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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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Combined with the extensive color and fiber selections of today artists have a much larger choice of applications. one of the women in the group presented me with a copy of American Afghans by Bernat. 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. This manual is based primarily on the basic stitch. creates a fabric much like the Aida cloth mentioned [ ]”. Charted Alphabets and Borders Volume Two. The Basic Stitch The afghan stitch is also known as Tunisian crochet. Book No 211. copyright 1975 “[ ]a form of crochet done with a long hook. brought in an afghan she made and allowed me to examine it to see the construction and stitching. Most ranged from between 12 to 18 inches long. Traditionally projects were stitched with yarns of the same brand used for the base. In late 2009 I inherited a beautiful American Flag blanket from a friend’s mother’s estate made in a stitch unknown to me. Dorothy. The result was a limited color and texture selection. The other limitation was available hook sizes. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved . copyright 1974. Today hooks are available with longer tails and in a wide range of sizes and types including metal. In the same time frame another member. The following week. I found another reference to the afghan stitch in a cross stitch chart booklet Leisure Arts. I recognized the potential for application in cross stitch immediately by the even stitching field produced by this stitch. I took it to a CR Knits group gathering to find out what it was and if anyone knew how to create it. Leaflet 57. As a result most projects were stitched in panels or squares and sewn together. Using craft skills developed over a lifetime and with a thirst for making old things new.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. A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village. 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. Susan. limiting the design opportunities. wood and bamboo. were between a size F and H and held only 72 to 96 stitches. I began experimenting by reproducing the fabric.
Floss skeins cost as little as $0. Conversion charts are available on the internet and resources are listed in appendix B. The fibers contract like the Wicked Witch of the East and usually link together into a lovely final piece of artwork. Cross stitch fiber has expanded to more than 500 colors for standard 6-strand cotton floss and wool flosses number over 300.THE FUN NEW ART Cross Stitch OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Cross stitch is possibly the most popular needle art today. 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. DMC color numbers are consistently listed in the majority of patterns reviewed. metallic. It is now available in silk and silk blends. variegated color and linens. 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.25 each. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 5 . making it cost effective and fun to start stitching. Felting is fun to experiment with prior to completing anything dear to your heart. agitating water. The two dominant companies are DMC and Anchor (aka Susan Bates or Bates). are the least expensive to acquire and will be used predominantly throughout the book. The simple stitch and multitude of fabrics and colors available now is appealing to anyone with even the most rudimentary skills.
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. styles and colors. plastic needles snag the base fibers making consistent stitching more difficult. color and texture and you will probably find that you do too. 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. 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. “Yarn” is the most common description used when talking about crocheting and “fiber” is most often used when talking about knitting. Let your imagination run with this. Depending on the project you simply eliminate the last step of felting.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. They are also available in plastic. Purchase hooks that you will be excited to use as you’ll be spending a considerable amount of time with them. I use blunt metal needles exclusively in stitching for one reason. but several of my projects were made with an acrylic base fiber and cotton floss for stitching. 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. Base Fibers – To Felt or Not To Felt? The label “felted cross stitch” implies that you will felt everything. The selection continues to increase with the increasing popularity of the afghan stitch. bamboo and rosewood. The range of stitching fibers and your personal stash yarns will guarantee that no two projects are alike. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 7 . weaving and spinning which also takes into account raw materials like roving (wool that has not been spun).
