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How to make a Tassel

This cross stitch tutorial will show you how to make an embroidery thread tassel.

Material List:

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

Small Scissors

1.5″ wide Ruler or piece of cardboard  

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Instructions:

Step 1- Wrap embroidery thread around a ruler or piece of card (approx. 1.5” wide) about 20 times. Cut the end of the thread.

(Make a larger tassel by using a wider piece of card/ruler and wrapping more thread around it.)

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Step 2- Cut a second piece of embroidery thread 14” long. Fold in half. Thread the folded end of the second string under the loops, so that there is a loop on one side and two tails on the other side.

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Step 3-  Pull the 2 tails through the loop, and tighten.

Step 4-  Slide the loops off of the ruler or card.

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Step 6-  Cut another piece of white thread (14” long). Make one end of thread into a loop shape, then lay loop on tassel. Wrap the other end tightly around tassel several times. Pass end of thread through loop and gently close loop, making a knot.

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Step 7- Trim tassel ends evenly.

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Step 8-  Your tassel is ready! Thread top threads onto a needle, and attach to your project. 

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How to Stitch a Biscornu

How to Assemble a Biscornu

Material List:

Biscornu Pattern (you can buy this Western theme Biscornu Pattern here)

Aida Cloth or Linen

Embroidery Needle

Embroidery Floss

Fiberfil

2 Beads or Buttons

Stitching Instructions:

1- Complete all stitching on the front and back of the biscornu, both sides must be the same size (ie 59  by 59  stitches or 75 stitches by 75  stitches).

2- Count 2-4 rows from all 4 edges of your finished piece, and backstitch a border around the design. Stitch the same backstitch border on the back piece of you biscornu. This creates your sewing edge for assembling the biscornu.

3- Cut both pieces leaving approximately 1/2″ of fabric from the backstitched sewing line on all sides. Fold back all the edges along the sewing line, and press down with your fingers.

4- Mark the middle of one of the front sides with a pin. Join a corner of the back piece to the middle of the front piece.

5- Make a knot using 2 (two) strands of embroidery floss the same color as your backstitching line. Start sewing the top and bottom of your biscornu together using a whip-stitch. Do this by taking a stitch under one of the backstitched threads on the front piece, then one on the back piece, and so forth, until you have sewn 6 of the 8 sides. You may wish to take a few extra stitches on the corners for stability (and it adds a decorative touch, too).

6- Stop stitching when you have completed all but 2 sides, to leave a hole for stuffing.

7- Stuff the biscornu with Fiberfil.

8- Finish stitching the final 2 sides, securing your thread with a hidden knot.

9- Sew the 2 buttons, one in the center of the front and one on the back, passing the needle through the center of the biscornu to stitch both buttons on with the same length of thread.

Et Voila! You are finished! Enjoy your handiwork 🙂


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Is there an easy way to alter the size of a Cross Stitch Pattern?

One of our lovely customers asked, “I love this pattern and want to make it for my son’s room, but it is smaller than I would like. Is there an easy way for me to adjust this pattern to be bigger?”

The answer is: YES!

There are 2 ways you can adjust the size of your Cross Stitch Pattern:

FIRST METHOD

This is the easiest method:  use the pattern as is, but change the size (count) of your Aida cloth!

All of our Cross stitch Patterns are designed for 14-count Aida cloth, which has 14 squares per inch. But you don’t always have to use 14-count Aida!

If you want your design to be larger, use a SMALLER count, such as 6-, 8- or 11-count Aida cloth, which has larger squares (fewer squares per inch) and will make your finished design larger. Remember, you will need to use 3 or even 4 threads when stitching on smaller count aida cloth. 

This method will ALSO work to SHRINK your pattern. Instead of using 14-count aida cloth, try using 18- or 24-count to make your finished design SMALLER. See the handy chart below 🙂

aida cloth counts

SECOND METHOD

This is next method: use the same size of Aida Cloth, but change the pattern slightly!

This method is a little more complicated, but works well to DOUBLE the size of your finished piece, and STILL uses 14-count Aida cloth.

What do you do?

