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Cleaning up my studio, I came across this cute little cross stitch project in my studio last week. So I asked on my Instagram if anyone was interested in the pattern. And you were :) So here it is. It’s as simple as that!

You can stitch it and frame it in a hoop as I did. Which will make a lovely give for someone you think is berry sweet ;) Or stitch it on a bag, on the back pocket of you jeans. Wherever you put it, I’m sure it will be just perfect.

Thank you for being part of this super fun creative community! I love how we can inspire and encourage each other via social media. Instagram just feels like a never ending crafting party with all of you. I love it!

 

 

Have fun with this pattern! And share your pictures with #sugaridoo or tag me @sugaridoo so I can go check it out ;)

xo Irene

Last Sunday I attended a local home made market in The Hague. I had some cross stitch art on display in hoop and got asked many times how I framed them. So let me share my technique for framing a cross stitch with you. I love how simple this is and the perfectly finished look it creates.

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What do we need

– a finished cross stitch
– matching hoop
– white thread and needle
– piece of wool felt
– fabric glue
– pinking sheers or normal scissors

Before we start, use the inner ring of your hoop to trace a circle on the piece of felt. We will use this later on.

Let’s get started

First we prep our cross stitch for framing. I sometimes skip this step with small projects, but for larger ones I do recommend following this.

To prepare for framing you first wash you fabric. A gentle hand wash will do just fine. After washing, let it dry flat. When it is almost dry, you give it a nice press (on the back of your work) and then it’s ready to frame.

After washing, drying and pressing you center your work in a matching hoop. Make sure the outer ring sits nice and tight.

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Now cut the exces fabric around the hoop. Leaving about 2.5 cm (1”) of fabric around the hoop.

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Take a white thread and and needle and sew the acces fabric together. Sew crisscross from side to side to get all edges inward.

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Cut the felt circle you traced before we started. You can use pinking sheers for a nice finish, but normal scissors also work fine.

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Finally, put some fabric glue on the back of your work along the inner ring of the hoop. Put your pieces of felt on there and gently press it to secure it in place.

 

And your done! Looks pretty doesn’t it? I hope this helped you framing your cross stitch art.

Have a lovely day!
Love,
Irene

Welcome the last part of our mini series on learning to cross stitch! Today we will finish our ladybug with the back stitches. Yesterday we talked about following a pattern. Missed yesterdays post? You can find it in the links below. In this series the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.

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So lets talk back stitches! I love to do stitch them, they add the details to your work. In the ladybug pattern all back stitches are done with a single black thread (DMC 300). In the schematic below you will see how some stitches are made. You pull your thread up at the end of the first stitch you want to make. Than you go back to the beginning of the stitch and go to the end of your second stitch. So you kinda work backwards ;) Probably the pictures will be more clear than my explanation.

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I started stitching around the pink body of the ladybug. In this pattern all outlines will be stitched. We start by stitching some straight line (1-8).

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At the end of the straight part we will take a turn, so at the back of your fabric you will see a diagonal stitch. But as you can see, on the front we have only horizontal and vertical stitches (11-12).

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After you’ve gone around the body you can stitch around the dots and also around the black areas. Do you see how wobbly the stitches look at the back :) Such a difference with the front!

When all outlining is done, we have to stitch the feelers. Just simple back stitch them from the head toward the end of the feeler (13). Then gently wave your needle through the stitches on the back, back to the head (14). When you cross the empty area of the fabric with you black thread on the back, it could show a bit on the front.

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And that’s it! There is your cute little ladybug. What do you think? Quite fun cross stitching isn’t it? :)

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Thank you so much for reading this mini series, I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Love Irene

Welcome back to part 3 of our mini series on learning to cross stitch! Today we will learn how to follow a pattern. Yesterday we started with the first eight stitches. Missed yesterdays post? You can find it in the links below. In this series the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.

Free_ladybug_crossstitch_pattern

We will start by stitching the high lighted area in the pattern below. (The green area is what we will stitch, the grey area is already done.) All the squares marked with a dot will be stitched in cranberry pink (DMC 601). Basically we will stitch in columns from right to left until our thread is finished. Usually you will try to make columns as long as possible, but the dots of the ladybug are a bit in our way, so we will have to work around them.

