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NEW LIFE TO AN OLD ART FORM
The Fun New Art of Felted Cross Stitch
Complete instructions to get you started Includes patterns, resources and guides
Felted Cross Stitch™ is a fun new art that cross-pollinates three popular crafts to create a new and exciting alternative technique. The fabric size is typically 4-6 stitches per inch and uses a large embroidery needle, making it ideal for stitchers with sight or dexterity issues. Felted Cross Stitch is versatile and can be used on clothing, accessories and housewares including blankets and rugs. This method can be applied to any cross stitch pattern on the market.
Author Deveri Johnson Copyright 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle, All rights reserved.
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My goal in writing The Fun New Art of Felted Cross Stitch was primarily to share in the excitement of creation. The book contains step by step instructions and a good value for everyone who purchases my work. This book is written as if we are sitting next to each other and I am teaching you how to complete a project. The techniques are simple and fun. After extensively researching the emerging trends it was apparent that no one else is applying the craft this way. Many people are doing other things with this type of crochet, but no one has applied it to this extent —until now. Join me in this exciting new art form!
My deepest thanks to Mary, Julie, Angela, Cherie, Connie, Joan, Kirk & Kim, Eric & Lily, the CR Knits group and everyone who encouraged and believed in me when the ideas started growing. Thank you my friends. In honor of my hero, warrior, paratrooper and friend whose request for a retirement blanket lead me to recognize the firestorms and joy of creation.
Author: Deveri Johnson, Creative Director Gypsy In The Castle, LLC
Photographed models were stitched by the author. I have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of these instructions. I cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. First Edition printed February 2011 © 2009-2011 by Gypsy In The Castle, LLC; self published via scribd.com ISBN: pending Printed in the USA
THE FUN NEW ART
FELTED CROSS S TITCH
Table of Contents
Introduction The Basic Stitch Cross Stitch Felting Felted Cross Stitch 4 4 5 5 6 Appendix A Afghan Artists Guild Patterns Swan Baby Blanket Fuzzy Animal Layette Kim’s Scarf Step 1: Tools and Materials The Sunflowers Project 7 11 Veterans Lap Blanket How To Make A Fiber Organizer Simple Thread Holder Cards Step 2: Selecting Your Chart Planning The Project 15 16 Appendix B Step 3: Create The Base Fabric Gauge The Basic Afghan Stitch Creating Borders Flaws and Defects 18 18 19 22 24 Resources Floss Brand Pref erences Patterns and Pattern Books Recommended Fiber Sources Recommended Beginner and Mini Pattern Books Conversion Chart Sources Additional Web Sites f or Fiber and Artists Contact Information 60 61 62 62 63 63 63 64 64 The Sunflower Project 36 37 40 41 42 47 49 54 56 57
Step 4: Complete The Project Rules of Thumb - Comparisons to traditional cross stitch Stitching Progression Woven Cross Stitch Technique
25 26 27 31
Holding A Large Project and The Blue Elephant Blanket Project 34 Sim ple Felting Instructions 35
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Charted Alphabets and Borders Volume Two. creates a fabric much like the Aida cloth mentioned [ ]”. I found another reference to the afghan stitch in a cross stitch chart booklet Leisure Arts. were between a size F and H and held only 72 to 96 stitches. wood and bamboo. Today hooks are available with longer tails and in a wide range of sizes and types including metal. Leaflet 57. Combined with the extensive color and fiber selections of today artists have a much larger choice of applications. copyright 1975 “[ ]a form of crochet done with a long hook. The other limitation was available hook sizes. Most ranged from between 12 to 18 inches long. This is the earliest history of the afghan stitch that I’ve found referenced and includes complete instructions and a limited selection of cross stitch charts used in the patterns. I began experimenting by reproducing the fabric.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Introduction Felted Cross Stitch is inspired by a thirst for learning and experimenting with new skills. Book No 211. brought in an afghan she made and allowed me to examine it to see the construction and stitching. The result was a limited color and texture selection. In the same time frame another member. The Basic Stitch The afghan stitch is also known as Tunisian crochet. As a result most projects were stitched in panels or squares and sewn together. The following week. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved . Susan. limiting the design opportunities. This is an old art form that has been rising in popularity in recent years as you can see by the volume of instruction on the internet regarding how to use multiple strands and colors using a wide variety of stitches. A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village. This manual is based primarily on the basic stitch. I recognized the potential for application in cross stitch immediately by the even stitching field produced by this stitch. one of the women in the group presented me with a copy of American Afghans by Bernat. Traditionally projects were stitched with yarns of the same brand used for the base. Dorothy. In late 2009 I inherited a beautiful American Flag blanket from a friend’s mother’s estate made in a stitch unknown to me. Using craft skills developed over a lifetime and with a thirst for making old things new. I took it to a CR Knits group gathering to find out what it was and if anyone knew how to create it. copyright 1974.
THE FUN NEW ART Cross Stitch OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Cross stitch is possibly the most popular needle art today. are the least expensive to acquire and will be used predominantly throughout the book. variegated color and linens. Felting Traditional felting is the art of using a natural fiber to create a fairly ugly item that looks like it will never be serviceable and drowning it all in a bath of hot.25 each. Floss skeins cost as little as $0. The simple stitch and multitude of fabrics and colors available now is appealing to anyone with even the most rudimentary skills. The two dominant companies are DMC and Anchor (aka Susan Bates or Bates). The cross stitch industry continues to grow with the creativity of the people who love it and there are hundreds of thousands of patterns available today for any topic of interest. Cross stitch fiber has expanded to more than 500 colors for standard 6-strand cotton floss and wool flosses number over 300. DMC color numbers are consistently listed in the majority of patterns reviewed. making it cost effective and fun to start stitching. Conversion charts are available on the internet and resources are listed in appendix B. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 5 . metallic. agitating water. The fibers contract like the Wicked Witch of the East and usually link together into a lovely final piece of artwork. Felting is fun to experiment with prior to completing anything dear to your heart. It is now available in silk and silk blends.
THE FUN NEW ART
Felted Cross Stitch
FELTED CROSS S TITCH
Armed with a knowledge of the three art forms and combining that with a generous stash of yarns, I began to experiment by stitching patterns directly onto the base fabric. The first attempts to reproduce a fabric similar to the one inherited took some practice. The first project was based on the DMC sample pattern booklet DMC Linen Embroidery Floss, design Blue Calla Lily. This remains a favorite piece and will be on display at craft fairs promoting the art. In addition to the lily I used a simple heart pattern in three variations (pictured below) to get a feel for the art. The bases were created using Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool for consistency. The blue heart is stitched with a combination of variegated sock yarn in half stitches across the background and full cross stitches using a light blue Perle Cotton floss for the heart. The brown heart was stitched with Fisherman’s Wool in a contrasting color and the stitching on the pink heart is a variegated sock yarn scrap.
Felted cross stitch is easier and faster than traditional cross stitch because you use a much larger needle and fabric. Anyone who has stopped doing cross stitch due to sight or dexterity issues can return to the craft with enthusiasm. The most exciting difference is that technique can be applied to any cross stitch or embroidery chart on the market. The fabric created from sport or DK weight is 6-8 stitches per inch while fabric made from worsted weight yarn averages 5-6 stitches per inch.
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Throughout this process I have worked with standard metal afghan hooks or metal with plastic tails. but several of my projects were made with an acrylic base fiber and cotton floss for stitching. “Yarn” is the most common description used when talking about crocheting and “fiber” is most often used when talking about knitting. styles and colors. The resulting project should be washed according to the care instructions of the base fabric and you will use a non-wool product for the stitching. Metal embroidery needles are available in several sizes. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 7 . The selection continues to increase with the increasing popularity of the afghan stitch. Let your imagination run with this. Purchase hooks that you will be excited to use as you’ll be spending a considerable amount of time with them. The range of stitching fibers and your personal stash yarns will guarantee that no two projects are alike. color and texture and you will probably find that you do too. weaving and spinning which also takes into account raw materials like roving (wool that has not been spun). bamboo and rosewood. Depending on the project you simply eliminate the last step of felting. Hooks and Needles Afghan hooks come in a variety of sizes. I recommend size 13 for most projects and they are available through a number of distributors including DMC and Boye. I use both terms interchangeably. They are also available in plastic.THE FUN NEW ART Step 1: Tools and Materials OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH The charm of felted cross stitch is due in part to the unlimited availability of materials. plastic needles snag the base fibers making consistent stitching more difficult. Every day I have new ideas about patterns. Fiber Versus Yarn Choosing the stitching materials is one of the most exciting parts of the process. I use blunt metal needles exclusively in stitching for one reason. Base Fibers – To Felt or Not To Felt? The label “felted cross stitch” implies that you will felt everything.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 8 . we will provide the base fabric within the accurate parameters for you. • • In the fall of 2009. communication and performance. It is easily acquired at many craft stores and available in five colors. Each of these products have performed equally well in testing.THE FUN NEW ART To Felt OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH If you plan to felt your finished work. make a swatch and felt it to see how well it will bind together before making the full base piece. For those who don’t crochet. you can estimate how long it might take to felt your final project. I hired 15 artists to submit a 12” square sample in basic stitch. a co-op of artists who have been screened for standards such as consistency.5” to 13” squares in colors from white to tan with only two of them providing an accurate 12” square in the gauge requested the first time. performance and an understanding of your needs. test it before making a full project base. If you have a favorite wool brand. More information is listed in Appendix A regarding pricing and our guarantee. If you choose to make it yourself. Make a 4” swatch and stitch a few crosses with each of the fibers you intend to use on the chart and felt it. Note the gaps in the stitching and loose stitches surrounding the charted area. using a size H hook and natural color worsted weight 100% wool with a gauge of 6-8 stitches/rows per inch. The results ranged from 8. This photo is taken after felting. My second choice is Knit Picks “Bare” Peruvian Wool. gauge. Felting instructions are on page 26. All manufacturers products will react differently and some wools are not suited for felting.99. The brown bear on the left was made with one of the commissioned samples. Check the final product for shrinkage in both directions and color fastness. Using the swatch and a timer. The KP Bare has no dye applied to it and is available in sizes from lace weight to bulky. request a swatch from them to preview the quality of their work. This base was made with a poor quality wool blend that failed to perform. Locally a skein of 465 yards costs $9. It has a nice quality for beginning projects and is available in 60 colors making it very flexible and consistent to use for both the base and stitching. They are serious individuals who maintain personal businesses based in the crafts industry and are available through the guild to make your base fabric. If you choose to hire independent artists to create your base fabric. I plan to repeat this chart with a better quality base. I recommend you use one of the following for your first project. This experience lead me to develop the Afghan Artists Guild. My third choice is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (KPWofA). • My first choice is Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool.