Each of these products have performed equally well in testing. This base was made with a poor quality wool blend that failed to perform. communication and performance. Check the final product for shrinkage in both directions and color fastness. My third choice is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (KPWofA). Using the swatch and a timer. a co-op of artists who have been screened for standards such as consistency.99. All manufacturers products will react differently and some wools are not suited for felting. you can estimate how long it might take to felt your final project. gauge. This photo is taken after felting.THE FUN NEW ART To Felt OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH If you plan to felt your finished work. The brown bear on the left was made with one of the commissioned samples. test it before making a full project base. Note the gaps in the stitching and loose stitches surrounding the charted area. The results ranged from 8. My second choice is Knit Picks “Bare” Peruvian Wool. I recommend you use one of the following for your first project. They are serious individuals who maintain personal businesses based in the crafts industry and are available through the guild to make your base fabric. performance and an understanding of your needs. • My first choice is Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool.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. For those who don’t crochet. If you choose to hire independent artists to create your base fabric. we will provide the base fabric within the accurate parameters for you. 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. Felting instructions are on page 26. using a size H hook and natural color worsted weight 100% wool with a gauge of 6-8 stitches/rows per inch. If you have a favorite wool brand. This experience lead me to develop the Afghan Artists Guild. More information is listed in Appendix A regarding pricing and our guarantee. If you choose to make it yourself. I hired 15 artists to submit a 12” square sample in basic stitch. • • In the fall of 2009. Make a 4” swatch and stitch a few crosses with each of the fibers you intend to use on the chart and felt it. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 8 . request a swatch from them to preview the quality of their work. I plan to repeat this chart with a better quality base. make a swatch and felt it to see how well it will bind together before making the full base piece. The KP Bare has no dye applied to it and is available in sizes from lace weight to bulky. It is easily acquired at many craft stores and available in five colors.
and Linen. 6 strand X 2 = 12 strands) for the best coverage. You should use the brand and type of your preference. Metallic (gold and silver).e. It also comes in several complimentary colors that Icould be used for stitching and borders. I have used DMC brands exclusively for over 20 years mostly due to availability.strand cotton embroidery thread. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 9 . This means you won’t have to be as anxious about purchasing exact quantities in the beginning. texture and sheen. They performed well but appeared to bleed slightly during the felting process. If I am felting it I use a double strand and if not. When the artist in Oregon ran out mid-project. it was easy for her to get more of exactly the same type and color as the one I had sent from the Midwest. Satin (36/60 in range). They offer 454 solid and 18 variegated colors. For the baby blanket projects I chose Bernat Softee Baby because I liked the drape. The also offer Color Variations floss (36 multi colors). I double the floss (i. I use either a single or double strand cotton floss depending on the finish. Light Effects (34). I went a little crazy and bought many booklets of mini-sized patterns on eBay. I refer to that as a double strand cotton. It was available locally at a craft store and the cost was reasonable.THE FUN NEW ART Not To Felt OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH If you do not plan to felt your project. 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). for example with baby yarn I found that a single strand is sufficient. I used the Anchor brand on the samples made for my first class at Village Needlework. Selecting Stitching Fibers 6-strand Cotton Embroidery Floss In the beginning. give extra care to gauge and fiber quality when creating your base to maintain a consistent stitching area. When stitching on a sport weight base. mostly in used condition. When stitching on worsted weight (size 4 yarn) fabric using a 6.
Check availability with your local stitching or embroidery store or ask them to consider carrying it. 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. This product is colorfast. but there are two acrylics that I use most often. I may use the pearl cotton in future projects. Acrylic Yarns I prefer natural yarns in most projects. responds well to felting and is readily available online at Herrschners for $1. consistent in quality. They are Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Baby. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 10 . Locally. I’ve found it at the same site on sale for as low as $0. 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. The acrylic I am most excited about in un-felted cross stitch is fun fur.68 each. There are conversion charts available for matching the colors of a given pattern.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. You only need to use a single strand for full coverage and some colors are available in bulk quantities. This is a nice and inexpensive alternative for substitution on smaller projects. DMC Laine Colbert (LC) Tapestry Wool Tapestry wool is the best product I’ve used to date.7 yd) skein. IA was willing to order this brand for me on request and is considering keeping it in stock. The pattern for the two baby blankets and instructions for the woven cross stitch technique are in Appendix A. 3 & 5. For the blue elephant blanket project I chose to use it exclusively. Size 5 offers an additional 12 variegated colors.09 per 8m (8. 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. The Pearl Cotton is currently available in 292 solid colors and two sizes. This allows me to save shipping costs while supporting a local retailer. Village Needlework in Marion. 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.