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When your thread is finished before mine in the pictures, no problem. Just bring you thread to the back of the fabric and fasten of as we learned at the end of Part 2 of this series. In pictures (13-15) you’ll find how to start with a new thread.

We finished our first row at the left bottom corner of the first cross stitch. This is not where we want to start with our second row. Therefor we will go two squares down and on square left via the back of our fabric (1). From here we will make twelve cross stitches (2-3). When you finish your last stitch, look in the pattern where your next row will start. You can finish you stitch and go to your next starting point in one move (3).

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Make the third row of 14 cross stitches (4). Now the pattern tells us to make a row that consists of cranberry pink and dark mauve cross stitches. We will first only make the cranberry pink stitches. So we skip the dark pink parts, in this row just skip two squares (5-7). And we will also skip them on our way down (8-9).

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The next row has 4 dark pink stitches, we will skip these as we did in the row before (10-11). I’m no a fan of skipping to much squares, this leaves loose threads at the back of your work (you can see the larges crosses at the back). So when I can I try to work around areas that are stitched in a different colour.

If you still have thread left cross stitch the next two rows, I only stitched them up to the second dot of the ladybug (12).

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There is no golden rule on how to proceed from here. You can first stitch everything in Pink, or stitch some of the dots in dark pink. I chose to stitch the black area first, the plusses in the pattern. Doing this gives some guidance on where the pink will go next.

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So now we have to attach a new thread. Just thread you needle and pull through some stitches at the back of your work (13-15). I never make knots. Make sure that your thread ends at the approximate location where you want to make your first stitch (16).

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Now just stitch the black area (17) and finish of when your done (18).

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Now I continued with the green area above the dots of the lady bug (19). Then I did the blue area (20) and then the pink area (21). Go ahead an attach your thread and stitch :)

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Did you see how I not finished my last row in (21)? This is not a problem. My thread was finished half way along my row so I just fastened off and attached a new thread. ow continue to finish all the cranberry pink areas in the pattern (22-23).

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After the cranberry pink I moved to the dots in dark pink (24). I stitched one dot and moved my thread through the stitches on the back to the next dot. That way you don’t have to fasten off after each dot and you won’t end up with long loops of thread on the back.  After the dots we only need to do the head in black (25). I’m sure you’ve got the hang of it by now!

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That is starting to look like a ladybug isn’t it? Lovely! I hope you’re enjoying cross stitching. Tomorrow we will have the last part of our mini series where we will discuss the back stitches. Hope to see you there!

Love,
Irene

 

 

Hi there!

This is the second part of the cross stitch mini series! In the first part we discussed our materials so now we are ready to start cross stitching! If you missed the first post, please just check back via the links below. In this series the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.

Free_ladybug_crossstitch_pattern

Cross stitches
Lets thread our needles and get started! We will start by stitching the row of stitches marked in the picture below. These will be stitched in DMC cranberry pink (601). Each square in the pattern will be one cross stitch on your fabric. The little arrows in the green spots mark the center of the pattern.

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This ladybug pattern is a small design, so we will count from the center of the pattern to the stitch at the bottom right. That will be 19 squares to the right and 10 down from the center of the pattern (1). You don’t have to be very precise, just about 19 and 10 stitches will do. Bring your needle from the back to the front and leave a tail at the back of the fabric (2).

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Now it is time for the first stitches! I learned to cross stitch in columns up and down. This is not the only way to cross stitch, it’s just one of the options. You can also stitch from left to right, right to left or down and up ;). The following schematic drawing shows how to make four cross stitches going up and down.

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Now we’ll move to our ladybug. The place where your thread comes out of the fabric at the front is the bottom left of the first cross (3). We will first make eight half crosses in one row up (3-8).

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And in the same way we will make eight stitches down (9-14). When you’ve done a few stitches you will see that it’s not that hard at all!

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And there they are, you have made eight nice cross stitches!

Fasten off
Now we finished our first row we can fasten of the tail at the back. At the back of the fabric you will see horizontal stitches (15). To fasten of the tail just pull it underneath the stitches (16) and cut off the end (17).

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There it is, your first row of cross stitches! In our next post we will finish all of the cross stitches of the ladybug.

Hope to see you there,
Irene