I use either a single or double strand cotton floss depending on the finish. For the baby blanket projects I chose Bernat Softee Baby because I liked the drape. give extra care to gauge and fiber quality when creating your base to maintain a consistent stitching area. Selecting Stitching Fibers 6-strand Cotton Embroidery Floss In the beginning. Metallic (gold and silver). When stitching on a sport weight base. If I am felting it I use a double strand and if not. for example with baby yarn I found that a single strand is sufficient. texture and sheen. This means you won’t have to be as anxious about purchasing exact quantities in the beginning. I have used DMC brands exclusively for over 20 years mostly due to availability. I double the floss (i. 6 strand X 2 = 12 strands) for the best coverage.strand cotton embroidery thread. Light Effects (34). Satin (36/60 in range). Based on a quick scan of these booklets it was clear that DMC and Anchor brand floss dominate the market (see the Floss Brand Preferences chart in Appendix B).e. When the artist in Oregon ran out mid-project. They performed well but appeared to bleed slightly during the felting process. It also comes in several complimentary colors that Icould be used for stitching and borders. I used the Anchor brand on the samples made for my first class at Village Needlework.THE FUN NEW ART Not To Felt OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH If you do not plan to felt your project. The also offer Color Variations floss (36 multi colors). You should use the brand and type of your preference. They offer 454 solid and 18 variegated colors. When stitching on worsted weight (size 4 yarn) fabric using a 6. mostly in used condition. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 9 . I refer to that as a double strand cotton. it was easy for her to get more of exactly the same type and color as the one I had sent from the Midwest. and Linen. It was available locally at a craft store and the cost was reasonable. I went a little crazy and bought many booklets of mini-sized patterns on eBay.
THE FUN NEW ART Pearl Cotton Embroidery Floss OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH One of my first charts was a quilt square pattern (right) stitched with DMC Pearl Cotton embroidery floss. IA was willing to order this brand for me on request and is considering keeping it in stock. I may use the pearl cotton in future projects. For the blue elephant blanket project I chose to use it exclusively. Size 5 offers an additional 12 variegated colors.68 each. Village Needlework in Marion. The acrylic I am most excited about in un-felted cross stitch is fun fur. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 10 . but there are two acrylics that I use most often. They are Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Baby. This is a nice and inexpensive alternative for substitution on smaller projects. The Pearl Cotton is currently available in 292 solid colors and two sizes. The pattern for the two baby blankets and instructions for the woven cross stitch technique are in Appendix A. You only need to use a single strand for full coverage and some colors are available in bulk quantities. This product is colorfast. Check availability with your local stitching or embroidery store or ask them to consider carrying it. DMC Laine Colbert (LC) Tapestry Wool Tapestry wool is the best product I’ve used to date. The conversion chart I use is found at the DMC website listed in Appendix B and references all of the equivalent numbers for tapestry wool to 6-strand cotton. I used a double strand in size 5 for this project matching the colors as close to the pattern as possible with what was in stock locally. Locally. but the color selection is limited compared to the 6 strand floss and tapestry wool available if I want to stay as close to actual charted colors as possible. Acrylic Yarns I prefer natural yarns in most projects.7 yd) skein.09 per 8m (8. I’ve found it at the same site on sale for as low as $0. They are readily available in this area and satisfactory in quality. I had a lot of fun making the fuzzy charted figures for the Fuzzy Animal Layette pattern in combination with a variegated cotton baby yarn that I stitched using the woven cross stitch technique for added interest. 3 & 5. responds well to felting and is readily available online at Herrschners for $1. There are conversion charts available for matching the colors of a given pattern. consistent in quality. This allows me to save shipping costs while supporting a local retailer.
THE FUN NEW ART
The Sunflowers Project
FELTED CROSS S TITCH
Once I was confident with the afghan stitch and the felting process the next natural progression was to compare the performance of multiple stitching threads and floss’. I used a single flower of one chart for my samples taken from Sunflower Study with Blue and White in the booklet Sunflowers Sunflowers Sunflowers by Linda Gillum, published by The American School of Needlework, book number 3630, page 15. The intent of this project was to test multiple stitching fibers for shrinkage, blow out, color fastness and unanticipated variations after felting. The bases are made with Knit Picks Bare worsted weight wool yarn.
Silk floss on 14 ct Aida cotton
The first order of business was to create the original chart to use as a baseline in comparing final results. I stitched the original chart on 14-count white Aida cloth using an excellent quality 6-strand hand dyed silk floss from Hand-Dyed Fibers. I chose the higher quality silk fiber for the cross stitching in order to see the most brilliant colors available for the pattern. The actual size of this sample is 2” x 3”.
DMC Cotton 6 strand Embroidery floss
Felting with the cotton embroidery floss resulted in a final piece that was true to color, but the stitches look washed out and were absorbed by the base fabric despite using a double strand of floss. The cottons blended into the wool during felting leaving a more hazy and washed out finish than anticipated. Surprisingly the cotton fiber didn’t blow out, since the wool accommodated the difference in shrinkage rates. This is a very inexpensive option as the cotton floss is available for as low as $0.30 per 8 yard skein. I recommend this option when working on a landscape or ocean background and when using a pastel color group.
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The Knit Picks colors used in the sample are listed below with the corresponding DMC numbers. DMC 966 703 743 721 898 Knit Picks 24654-Merryweather 23766-Avocado 24650-Caution 24655-Orange 24277-Fedora DMC 986 745 742 400 Knit Picks 23439-Grass 23436-Daffordil 23430-Pumpkin 23426-Maple Syrup DMC Laine Colbert Tapestry Wool (Author’s Preference) For this sample.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (KPWoA) The next sample is created from Knit Picks Wool of the Andes because they offer a range of 60 colors in this line and I wanted to see how close I could get to the recommended chart colors with a yarn that matched the base. Of the three samples. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 12 . I went straight to the manufacturer for the conversion chart that provides the equivalent DMC tapestry wool number for each DMC cotton color. I purchased a color card and compared the colors of each family to the recommended DMC cotton before ordering a full skein. The colors are vibrant. “close” is good enough. Note: The tags on the photos indicate the stitching fiber. about 75% of viewers chose this as their favorite of the three proving that with this art. A single strand of tapestry wool was equivalent to a double strand of cotton. The final product is an excellent copy of the original. the fibers merged well with each other and when showing the sample. I am most pleased with this one and I confirmed that this was the fiber to use on the blue elephant blanket. I am very satisfied with the result after felting. That allowed me to compare shades to each other. I found that the fibers were colorfast as advertised and the piece felted evenly.
creative way to apply the art and each took less than an hour to stitch. creating four coaster-sized pieces of the same chart. A bottom layer of leather or rubber should be applied to protect surfaces from moisture. They are stitched with a combination of KPWoA and DMC tapestry wool. This is a fun.THE FUN NEW ART Sunflower Coasters OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Just for fun and because I had so much stitching material left over. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 13 . I took the original section of the pattern and divided it into quadrants. and I added a single row border of full cross stitches to frame them.