Just stitch 4 “x”s for every 1 square on the original pattern. (For example, if there is a section of color that calls for 2 x 3 “x”s, you would stitch 4 x 6 “x”s instead.) If the original design size was 38 x 40 stitches, the new design would end up being 76 x 80 stitches.

See this example below:

Pink Sun-double

How can I figure out how much bigger (or smaller) it will be?

Here’s the math!!!

 stitch count of design ./. aida cloth count = finished size in inches

NOTE: You will have to make 2 calculations: 1 for the LENGTH and 1 for the WIDTH

So, how big will a 70 x 91 design be on 14-Count Aida?

70 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 5 inches (70 ./. 14= 5″)

AND

91 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 6.5 inches (91 ./. 14 = 6.5″)

ANSWER:  5″ x 6.5″

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So, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 11-Count Aida?

70 ./. 11= 6.36″

91 ./.11= 8.27″

ANSWER: Approx. 6.5″ x 8.5″

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And finally, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 18-Count Aida?

70 ./. 18= 3.8″

91 ./.18= 5.05″

ANSWER: Approx. 4″ x 5″

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Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist

More questions? I’m always happy to help. Email me at cheryl@tinymodernist.com

 


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Cross Stitch Loop Method Tutorial

Try beginning your stitching with a Loop! This easy tip saves you time, and keeps the back of your work looking nice and tidy!

(It is also comes in handy when you are working with “confetti” stitching, where there are single cross stitches with no others around it.)

STEP 1

Separate ONE (1) strand of floss, twice as long as you normally use. Fold the floss in half, and thread the 2 loose ends through the eye of your needle. This should make a long tail with a “loop” on the end. Bring your needle up from the back, as you would to make the first half of your cross stitch.

STEP 2

Now bring your needle down through the front of the fabric to complete the first half of your ‘X’. Don’t pull the thread tight yet…turn your work over, and on the back of your fabric thread your needle through the loop. (see the photo below)

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STEP 3

Now you can pull the thread tight (but not too tight!) to secure it in place. (see the photo below)

Then you can finish your cross stitch as usual. End your thread in the usual way of running it under several threads along the back to secure.

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FREE Pretty Bird Cross Stitch Pattern with Cut Out Card + Envelope Templates

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What better way to say Thank You, Congratulations or Happy Birthday, than with a pretty hand-stitched card made by you!

This tutorial will show you how to make a fun easy cross stitch card and matching envelope. You can get all the info and patterns here for free, so keep on reading!

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You will need the following 3 files to complete this FREE craft:

1. Click to download the Pretty Bird Card Cross Stitch Pattern

2. Click to download the Card Template

3. Click to download the Envelope Template

The JPEG images will open in a new window in your browser. RIGHT CLICK on each image, and either PRINT right away or choose SAVE AS to save them on your computer to print another time.

After you have all the files, stitch up your Pretty Bird Cross Stitch…it should only take a few hours 🙂

Then follow along with the steps below to make your Cut Out Card + matching Envelope!!

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The instructions are also included with the Envelope Template and Card Template, but there are some pretty pictures below that show you exactly how to make this fun little craft!

Step 1

After you have stitched the Pretty Bird Cross Stitch Pattern, print out the Envelope and Card Template.

Print the envelope on regular-weight printer paper, and use a nice card-stock or matte photo paper for the card.

Cut out the card and envelope pieces along the outside dotted lines.

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Step 2

Fold envelope sides and bottom into center. Fold card into thirds along dotted lines, and cut out center square (shaded area). Step 2

Step 3

Tape your finished piece of stitching into the center of the card opening.

Notice the masking tape here- the previous photo shows a roll of scotch (clear) tape. I don’t recommend using it 🙂

The masking tape is much nicer to use on your aida cloth.

Step 3

Step 4

The last step uses a glue-stitck to glue the envelope bottom flap to the two side flaps. Also glue the card flap down around your taped cross stitch, being careful not to get any glue on the fabric.

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That’s it, you’re done!! Don’t forget to add your name in the “Stitched by” section!

I hope you all have fun making this cute card!

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Cheers,

Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist