas over cardboard backing, keeping lines of needlepoint straight. Hold in place with straight pins pushed into edge of cardboard. Begin pinning at centers of sides and at corners. Continue stretching and pinning until there is a border of pins about ¼” apart. Frame with or without glass.


Peace on Earth Needlepoint Chart
Peace on Earth Needlepoint Chart

Taking a Walk Needlepoint Chart

Taking a Walk Needlepoint Chart

Duet in Needlepoint

Needlepoint pictures, both traditional in feeling, fit the same size frame. “Peace on Earth,” like all favorite Yuletide decorations, can make an appearance every year; the hoop skirted strollers might occupy the frame at other seasons. Both embroidered pieces are 10¼” square.

Peaceful holiday scene embroidered in warm, rich colors might hang from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. White frame harmonizes with fireplace, or frame to match your décor may be used.

Quaint needlepoint picture, “Taking a Walk,” done in sunny, spring-like pastels might replace the holiday scene for the rest of the year.

Materials: Ten-mesh-to-the-inch canvas, 14” square. (To enlarge or reduce size of picture, choose larger or smaller mesh canvas.) 12½ yd. skeins of tapestry wool in amounts given with color key. Tapestry needle. Bias tape or heavy paper to bind canvas. Picture frame, rabbet measure 10¼” square, ⅛” thick cardboard, ¼” smaller than rabbet of frame.

Directions: Bind edges of canvas with bias tape or heavy paper. Mark horizontal and vertical center lines on canvas as guides for centering designs. Charts include background area. Start design at upper right-hand corner of canvas. Following chart, work design, then background. Use either continental or diagonal stitch. Cut working strands of wool about 18” long – wool cut too long will wear thin in working.

Keep wool from twisting to avoid thin places in work. Fasten wool by going through stitches on back, then clipping ends close to canvas. To prevent work from getting crooked, be careful not to jerk wool tight – hold thumb on yarn until you have pulled it through canvas; then life thumb, pull wool gently into place.

Blocking: Cover an old table, bread board or drawing board with brown paper and mark on this the size of canvas, being sure that corners are square. Place needlepoint, right side down, over guide and fasten with thumbtacks ¾” apart along edge of canvas. Wet thoroughly with cold water; let dry. If work is badly warped, dry and restretch. Wet again, and dry.

Framing: Stretch canvas over cardboard backing, keeping lines of needlepoint straight. Hold in place with straight pins pushed into edge of cardboard. Begin pinning at centers of sides and at corners. Continue stretching and pinning until there is a border of pins about ¼” apart. Frame with or without glass.


Taking a Walk Needlepoint Chart
Taking a Walk Needlepoint Chart
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