The bulk of the chenille was too much for the wool to absorb and as a result the stitches were pushed out of the base fabric creating tails and loops.THE FUN NEW ART Stash Fibers OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH One of my favorite projects to date is the Calla Lilly. The photo on the right was taken immediately after felting and prior to blocking it. I’ve included photos of more detail below. The base was made with Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool in Oatmeal. It was the first project I completed and was stitched entirely out of stash fiber scraps. The stitching fibers were small balls of stash yarns I had on hand: • • • Purple (flower) – chenille Light Green (leaves) – chenille Dark Green/Brown (leaves and border) – unknown. As you can see the edges are uneven and some of the stitches are blown-out. The border is half stitches. Close up of stitching on the leaf and stem. Top: Before Felting The completed project and chart prior to felting. Blow-out tail and looping Blow-out looping Bottom: After Felting © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 14 . For this project the general consensus is that the serendipitous texture from the blown-out stitches adds dimension and interest. mostly in the flower. That was a result of the wool and chenille combination. a rough textured variegated acrylic that I had in the bag. I selected it on the recommendation of artists who had more experience with felting than I had at that time and after reading numerous internet reviews of the product.
I print the page I’m working on at home and highlight it as I work. Tracking Your Progress On The Chart Keep the original pattern intact by printing one copy of the chart for personal use only or print additional pages from an electronic version of the pattern to stitch with. The original pattern for the sunflowers project is for a bell pull or wall hanging and the charting area is 70 wide by 188 high. Use one color of highlighter to indicate which stitches have been completed. Use multiple colors of highlighter to provide additional focus. are well suited for a coaster. If at all possible plan your chart to be slightly wider (40 stitches) than it is tall (37 rows) due to the nature of the base fabric. In preparing to stitch the elephant blanket I took the electronic copy to a print shop and had all 38 pages printed in black and white with a color copy of the cover and legend for reference. This adjustment will result in a more evenly square finished piece. The orange sections are stitched but still visible for reference. They are large enough to offer variety to your experience and small enough to complete quickly. For our example I’ve used a section of the elephant chart at right with permission. Once you have completed a small project and acquired a feel for the stitching base you’ll begin to see how you can apply this to larger projects. the yellow stitches are highlighted for colors I was missing and the white parts of the chart are sections I haven't stitched yet. I also use a pen to circle individual stitches if necessary. This provides a good visual confirmation of progress and allows you to keep the original pattern intact. I used a single flower with a minor modification that limited the stitch area to 40 wide X 37 tall and created the base to accommodate that dimension. mouse pad or hot pad and offer a large variety of topics. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 15 .THE FUN NEW ART Step 2: Selecting Your Chart OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH I have included a list of recommended mini patterns for beginning felted cross stitchers in Appendix B. Most are smaller than a 50 X 50 charting area. Focus on one section of a chart It is very important that you choose the subject and chart before creating the base fabric.
THE FUN NEW ART Planning the project OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH It’s very important to plan your base fabric to accommodate the chart dimensions for the final project including the borders. Every project should have an additional single row border because the outside rows are very difficult to stitch evenly. The basic pattern for this chart in FCS is 17 stitches by 17 rows (15 + 2). Using the sample chart on the right you see that the dimension of the original stitching chart (CS) is 15 X 15. For a cross stitched border add two more stitches and two more rows (19 X 19) to the base pattern of 17. Calculating stitches for the base fabric The sample pattern here shows a cross stitch (CS) grid and the additional rows required to make the base for Felted Cross Stitch (FCS). FCS CS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ? 1 2 1 ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж 3 2 ж ? ж ? ж ж ж ? ж ж ж ? ж ? ж ? ж ж ? ? ж ж ж ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 4 3 ж ж ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ж ж ? ж ж 5 4 ж ? 6 5 ж ж 7 6 ж ж 8 7 ж ж ? ? ? ж ж ж ? ? ? ? ? ж ? ж ж ? ж ? ? ? 9 8 ? ж ? ? ? ? ? ж 1 0 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 9 ж ж ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ж ж ж ж ? ? ж ? ж ж ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 10 11 12 13 14 15 ж ж ж ж ж ? ж ж ? ж ? ж ? ж ж ж ? ж ж ж ? ж ? ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж ж center indicators FCS border rows and cen ter stitch For a crocheted border calculate the total of 17 stitches by 17 rows and crochet around the perimeter. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 16 . The two simplest borders I’ve used are a cross stitch and a crochet border. Note: Any resemblance to an existing copyrighted pattern is coincidental – this chart was created only as an example for calculating stitch counts.
type.907 yards. For the blue elephant blanket the dimensions of 63” X 63” used 2.5” = 30. It’s better to over-calculate until you are comfortable with the technique. Using the calculations above for this fiber indicates much more yarn than was actually needed.75 yards Additional yarn will be needed to add a decorative crocheted border The amount of fiber you need will be determined by the brand.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Calculating yards to create a base These are the recommended yard requirement for a beginner project using a readily available base fiber: Item Type Sample chart page 16 Coaster(s) Base Pieces 1 4 Chart Dimensions 17 X 17 25 X 25 Size in inches 4X4 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 Stitches by Rows 17 sts X 17 rows 26 sts X 25 rows Yards in Fisherman’s Wool 48 yards 90-100 each (400 yards) To calculate the approximate yards needed for a project multiply the size in inches by 3 Example 1: 4” x 4” = 16 “ 16 times 3 (yards per inch) is 48 yards. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 17 .969 times 3 = 11. Something to consider: Three yards of Fisherman’s Wool makes approximately one square inch of fabric in basic afghan stitch using a size H hook and moderate tension.750 yards (25 skeins at 110 yards each) of Knit Picks worsted weight Wool of the Andes and a size H hook. Example 2: 5.25” multiplied by 3 is 90.5” x 5. Example 3: 63” X 63” = 3. tension and size of hook used for the project. You will have to judge each brand and project individually.
Maintaining a correct gauge is most important on projects using acrylic or cotton fibers. When felting. usually a 4” square. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 18 . Practice first until you gain the skills to produce consistent fabric. Gauge is somewhat difficult to achieve in afghan stitch but it is critical on any piece that you do not plan to felt. Tension is a direct result of how each artist holds the fiber. The examples at right are stitched with Fisherman’s Wool in Natural and the primary difference are the two sizes of afghan hooks used. Is it knit? Is it crochet? Or is it something new? The answer is that this is a form of crochet dating back decades but making a comeback in recent years. The sample made with the F hook is more accurate to gauge (square) than the H. less attention to gauge is required. Most wool fibers shrink at a nearly even rate and traditional felting is accomplished with a very loose stitch. There are multitudes of resources online including video how-to’s. I provide the basic stitch here because that’s all you need to start felted cross stitch. The basic stitch tends to be considerably taller than it is wide by (+)1 or by 1 more rows than the number of stitches in a given 1” section. H and F. The photos were taken after felting and you can see that the H hook produced a more rectangular shape while the F hook created more of a square shape. Gauge Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows in a given area. There are so many more possibilities with new fibers. since felting changes the characteristics of the fabric. If you want to learn more about the variety of stitches used in the afghan stitch (aka as Tunisian Crochet ) search the internet.THE FUN NEW ART Step 3: Create The Base Fabric OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH The majority of people who see the base fabric for the first time seem intrigued. better tools and a renewed creativity for the art. but the H felted better. Felting the fabric will even out the strands for the final piece and blocking it allows for some stretching in all directions. the size of the hook and tension applied by the artist. The size of a stitch will vary depending on the yarn (fiber).
THE FUN NEW ART The Basic Afghan Stitch. Make the first row. For our example I made a sample of 15 stitches x 10 rows. (2) Draw up a loop in each CH across (16 loops). Continue through 2 loops at a time across leaving 1 loop on the hook © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 19 . Step 3: (Working from left to right) Remove loops as follows. To begin CH 16 (15 + 1) Step 2: (Working from right to left) In each CH draw up a loop and keep it on the hook until you reach the last CH. To calculate the required size. (1) YO and draw through one loop (2) YO and draw through 2 loops. (1) Draw up a loop in the 2nd CH from hook. Skein of selected fiber. refer to the earlier section on Planning the Project. Materials: • • OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Afghan hook or crochet hook (for small projects) in the recommended size for your fiber. Step 1: Chain (CH) the number of stitches for the width of your base plus 1.
step 2). (16 loops on hook) Step 2: (Working from left to right) Remove loops as follows: YO hook.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH (3) The last loop of the first row is the first loop of the next row (1 loop remaining). Continue through 2 loops at a time across leaving 1 loop on the hook (same as in row 1. (2) Draw up a loop in each of the remaining upright bars. (1) YO and draw through one loop (same as in row 1. (16 loops). step 1). Repeat row 2. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 20 . Draw up a loop in the next and each remaining upright bars from row one leaving all loops on hook. steps 1 and 2 until you have stitched all rows required. *YO draw through 2 loops. (2) YO and draw through 2 loops. until one loop is remaining on the hook. This step repeats step 3 of the first row. (1) Skip the first upright bar and YO hook drawing through the 2nd upright bar. Row 2 and all other rows: Step 1: (Working from right to left) Skip the first upright bar under the current loop. draw through 1 loop. repeat from * across row*.
