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Tips: Find the Center   |   Find the Stitch Direction
About Cross Stitch Materials (Prep for an Online Beginner class)

Patterns: Caid Cross Pattern   |   Celtic Knotwork Pattern   |   Altavia Fretty Badge Pattern   |   Altavia Fret Pattern

Links: How To Cross Stitch   |   Pinterest Links   |   Cross Stitch Needlebook Kit   |   Prep for Online Class



Tips

Tip: Find the Center

To make it easier to place your stitches, mark the vertical and horizontal center of your pattern and cross stitch fabric. Start and stop the running stitch lines beyond the area that will be covered by the finished pattern.

Draw a dark line on the center
vertical and horizontal lines of pattern
Using a contrasting color of sewing thread, sew a
running stitch through the rows of holes that will be the
vertical and horizontal center of your stitched pattern

After the piece is completed, you can cut the vertical and horizontal running stitch lines and pull them out of the piece. If you've accidentally split any of the running stitches, carefully cut them out of the piece or pull them to the back where they won't show.

Tip: Find the Stitch Direction

The direction of the top stitch of your cross stitches makes a difference in the look of your finished piece. For a consistent look, the bottom stitch of each X should all be the sewn in the same direction (bottom left to upper right or bottom right to upper left, your choice!)

But as you move the fabric during the sewing, directions change, top becomes bottom, left becomes right.

To keep track of which direction your bottom stitches should go, stitch the direction in one of the corners of the fabric (outside the design area).

This way, no matter how you're holding your fabric, your direction is clear.



Patterns

Pattern: Celtic Knotwork

When I was creating my biscornu class and kit, I tried my hand at creating a Celtic knotwork pattern and was surprised at how well it turned out.

After I put it together and started playing with it I realized that it was set up in a way that made it possible to work the pattern in 1, 2, 3, or 4 colors of thread.

The Celtic Knotwork Pattern (PDF) is one page, and it includes my take on how to work it in multiple thread colors.

The pattern is 3 inches square on 14 count Aida fabric. It can be used as a needlebook cover, biscornu top (with a button in the center of the pattern), decoration for a pouch, or repeated multiple times to make a larger pattern.

You can place a letter or other decoration (charm, bead(s), button, motif, etc.) in the center of the pattern.

It can also be stitched as part of a larger cross stitch project, or repeated multiple times to make a larger pattern.

Enjoy!


Pattern: Caid Cross

My local SCA Kingdom group, the Kingdom of Caid, uses 4 conjoined crescents as a decorative element. It is traditionally called the Caid Cross.

This pattern is my version of the Caid Cross. It's simple and easy to stitch.

In the picture, only part of the white crescents are stitched. I've done that to show how it looks both with and without stitching the crescents. Both are an option.

The Caid Cross Pattern (PDF) has two pages, one with the blue stitches marked, the other one with the white stitches marked. Use whichever one you want, and then fill in the blank sections with the other color.

The pattern is 2 inches square on 14 count Aida fabric. It can be finished as a patch by folding the unsewn edges underneath and appliqueing it to your coat, bag, cloak, blanket, or whatever. It can be used without applique as a needlebook cover, decoration for a small pouch, or other small work.

It can also be stitched as part of a larger cross stitch project, or repeated multiple times to make a larger pattern.

Enjoy!


Pattern: Altavia Populace Badge: Fretty

My local SCA baronial group, the Barony of Altavia , has several badges that can be used by member of the papulace.

The fretty badge: Argent fretty sable, a chief vert was registered on February 2003.

The Fretty Badge Pattern (PDF) is stitched with green and black, the white sections can be left stitched (if you used a white fabric) or can be stitched in white.

The pattern is about 2 inches around on 14 count Aida fabric. It can be finished as a patch by folding the unsewn edges underneath and appliqueing it to your coat, bag, cloak, tunic, blanket, or whatever. It can be used without applique as a needlebook cover, decoration for a pouch, or other small work.

Enjoy!


Pattern: Altavia Sable Fret & Champion Devices

My local SCA baronial group, the Barony of Altavia , has a sable fret as it's main heraldric device.

We used to use the sable fret as part of the favors we used to cross stitched for each year's champions. Fretty Badge Pattern (PDF) is stitched with green, gray, black, and white.

I've included the champion emblems so that they can be used as motifs for other projects. I've also included the whole pattern so that it is available should Altavia choose to you it again, it is available.

Enjoy!


Links: How To Cross Stitch

How To Cross Stitch


Other Links


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My Cross Stitch Needlebook Kit (for sale)

Buy the Needlebook Kit
at Unicorn Fiber Arts


Cross Stitch Needlebook Kit

Carry your needles and pins in a convenient and handy needlebook. It includes a loop to keep it handy by hanging it from your chatelaine or other sewing accessory.

The soft fabric pages are perfect for holding needles of all sizes. For the organized ones among us, you can write the needle type / size info on each page.

Decorate the cover with your initials (chart included) or favorite design!

  • Skill Level: Intermediate Beginner, needs to know how to cross stitch and hand (or machine) sew a running stitch.

Kit includes everything you need to create the needlebook:

  • Cross stitch charts:
    • 2 alphabets, 3 borders, and embellishments
  • Fabric and tools:
    • Cross-stitch fabric for needlebook covers
    • Ribbon for needlebook ties
    • Flannel for needlebook pages
    • Embroidery thread and needle for cross stitch
    • Sewing thread and needle for needlebook assembly
    • Instructions for needlebook assembly

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