(4) Weave in ends. until one loop is remaining on the hook. (1) Front of the base fabric (in Natural) (2) Back of the base fabric (in Oatmeal) © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 21 . This is the point where the stitching corners connect.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Finishing Row (working right to left): Skip the first upright bar. Note the way the upright bars create a dark spot at the upper and lower right hand corner where they overlay one another on the front side of the fabric. (2) Break Yarn (3) Tie a scrap of yarn or place a safety pin in the upper left hand corner of the work to identify the correct direction of the fabric for stitching. CH 1. This will also help to keep your orientation as you turn the fabric. This is what the front and back of the fabric will look like when completed. (1) Draw up a loop in the next upright bar. YO hook and draw through 2 loops (across).
skip the outermost row and stitch into the first full row. Either a full or half cross stitch row at the edge similar to the sunflower coasters. but the stitchable area is 13 stitches by 8 rows. At the top and left edge of the fabric. Choose a complimenting or contrasting yarn color and make one row of full or half stitches on the outside row of the base. Crocheted Borders An alternative to a stitched row is a pretty and simple crochet border. that means the base pattern would be 19 stitches by 19 rows or equivalent to the stitched row plus a spacer row. I have used the single crochet. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 22 . For our example from page 16. pinned at the top left corner of the fabric and ready to add a decorative crochet border. Finish the base blanket and use the same sized crochet hook to add a decorative border or use a contrasting or complementing color for the stitched area. This sample is 15 stitches by 10 rows. a simple shell stitch and the leaf stitch on several projects. Leave the edges raw (without a decorative crochet edge) in the basic stitch.THE FUN NEW ART Creating Borders The full stitch and 1/2 stitch border OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH A pretty finishing touch for your project is a small decorative edge. Crochet Abbreviations CH – chain SP – spaces SL – slip stitch DC – double crochet ST or STS – stitch or stitches SC – single crochet YO – yarn over This is a lovely sample of Felted Cross Stitch fabric. When planning the base be sure to add two or more additional stitches and rows to each side in addition to the charting area.
SC in next SC repeat from * across to last SC from corner. Leaf Stitch Row 1: (SC edge) Row 2 (Right side): CH1. turn. 3 DC in next SC. CH1. skip next SC. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 23 . Scallop Stitch Row 1: (SC edge) Row 2: (Right side): *skip next SC. Skip next SC. *skip next SC. YO and draw through both loops on hook. Repeat row 2 for pattern as many time as desired. SL into 1st CH of DC. Join at beginning with SL. 3 dc. continue from * across to next corner until you are back to the first DC. skip first SC. Slip Stitch (SL) To work a slip stitch. 2 SC. 2 SC in next SC. repeat from * around. Row 3 (Wrong side): Turn fabric. Join at beginning with SL. Break yarn and weave in ends. insert hook in ST or SP indicated. At each corner 2 SC. Break yarn and weave in ends. YO and draw through both the ST and loop (LP) on hook. 2 SC in next SC. in corner stitch SC.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Basic Single crochet (SC) Insert hook in ST or SP indicated YO and pull up a loop. Break yarn: Pull 3-4” of yarn through and cut in center. SC Edge around border Row 1: SL into edge of fabric at the center of one side and SC evenly around the border edges.
The correct way to fix this is to rip it out down to the error and complete the other rows correctly. Dropped Row (right) The picture on the right shows a dropped row. When reviewing the sample 12” squares artists were evaluated based on the quality of their work among other criteria. See how it appears to be concave? The artist dropped a stitch. Blow-Out (right) Blow-out is what happens when the base and stitching fibers felt at drastically different rates. Dropped and Skipped Stitches There is a skipped stitch at the center of the two stitched squares on the left. This shows that skipping a single stitch results in an inconsistent stitching area for four squares.THE FUN NEW ART Flaws and Defects OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH There are a number of defects associated with the afghan stitch that should be avoided. Decreases. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 24 . See how the single stitch crosses over 2 rows. continued for five rows and then added a stitch when she discovered the error. Knots Knots on the front of the fabric interrupt the stitching consistency. Like the decrease stitches above the correct action would have been to tear out the five rows and crochet them back correctly. All knots should be eliminated (cut) and the two ends crocheted together for 3-5 stitches. The image at left shows a decrease stitch. Here are a few samples of work I consider flawed. The artist made an increase four rows later to bring it back to the correct size. The black yarn runs under the last correct stitch. This is a close-up picture of what the fibers look like after felting. Notice how the wool shrank tightly around the chenille. Correct stitching area is critical in this instance. For the Calla Lily project this added texture to the final piece and I may choose to use it intentionally with a future project. In this example the chenille was squeezed out between the wool during the felting process .
then fold it in half again by the height. Fold the fabric in half at the width. The Stitching Grid A stitching grid can be helpful on larger projects. The second option is to outline each page of the chart instead of smaller sections. You can add a stitch grid described below or begin stitching your chart depending on the size of the project and personal preference. Find the Center 1.THE FUN NEW ART Step 4: Complete The Project OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH It’s general practice in cross stitch to begin at the center of the chart. Mark the center stitch (red thread) found between the two folds and open the fabric back up to start. The stitch grid should reflect the chart lines. This is also recommended in felted cross stitch. This type gives you an easy reference to the edges of each charted page. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 25 . 2. Most patterns have a darker line every 8-10-12 or 20 stitches creating even blocks of stitching. Complete the first page of your chart and identify the edges of the charted pattern with a contrasting color woven onto the base. primarily to center your picture on the fabric. Use a contrasting thread and weave it into place on the fabric in sections corresponding to your chart. Be careful to note where the center of the chart is and adjust your grid accordingly. keeping the edges even.
this one is 24” by 36”.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Rules of Thumb . Felted Cross Stitch: • • • • Does not use a hoop or frame. Work in small sections. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 26 . Weave in ends when starting and stopping a color. Do not knot the ends of yarn. Cover it with clear shelf paper to resist absorbing the moisture from projects.Comparisons to traditional cross stitch Many of the rules of traditional cross stitch apply to felted cross stitch but there are a few differences Traditional Cross Stitch: • • • • Always cross the top and bottom stitches in the same direction with each other. Is worked primarily from the front (right) side of the fabric. etc. Tension: Keep the stitches loose to prevent it from constricting the base fabric.). Blocking This is a picture of multiple projects being blocked with a corkboard and t-pins. Uses a sewing motion (top to top) instead of a stitching motion (top to bottom to top. The basic fabric is composed of four stands of fiber that cross over each other at the center of each stitch. Felting will further secure them into the base. The grid will provide a simple guide when pinning your felted pieces. Ends are woven into the front (not the back) side of the fabric. it’s better to change colors frequently. Weave the ends between these strands to hide them. Draw 1” squares on a corkboard with a permanent marker.
The needle is stopped just before the first stitch. To demonstrate the differences in horizontal and vertical stitching in this sample I am not following a chart. From (11) work left to right with the top stitches. The next stitch is 4/5. The intersections are equivalent to the traditional holes in Aida cloth. I prefer working from the top right to the bottom left side of the group of stitches.. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 27 .THE FUN NEW ART Stitching Progression: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH There are two ways to complete a section of stitches. The bottom stitches will be completed from the right to the left. 18/19 to 24. Step 1: Anchor the floss under 3-4 upright bars (left to right) in the area you want to start stitching. Insert the needle at (12) where the last bottom stitch ends and expose it at (13) to start the first top stitch. The second is by making the full cross of each stitch individually. 11 9 7 5 3 1 12 10 8 6 4 2 Bottom Stitches: Starting at (1) work from right to left by inserting the needle at the bottom (2) of the stitch and exposing it again at the top (3) pulling the tail through both at the same time. reverse direction and stitch the top half of the same set. 16/17. Step 2: Position the needle to secure the tail under several strands of the base fabric and bring it up at (1). then work left to right 14/15. 6/7. Horizontal Stitching Now that you have a completed base fabric you can begin stitching your chart. 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 12 º º º º º º º º 14 º º º º 16 º º º º 18 20 22 24 The upright bars (yellow) and intersections (black dots) of the base fabric look similar to this illustration. Top Stitches: Reverse direction for the top half stitch. etc. I prefer the former but use both methods depending on the space worked and number of stitches to be completed. With either method be diligent in keeping your top and bottom stitches at the same angle with each other consistently. The first is to stitch the bottom half of multiple stitches.
In order to correct the first stitch work one stitch in reverse from (2) to (1). Complete the top half of the stitches of this horizontal row. The bottom half of this row is nearly completed and the needle is resting at space (12-13) ready to start the top stitches. It is ready to continue in the same pattern as the first row. etc. moving across in the order of (4-5. 9-10) and stop at (11). 6-7. Step 7: To do that. Start a new strand. Step 6: The top half of the stitches on the first row is finished and the needle rests between spaces (1 and 2) in the next row. Weave the end under four stitches and break yarn close to the base.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Step 3: The first stitch was made between space (2-3). The stitches are now working from left to right. Step 4: (11) Change direction. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 28 . the needle rests at (16-17) and is moving to the right. to 11). the stitch was completed and the needle now rests between (1) and (3). Step 8: Normally I would finish the top stitches like the first row but this strand is used up. Step 9: The stitch ends are nearly Invisible. Step 5: The top half of stitches (12-13) and (14-15) are now complete. The needle is resting at space (5-6) and will continue working across (7-8. Note that the fabric has a natural curl that will flatten out as stitches are added and there is a decorative pin indicating the top left hand of the fabric.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 29 . since the stitches move back and forth across the weave of the fabric. Step 2: Notice how the end is nearly invisible already. Step 3: The first stitch is made from (2-3) on the row below this stitch. I only use this method for small numbers of stitches. Starting the first vertical stitch. The needle is exposed at (1) on the top row and is ready for the bottom half of the first vertical stitch. This method is preferable to the horizontal method because it gets better coverage. Step 1: Anchor the floss under 3-4 base fibers vertically. Vertical: Stitching up and down instead of right and left. Step 4: The second half stitch will be made on the row below the last stitch. We are working down the right side of the fabric. The needle is now ready for stitching between (3-1). starting at space (1) of this row to space (1) of the row under it.THE FUN NEW ART Vertical Stitching OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Stitching vertically is more difficult to keep even.
Step 8: The horizontal row is finished. 3-3. 1-1. The next stitch is (3) to (5) and then continues in a horizontal pattern (right to left) as demonstrated earlier. This is what the back of the stitched fabric will look like. etc. The needle is resting at position (3/4) to start the horizontal row. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 30 . etc) until all bottom stitches are covered by a top stitch. Notice how the fabric has begun to lay flat as stitches are added. Step 7: Changing the direction of stitching and moving from a vertical stitching pattern to a horizontal stitching pattern. 3-3.) down to the end of that section. 1-1.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Step 5: Work the bottom half of all stitches (1-1. The needle rests on the last space (1-3) in preparation to change direction and complete the top half stitches. 3-3. Weave the end in. Step 6: The top half of the stitch is completed by moving back up the row (1-1.
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Woven Cross Stitch Technique This is a fun weaving technique that I’ve used on a few patterns to give the finished stitching additional dimension.e. 1. Make an anchor stitch by going under one strand of base fabric near the first woven stitch. Complete a row of cross stitches as you do normally. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 31 . This photo shows the needle resting at the last top half stitch of row one. Horizontal Weaving 2. floss or yarn Metal embroidery needle Instructions: This technique shows best on sections that have at least five (5) stitches and three (3) rows. Materials: • • • Handmade Felted Cross Stitch Fabric base Stitching fiber i.
Pull the floss through only as far as needed to remove the excess. There are three (3) rows of woven stitches and the needle rests under the vertical centers of the fully crossed stitches to add the center vertical stitch.. weave the current color under each bottom half of the bottom half stitch across as shown. Working right to left. Make an anchor stitch under one strand of the base fabric near the top half of the bottom half stitches to stop the thread from binding the bottom and top rows together. Work the next row(s) of stitches using steps 1-5. 4. 5. Vertical Weaving 6. Pull the end through only as far as needed to remove the slack from the yarn.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 3. Pull floss through only as far as needed to remove slack from the yarn. weave the current color under each top half of the bottom half stitch across all stitches as shown. Working left to right. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 32 . Pull through only as far as necessary to remove excess.
Break yarn. The anchor stitch for this row is made by crossing under one strand of the base fabric. Work across all columns. pull the floss through only as far as needed to remove the excess. Weave in ends. Make an anchor stitch under the next upright bar of the base fabric below the next column of stitches in preparation for the next center row weave. For contrast I added a rust strand in the woven technique. The woven cross stitch method was used on the head and body sections of the snowman chart using Light Effects floss under the standard DMC 6-strand cotton.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 7. Place the needle under the center of each crossed stitch in the next column. 9. The gray and white areas sparkle as a result. 8. The photo on the right is a sample of the woven technique used on the snowman pattern in Kim’s Scarf found in Appendix A. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 33 .
I chose to use the DMC Laine Colbert Tapestry Wool due to the accurate color conversion from the DMC Cottons. scissors and chart on the right. The background stitching has been replaced with a solid base fabric color which eliminates approximately half of the stitching required on the pattern.THE FUN NEW ART Holding A Large Project OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Right handed people should hold the base of the project in their left hand using the thumb to fold a section of the fabric over and control the tension and motion while stitching with their right hand. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 34 .com.750 yards) and a little over 40 hours to create. Instructions. The color graphic is reprinted with permission . The photo at right shows my progress as of the date of this publication. update photos and a show schedule are posted on the blog at: blueelephantstitchalong. The base is made from Knit Picks Wool of The Andes. I was inspired by the art of The Beaded Bird. Keep your floss. It required 25 skeins (2. Rest the weight of the unused fabric on your lower arm and grip the fabric at the left of the active area. Follow my progress or make one for yourself. I expect it to felt to a final dimension of 56” X 56”. 100% Peruvian Highland Wool in Sapphire Heather #23899. The full size is 63” X 63” prior to felting. (Lefties reverse directions) The Blue Elephant Blanket Project The blue elephant blanket project is my most ambitious to date. I chose this chart for the vibrant colors and large blue background. There are 130 stitching colors in the chart . progress.wordpress. preferably resting on a surface next to the work area.
Turn the washer to it’s hottest setting and start the longest cycle available for that machine. Felting Tips and Cautions • • • • Plan a felting party. Add a small amount of detergent to remove oils from handling the item. 3. Combine multiple pieces in one wash to conserve energy. Stop when you are satisfied with the size. This is optional and you should consider the colorfastness of the fibers used in the project when deciding. For small projects. Use a timer and check your progress at 15. at least 15-20 mintes. put a pair of jeans in the washer with your felted items for additional agitation. The sample on the right is the same piece after felting. Take each item out of the pillow case and lay it flat or use a ruler to judge how the process is going. When the pieces have shrunk to the size you want them. OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 2. Use an agitating washer. Front load washers don’t provide enough agitation to felt a project well. The dark fibers indicate flaws in the base piece and were removed before felting. allow the washer to finish the cycle. Use a timer to reset the washer as the cycle ends in order to keep the pieces agitating in hot water for the full time estimated. 25. 30. 6.THE FUN NEW ART Simple Felting Instructions Felting is fun and simple. 40 and 45 minutes. 4. Time your felting to coincide with projects your friends are working on and do it together. 20. 5. 35. 1. Place it in a zippered pillowcase to keep loose fibers from clogging up the drainage system of the washer and your plumbing. Finish the piece(s) you want to felt. Remember the water is HOT and use a stick or tongs to retrieve items from the tub when checking them. Remove each piece and pin it to a blocking board to dry for 24 hours. • • © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 35 . The sample on the left is the red heart sample piece that has not been felted yet.
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Appendix A © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 36 .
Aqua. green. Pastel Pink. Oak Tweed. Feltable—100% Wool Fisherman’s Wool Fisherman’s Wool is a worsted weight . Birch Tweed and Maple Tweed. Mint. etc. This fiber is being tested and is currently available only as a custom order for felted cross stitch fabric (tm). The six (6) colors available are Oatmeal (gray). When ordering multiples of one size (4x4. Pale Blue. Prices below are quoted for worsted weight and other weights will be added as time and development allow. Caron Simply Soft (pending) Caron Simply Soft is a DK  weight acrylic yarn that is available in many colors. please contact gypsyinthecastle@gmail. pink. yellow. 6x6. Tangerine. Tangerine. Fresh Green. Natural (cream).com to discuss your particular project and fiber desires. Punch Fun (variegated orange. Every piece ordered is hand made to order and some variation in the final piece is expected. Summer Ombre (variegated pink. yellow and white). Knit Picks Bare worsted weight (additional 1 week delivery) Knit Picks Bare is a dye free 100% Peruvian wool. Lemon. Felted cross stitch fabric (tm) is currently available in the following standard fibers and dimensions. green and white). Not Feltable—Acrylics Bernat Softee Baby Bernat Softee Baby is an acrylic weight  baby yarn available in 13 colors White. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 37 . Brown Heather. Denim Marle (blue and white). LLC the majority of cost is paid directly to member artists who are required to maintain a rating of 10 to participate.THE FUN NEW ART Afghan Artists Guild OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH The Afghan Artists Guild is a cooperative group of artists who make felted cross stitch fabric (tm) for crafters who don’t have the skill or inclination to make it themselves.) the same artist will make all pieces to guarantee consistency. It is available in weights from lace to bulky. Soft Peach and Baby Baby (variegated pink. A small percentage of the cost contributes to the administrative expenses of the Afghan Artists Guild and Gypsy In The Castle. blue. Nature’s Brown. We are the premier supplier of felted cross stitch fabric (tm) to the crafting community. Custom orders are available using other fibers at a premium fee. green and white). 100% Pure virgin wool containing natural oils.
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THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Full member status is based on customer feedback. +1 +1 Example: A 4” x 4” base could be between 3. Are you satisfied with the fabric that was delivered? +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 Quality of Work 1. the counts are accurate within (+6 stitches/rows to satisfy guage) 3 Defect free fabric and ready for stitching! +1 Defects include: dropped stitches or dropped rows. 6.25” and satisfy the parameter of 4”. Reasonable delivery time. Shipment accuracy and confirmation 5.25” of order dimensions. skipped stitches and front side knots (-1 each) • More than one defect will result in rejection and replacement on notification. 6. Time management Our artists understand your excitement about receiving the fabric you ordered. Consistent tension. Product is scheduled for delivery no more than 12 weeks from order. artists are required to maintain a rating of 9. • If ordered as stitches by rows. • More than 3 consecutive defective orders and the artist is returned to probationary status. Do all of the stitches look even to you? 2. The item must be shipped no later than the agreed delivery date or alternative arrangements must be approved by the customer and the Guild no less than 24 hours prior to the deadline. Accuracy in completing the order Measure the fabric. General customer satisfaction. Communication and Customer Service 1. +1 3. Timely acceptance of the order. Professional and personable (easy to work with).75” and 4.8 based on the following criteria. You received an acknowledgement email within 3 business days. Does it meet the order requirements? • Accurate measurements to within 0. The artist asked for clarification if necessary +1 2. Early and frequent (weekly) notification of order delays 4. extra stitches or extra rows. Total possible per order © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved +10 39 .
The felted cross stitch samples substituted the 6-strand floss for equivalent wools. Blue Color Description Sample panel – 10” X 8” . The original pattern is stitched on 14-Count Aida using Weeks Dye Works 6-strand 100% silk floss for comparison to the original charted pattern. Suggested modification: Use your school colors to make a multi-panel quilt like afghan. This is the actual pattern we will be using in class at Village Needlework. Floss Substitution Table Silk (Below) Weeks Dye Works 1225 Tiger’s Eye 1333 Lancaster Red 4117 Father’s Day Thread WorX 01144 8712 23436-Daffodil Silver/Gray Tapestry Wool Anchor 8022 8404 8794 Stash yarns Knit Picks WofA 24650-Caution 24274-Lullaby 24078-Mocha Twist Gold Red Var. April 16. This is one of 12 charts in the series.THE FUN NEW ART Patterns OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH The quilt square on this page was created for use in a class room setting at Village Needlework in Marion. 2011. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 40 . IA.Hot Pad or Mouse Pad The first panel is the full chart in felted cross stitch. The base was made using Fisherman’s Wool in Oatmeal with a size F hook. 6” Sample panel – Coasters One modification of this basic pattern is to take a single square and stitch it onto a coaster sized base pattern of 28 stitches by 28 rows. 48 stitches by 48 rows. I stitched this pattern with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes stash fiber left over from the sunflowers project to demonstrate the versatility of color. The pattern is Blessed are the Piece/Peace Makers Quilt—Square #4 by Eileen Gurak Needlework Design.
Break yarn. 5.5 yards). Add a decorative border: SC around the edges of the base fabric. Stitch the swan chart onto one (or more) corners of the blanket. Afghan Artists Guild base priced as 36” x 36”. 6. LLC: Blocking Block the blanket by washing in warm water. Chain 234 stitches. Use a large tooth comb to “comb” out the fur from the stitching creating a two dimensional accent that is soft to touch. black DK weight wool (3 yards). specify swan baby blanket and yarn color in order details. ? 1 1 2 3 4 5 ? 6 7 8 9 10 11 w w w w w w w w w w o b b o o 2 3 b b b 4 w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w 5 w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w 6 7 8 9 10 11 w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w Center of chart w w w Half stitch in adjoinin g color Backstitching . 3. 2. gentle cycle with a mild detergent to remove oils from your hands and lay flat to dry.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Swan Baby Blanket Size 36” wide X 36” tall Gauge 26 sts X 20 rows makes 4” Materials: • • • • (3) skeins Softee Baby in White Size F. 4. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 41 .black w b o White fun fiur Black sport weight wool Orange sport or sock weight wool Quantity in Yds 12. orange DK weight cotton or floss (1 yd) Instructions: 1. 18” afghan hook Size 13 embroidery needle Stitching yarn for swan: White Fun Fur (12. Using the instructions for basic afghan stitch provided on page 19 make 180 rows. Using the instructions for the scallop stitch on page 23 crochet a scallop border into the SC row around the blanket.5 10 1 12 13 Swan chart © 2010 Gypsy In The Castle. weave in ends.
THE FUN NEW ART Fuzzy Animal Layette Size 23” wide X 20” tall Gauge 22 stitches X 19 rows makes 4” Materials: • • • • OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH (3) skeins Softee Baby in White Size G or H. Remove the baste stitches as you progress. 2. Stitch one animal in the center of each square using the charts on pages 39-41 and 6-strand floss or substitute yarns of your choice. This pattern is for panels 1-9 (make 9) 4. weave in ends. brown. 6.5” wide X 7” tall panels stitched together. 9 square block 1 – Lavender butterfly (3) 2 – Fun Fur Pony 4 – Scotty dog 5 – Blue butterfly (1) 8 – Fun Fur purple pig 3 – Rose butterfly (2) 6 – Balloons 9 – Green butterfly (7) 1 4 7 2 5 8 3 6 9 7 – Peach butterfly (4) (Numbers in parenthesis indicated charted color variations) 5. Use a single crochet to stitch all 9 pieces together. Break yarn. blue. The original blanket was assembled with the following individual squares. dark purple. red. Using the instructions for basic afghan stitch provided on page 19 make 34 rows. 3. variegated gray and variegated gold/yellow. Instructions for each panel: 1. 12”-18” afghan hook Size 13 embroidery needle DMC 6-strand cotton floss (double strand) in colors indicated by the charts. This blanket is made in the more traditional manner using (9) 7. Fun Fur in light purple. Chain 41. Use this chart to arrange the completed squares and baste stitch them together loosely before combining them. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 42 .
Mini Series #10 by Terrie Lee Steinmeyer © 1987 and variations on recommended color is listed on page 46. You will receive Nine (9) 7. Afghan Artists Guild base priced as 24” x 24”. The Scotty dog and pig are found in A Little Bit Country. Use the instructions on page 23 to crochet a shell stitch border into the SC row around the blanket. Published by Leisure Arts. choose a mini chart pattern booklet from a local craft store or purchase a copy of the referenced chart to complete this project. The butterfly is found in Very Victorian.5” x 7” panels. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 43 . published by Leisure Arts. I am unauthorized to publish the charts for the butterflies. specify Fuzzy Animal Layette base and color of fiber in order details. pig and Scottie dog. Mini Series #16 © 1987. The bow tie was completed in variegated cotton baby yarn in woven cross stitch style.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 7. Follow the recommended color scheme or have fun substituting colors with your own stash yarn. Regarding charts I have included charts I created for the balloons and pony. Use the charts provided in multiple colors. Add a decorative border: SC around the edges of the base fabric.
I used a single strand sport weight black wool to make small hooves in half stitches for detail.THE FUN NEW ART Fun Fur Pony OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Use a single strand of brown Fun Fur stitch the pony chart. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 44 . 100% Mercerized Cotton in Lavender (variegated) using the woven cross stitch technique. LLC Purple Pig and Scottie Dog The Purple Pig is stitched with a single strand purple fun fur and the charted DMC cotton floss heart in center The Scottie Dog is stitched with a single strand black/gray variegated fun fur and the collar is stitched in Patons Grace. ? 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 ? 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b 2 b b b b b 3 b b b b b 4 b b 5 b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b b Cent er of chart b b b b b b b Single Stran d Stitching Brown Fun Fur Black half stitch (hooves) 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 13 17 b b b b b b b b b b b Pony chart © 2010 Gypsy In The Castle. Backstitching was completed in a single strand of black DMC cotton floss. Optional: Backstitch an outline to add more definition.
Gold/Black Lad der Ribbon DB LP Y R Sin gle Strand Stitching Dark Blue Fun Fur Ligh t Purp le Fun Fur Yellow variegated Fun Fu r Red Fun Fur Quantity in Yds 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 2 0 21 22 Balloons chart © 2010 Gypsy In The Castle. blue. LLC © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 45 . The balloon strings are stitched with narrow gold and black ladder yarn using a knot to “tie” it to the bottom of each balloon.THE FUN NEW ART Balloon Bouquet OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH The Fun Fur balloons bouquet is whimsical and fun. Stitch over the bars of the facing fabric and leave a 1/2” tail free on both sides to give the impression that they are blowing in the wind. gold and purple. The balloons are stitched with a single strand Fun Fur in red. ? 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ? 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB DB Over stitchin g is accomplished by looping through th e b ar instead of stitching front to back as in cross stitch (see closeup of ballon strin gs) Leave 3/4 to 1 inch tail "tied" to each balloon and another tail for each where they join at row 20/column 16 Center of chart Y Y Y Y Y Y 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Y Y Y Y Y Y 10 11 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y LP LP L P LP LP LP LP L P LP LP LP LP LP LP L P LP LP LP LP LP LP LP L P LP LP LP LP LP LP LP L P LP LP LP LP LP L P LP LP LP L P LP Half stitch in adjoining color Over stitching .
Comb it out. Artists and parents are expected to use their best judgment when giving this item to an infant or toddler. then creativity took over. Comb gently so you don’t rip the stitches out. You want the end of this half of the fiber to be closest to your stitches to eliminate some shedding. I started playing with the Fun Fur and the blanket was charted to include all of the animals. On one side the fur drops straight down (grain) and on the other side the fibers curve up first. Caution: Fun Fur has a tendency to “shed” small fibers. Tips on using Fun Fur: • Stitch with the grain to minimize shedding. The grain side is the one where the fibers are dropping straight down. Hold a piece of Fun Fur in the center letting it hang on two sides of your finger. This is an extremely versatile quilt. Lay flat to dry. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved • 46 . Use a large tooth comb to “comb” out the fur from the stitching to make a soft to touch animal. Blocking Block the blanket by washing in cold water. gentle cycle with a mild detergent to remove oils from your hands.THE FUN NEW ART Baby Blanket Butterflys OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Color variation recommendations for the butterfly chart: Square # Color # DMC Dk Blue M Blue L Blue Yellow Black Body 1 Blue 930 931 932 676 310 433 2 Rose 223 224 225 307 310 300 3 Lavender 208 210 211 307 310 300 4 Peach 350 352 353 307 310 300 8 Teal 500 501 503 498 310 451 5 Pink 930 931 932 676 310 433 6 Tan 602 603 605 517 310 580 7 Green 936 937 905 944 310 938 Note: My original pattern idea was to repeat the same butterfly chart in 9 colors. Email a photo of your completed blanket to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post it with your name to the blog to share with other stitchers. If you stitch against the grain you will get a lap full of small pieces of strings.
217 yards. weave in ends Add a SC around the edges of the finished piece SL into first SC Break yarn. 50% Acrylic.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Kim’s Scarf One of the first projects I created was a winter scarf for a friend. This scarf uses crochet. Make the base: • • • Add the border • CH 21 Using the basic afghan stitch make 100 rows (48”) Break yarn. 10% Nylon Size F. cross stitch and woven cross stitch skills Materials: • 1 skein Berroco. Vintage Wool in Cast Iron. afghan stitch. 12” Afghan hook Size F crochet hook (optional for border) Metal embroidery needle • • • Instructions for scarf base: This base pattern uses the basic afghan stitch and a SC border. Snowmen and snowflakes are two of her favorite things and I was happy to incorporate them into this light winter scarf. weave in ends. 40% Wool. Medium . • • © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 47 .
Stitch the full cross stitches and use the woven technique whenever possible on the chart.gray t . The Snowflake Snowflake is stitched with one strand of Cotton Perle (size 5)in white and one strand of DMC Light Effects E3843 (5290) using the woven cross stitch technique. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 48 .THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Stitch the snowflake and snowman onto each end of the scarf using these charts.tan b . The Snowman Colors: w .brown Backstitching Black Satin Floss Red S321 310 DMC 000 168 842 841 Stitch the chart.white g . Weave all ends into the base fibers. Use the woven cross stitch technique on the hat with DMC 842 and 841 and on the body using the Pearlescent Light Effects E5200 (5272). Then complete the backstitching.
Anyone who is willing to fight under and die for what it represents. but there is no penalty for failure to comply with it and it is not widely enforced — indeed. It is Section 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U." I strongly recommend it only be made to honor a veteran with the recipients permission.S. The Pattern: This veterans lap blanket is made using the basic afghan stitch.C. 3 skeins Size H. cross stitch and basic crochet. if ever passed into law. the U. My Deepest Gratitude and We Love You" Before making this item please be aware of the Flag Code of the United States. 1 skein (C) Red Strips – (Color 113 Scarlet). © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved (B) White Stripes – (Color 100 White). should be allowed to be warmed by it in life. In other countries and places. "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. 3 skeins Lion Brand Cotton Ease (D) White Stars – (Color White. Size: 31” X 25” Materials: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (A) Blue Field – (Color 107 Sapphire). Supreme Court has ruled that punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. additional information regarding the Flag Code): The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the flag of the United States.S.S. local etiquette applies. 4 ply). would override Supreme Court rulings on this matter. This is a U. (A Flag Desecration Amendment has been proposed from time to time and. federal law.e. Wikipedia (i." "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.S. This is my way of saying to veterans "Welcome Home. 1 skein Size 7 crochet hook Large metal embroidery needle Optional Sulky Metallic Gold Thread (#145-8003) Tip: Order the yarn direct from Lion Brand website to ensure that all skeins are from the same lot. jurisdiction.) This etiquette is as applied within U. § 1 et seq). 24” afghan hook Small metal embroidery needle 49 .THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Veterans Lap Blanket This blanket is the first project I completed in afghan stitch.
do not turn): With (C) YO and draw through one loop on hook. (125 sts) Repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete one (1) row of basic afghan stitch. 7 times. End of blue field and corresponding stripes. Repeat steps 2 and 3. The blue field and first white stripe: Rows 7-12 using (B) in place of (C). with (C) chain 84. Alternate between (B) and (C) for 7 stripes ending with (C). repeat * to * for 41 stitches. Work rows 3-6: Repeat steps 2 and 3 of the foundation row 4 more times. (127 ST on hook) Step 3: (working left to right. Full stripes © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 50 . pick up (A) and chain 42 more (total 126 chains). Pick up (A) repeat from * to * until only one loop remains. repeat * to * till end (83 ST). Change to (C). step 1: Use the size H afghan hook.. repeat * to* 83 sts. YO and draw up a loop *YO and draw up a loop next upright bar*. weave in ends. Step 2 (working right to left): With (A) Insert hook into 2nd upright bar. “YO and draw through two loops on hook”.THE FUN NEW ART Gauge 18 sts and 15 rows = 4” Instructions: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH This blanket is made using the basic afghan stitch. The blue field and first red stripe: Foundation row. Rows 13-18 (C) Rows 31-36 (B) Rows 19-24 (B) Rows 37-42 (C) Rows 25-30 (C) Break yarn.
weave in ends. Row 4: Reverse direction now moving counter-clockwise around the border. 7 times for each color. SC in same SC. CH1. SK1 Row 2: Continue with (C) around the border in a counter-clockwise direction using instruction for leaf stitch. Make stars: Cut 50. Row 3: Reverse direction now moving clockwise around the border. Crochet one row in SC around entire parameter of blanket. 42” strands of Cotton Ease (4 ply yarn) © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 51 .THE FUN NEW ART All rows are now one color: Repeat Steps 2 and 3. 2 SC in same ST Bottom: 287 ST Top: 286 ST Right side: 221 ST Left side: 221 ST Leaf Stitch CH 1. repeat * to * to the corner. CH 1. Break yarn. SK 1 SC. Weave in all ends. *2 SC in next SC*. OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Rows 49-54 (C) Rows 67-72 (B) Rows 55-60 (B) Rows 73-78 (C) Crochet border: Begin with (C) in the lower left hand corner of the blanket and work in a counter-clockwise direction. Change to (B) and repeat leaf stitch. Join with SL in first CH. Rows 43-48 (B) Rows 61-66 (C) Break yarn. At each corner: 2 SC in last CH. Change to (A) and repeat leaf stitch. Join with SL at first SC. turn corner.
crochet in one strand of Sulky metallic gold thread to the corresponding state star. DC into next CH. 4 times more and row 1 again. stitch one star into each corresponding space on the blue field using the 12” tail of each star. join with SL in third CH from hook. *CH 4. Make 50 Stitch the stars to the blue field: Using the chart at the right. To help place the stars weave a contrasting color yarn to the blue field at even spaces. Optional: To recognize the veteran’s or artists state. Repeat rows 1 and 2. Row 2 and all even rows: 1 star on each of 5 spaces. Tip: Create a grid for placing stars on the blue field. On the first and all odd rows place the star in the square. SL into center of ch 3* Repeat * to * 4 more times pulling end of yarn through. Instructions: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Leaving a 12” tail. make a slip knot and CH 3. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 52 . SC in next CH. Row 1 and all odd rows: 1 star in each of 6 spaces. SL into first CH from hook. On the second and all even rows place the stars over the dividing yarn.THE FUN NEW ART Using the size 7 crochet hook.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 53 . cross stitch the VETERAN lettering onto the 10th and 11th strips in R (red) and W (white).THE FUN NEW ART VETERAN stitching chart: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Using the chart below. Work as if working a cross stitch pattern-see additional diagram. Eliminate the star field or make a solid blanket and sprinkle the stars around the VETERAN lettering. The numbers between each letter indicate the number of spaces (columns) left unstitched. 121 121 spaces across -51 51 spaces in lettering -48 6 letters with 8 spaces between each 22 22 remaining divided by 2 11 spaces before and after the lettering 11 R R R R R R R R W W W W W W W W W W W W W R R R R W W W R R R R 8 R R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W W W W W W W W W R W R W R W R R 11 Indicates the number of stitch columns between the border and first or last letter 8 Indicates the number of stitch columns between letters R R R R R R 8 R R R R R R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W R R R R 8 R R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W W W W W W W W W R W R W R W R R R R R R R R 8 R W Stitch in the Scarlet color on the white background Stitch in the White color on the scarlet background R R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W R R R W R R R W R R R W W W W W W W R R R 8 R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W R R R W R R R W R R R W R R R R W W W W R R R W W W W 8 R R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W R R R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W R R R R W W W W 11 Alternatives: • • Made a solid blanket with multi colored striped boarder and stitch Veteran in the center.
Use the following list as a guide for how large a zip bag you will need for each color. • • • 1-5 skeins = snack bag 5-10 skeins = sandwich sized bag > 10 skeins = quart sized bag (keep extra in a separate area) 2. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 54 .dk Step by Step Instructions: 1. Color 1 in our example is DMC 799 and has 15 skeins 4. sandwich and quart sizes 24” Zip Tie found at a local hardware center or big box store 1-2 bags of 100 count 4” Zip Ties • • Make color cards for each stitching color. I included the color description and number of skeins needed to complete the project. I drew the symbols on by hand after printing: Color Cards Symbol: DMC Color: 799 Symbol: DMC Color: 806 **3766** Wool Color: 7798 Description: delft blue . Connect a 24” zip tie to itself as loose as possible – you can tighten it later. Count the number of colors needed in your chart.md Quantity: Wool Color: 7897 Description: peacock blue . 3. Print out business card sized papers with the DMC and Wool fiber numbers and symbol on it (example below). I would choose a quart bag for this color and punch a hole in one corner. Calculate the number of skeins of each color you are purchasing. The blue elephant blanket used over 130 colors and 300 skeins of tapestry wool. 2.THE FUN NEW ART How To Make A Fiber Organizer Materials: • • Hole punch OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Zipper baggies in snack.
The baggies hang on the longer zip tie in order of DMC #. This is a frugal system for managing all of the stitching colors to keep them organized. 7. clean and easily transported wherever you go! © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 55 . 8. Cut out the color card and put it in the bag. Put a 4” zip tie through the punched hole and connect it in a loop around the 24” zip tie. OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 6. 9. Place the fiber in 806 and make a snack bag size for 3766 color card reference– having the cards in order of DMC numbers make them easy to find and tells you where the shared color is.THE FUN NEW ART 5. Write the alternative color number on your chart or thread holder cards for easier reference. For DMC colors that share a wool color like 806 & 3766 make two color cards and two baggies. Note: You could also split the fiber up into both bags. Put the skeins of 7798 tapestry wool in the bag.
Staple multiple sheets together at the spine 6. Fold it in half lengthwise 3.THE FUN NEW ART Simple Thread Holder Cards Materials: • • • OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 8. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 56 . When the project is complete. return the ends to each baggie for the next project and throw the color card in the recycle bin. The yellow highlight indicates colors I’ve run out of and need to order. Place it facedown and spray the glue on the back 4. Poke two (2) holes through both sides of the card at each color symbol as you stitch to hold the extra tapestry yarn in place. Print or copy your color chart onto a full sheet of paper 2.5 X 11” copy paper Printer or copier Spray Glue Instructions: 1. Tip: Using 2 holes instead of 1 keeps the color on the front of the card (left side of photo) and the tails in the back (right side of photo) making it easy to flip them to select your next fiber and while keeping the tails out of the way. Fold the backs together. This is quicker than putting them back in the bags every time you change colors. gluing them to each other 5.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 57 . The versatility in flosses demonstrates the many possibilities for this craft. (3) Stitch colors 1-5 and begin 1st petal on left (yellow). Stitching Progression (1) Locate the center of the work and mark it with a pin or thread. This project accompanies me to shows and was a very rewarding project to complete.THE FUN NEW ART The Sunflowers Project OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH I spent the better part of summer 2010 making comparisons in stitching with the sunflower chart. (2) Stitch the first two colors working from the center of the fabric.
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH (4) Petals 1-6 are now stitched. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 58 . (5) And more petals (6) Adding Leaves (7) Backstitching is complete The last sample was felted before this photo was taken.
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Side by side comparison of how each floss finished after felting Silk fiber on 14 Count Aida DMC Cotton 6 strand embroidery floss Knit Picks Wool of the Andes DMC Tapestry Wool © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 59 .
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Appendix B © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 60 .
Both are charter members of the Afghan Artists Guild © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 61 . This is a list of sources for patterns.etsy. IA 52302 (319) 362-3271 * joan@villageneedlework. Both are charter members of the Afghan Artists Guild Connie’s Crochet Connie Pfost Etsy ID: conniemariepfost http://www. Marion Iowa Joan Ackerman 1123 7th Avenue Marion. try wool to their stock so it is now available locally. Forever Design Cherie White Etsy ID: Forever Design www.etsy. Patterns. Supporters and Material Sources I wish to recognize the following businesses whose products and support have been invaluable in the process of developing felted cross stitch.com/The-Beaded-Bird Village Needlework.THE FUN NEW ART Resources OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Fiber. fibers. supporters and materials used in the completion of this book.com/shop/conniemariepfost Connie and Cherie are two artists who have been my partners and confidante’s through this process.com Special thanks to the beaded Bird for permission to use Special thanks to Village Needlework who has a passion for the Blue Elephant chart and photos in demonstrating promoting local artists and added the Laine Colbert tapesthis new art form. Supporters The Beaded Bird eBay store Link: http://stores.ebay.com/shop/foreverdesign Cherie and Connie are two artists who have been my partners and confidante’s through this process.
Reference for the numbers of colors and types currently available in DMC 6-strand flooss. A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village. 30 Easy-To-Crochet Pattern Stitches by Leisure Arts little books.THE FUN NEW ART Floss Brand Preferences OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Based on a scan of chart pattern books available to me. Page 15. copyright 2008. I determined that the most popular floss manufacturers are DMC and Anchor/Bates. DMC Needlework Threads Color Card. Mother & Daughter Designs Society of Craft Designers Stitch World Yarn Tree Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unclear Yes Yes Yes Yes Generic colors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Royal Mouline DMC Yes Yes Anchor/Bates Yes Yes Generic colors JPC Other Patterns and Pattern Books American Afghans by Bernat.com Dafni’s Creations Dimensions Dover Needlework Jeanette Crew Designs – One Nighters Kappie Originals Leisure Arts Lollipop Designs Lucky Duck Designs Mats Etc. copyright 1974 The butterfly pattern used in the baby blanket is taken from Very Victorian Mini Series #10 by Terrie Le Steinmeyer copyright 1987 by Leisure Arts The sunflower pattern was taken from The American School of Needlework. This reference did not include the linen line. Cross Stitch Designers Alma Meter Mice Banar Designs Bucilla Crazy for Cross Stitch. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 62 . Basic instruction for cross stitch was referenced using First Steps in Counted Cross Stitch. basic instructions plus over 15 charted designs by Rita Weiss Crochet abbreviations for base patterns were referenced to Beginner’s Guide. Sunflower Study with Blue and White. Book No 211. book number 3630 by Linda Gillum called Sunflowers Sunflowers Sunflowers.
com www.universalyarn. Mini Series Booklets Needlework Mini Booklets One Nighters Leisure Arts American School of Needlework Jeannette Crew Designs. Misti International Plymouth Yarn Co.mistialpaca.com Conversion Charts DMC Needlepointers www. Inc. Check listings on eBay or Google Check listings on eBay or Google http://www.com © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 63 .com www.hand-dyedfibers.com www.com www.plymouthyarn.uniquekolours.com www. South West Trading Company The Alpaca Yarn Company Twisted Sisters Universal Yarn Company Yarnmarket LLC OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH www.needlepointers.com Recommended Mini Pattern Booklets for beginning Felted Cross Stitch Note: eBay is an excellent source for mini pattern books and you can often find rare and discontinued patterns.com www.com www.knitpicks.com www.com www.com www.yarnmarket.berroco.soysilk.com www.fiberwild.twistedsistersknitting.thealpacayarnco.dmc-usa.123stitch.jeanettecrews.lionbrand.com www.dmc-usa.herrschners.decadentfibers.THE FUN NEW ART Recommended Fiber Sources 1-2-3 Stitch Berroco Collinette Decadent Fibers The DMC Corporation Fiber Wild Hand Dyed Fibers Herrschner’s Knit Picks Lion Brand Yarn Co.com www.com www.com www.com www.com www.
com/people/GypsyInTheCastle © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 64 . LLC at http://www.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Additional Web Sites for Fiber and Artists Handblessings Ravelry www.com/people/AfghanArtistsGuild OR Gypsy In The Castle. Place an order at one of our shops: The Afghan Artists Guild at http://www.etsy.handblessings.com www. LLC Deveri Johnson.etsy. Send photos and share ideas at the email address below.com To order Felted Cross Stitch Fabric on Etsy.com I hope you have enjoyed learning the process of Felted Cross Stitch and I look forward to seeing what you do with the art. For more information: Gypsy In The Castle.ravelry. Creative Director Email: gypsyinthecastle@gmail.