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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That allowed me to compare shades to each other. The colors are vibrant. The Knit Picks colors used in the sample are listed below with the corresponding DMC numbers. The final product is an excellent copy of the original. “close” is good enough. I am very satisfied with the result after felting. 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 fibers merged well with each other and when showing the sample. about 75% of viewers chose this as their favorite of the three proving that with this art.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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 12 . Note: The tags on the photos indicate the stitching fiber. I purchased a color card and compared the colors of each family to the recommended DMC cotton before ordering a full skein. I found that the fibers were colorfast as advertised and the piece felted evenly. I went straight to the manufacturer for the conversion chart that provides the equivalent DMC tapestry wool number for each DMC cotton color. I am most pleased with this one and I confirmed that this was the fiber to use on the blue elephant blanket. Of the three samples. A single strand of tapestry wool was equivalent to a double strand of cotton.
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. I took the original section of the pattern and divided it into quadrants. creative way to apply the art and each took less than an hour to stitch. creating four coaster-sized pieces of the same chart. and I added a single row border of full cross stitches to frame them. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 13 .THE FUN NEW ART Sunflower Coasters OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Just for fun and because I had so much stitching material left over.
It was the first project I completed and was stitched entirely out of stash fiber scraps. The border is half stitches.THE FUN NEW ART Stash Fibers OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH One of my favorite projects to date is the Calla Lilly. mostly in the flower. The photo on the right was taken immediately after felting and prior to blocking it. Top: Before Felting The completed project and chart prior to felting. For this project the general consensus is that the serendipitous texture from the blown-out stitches adds dimension and interest. 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. 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. As you can see the edges are uneven and some of the stitches are blown-out. 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. The base was made with Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool in Oatmeal. Blow-out tail and looping Blow-out looping Bottom: After Felting © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 14 . a rough textured variegated acrylic that I had in the bag. That was a result of the wool and chenille combination. Close up of stitching on the leaf and stem. I’ve included photos of more detail below.
The orange sections are stitched but still visible for reference. Most are smaller than a 50 X 50 charting area. 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. Use one color of highlighter to indicate which stitches have been completed. 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. This provides a good visual confirmation of progress and allows you to keep the original pattern intact. are well suited for a coaster. 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. I also use a pen to circle individual stitches if necessary. the yellow stitches are highlighted for colors I was missing and the white parts of the chart are sections I haven't stitched yet. Use multiple colors of highlighter to provide additional focus. Focus on one section of a chart It is very important that you choose the subject and chart before creating the base fabric. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 15 . They are large enough to offer variety to your experience and small enough to complete quickly. 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. I print the page I’m working on at home and highlight it as I work.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. This adjustment will result in a more evenly square finished piece. mouse pad or hot pad and offer a large variety of topics. 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. 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. For our example I’ve used a section of the elephant chart at right with permission.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 16 . 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).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. Using the sample chart on the right you see that the dimension of the original stitching chart (CS) is 15 X 15. The two simplest borders I’ve used are a cross stitch and a crochet border. The basic pattern for this chart in FCS is 17 stitches by 17 rows (15 + 2). Note: Any resemblance to an existing copyrighted pattern is coincidental – this chart was created only as an example for calculating stitch counts. 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. For a cross stitched border add two more stitches and two more rows (19 X 19) to the base pattern of 17. Every project should have an additional single row border because the outside rows are very difficult to stitch evenly.
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.5” x 5.969 times 3 = 11.5” = 30. It’s better to over-calculate until you are comfortable with the technique. You will have to judge each brand and project individually. Example 2: 5. Example 3: 63” X 63” = 3. type. 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.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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 17 .907 yards. For the blue elephant blanket the dimensions of 63” X 63” used 2.750 yards (25 skeins at 110 yards each) of Knit Picks worsted weight Wool of the Andes and a size H hook. tension and size of hook used for the project. Using the calculations above for this fiber indicates much more yarn than was actually needed.25” multiplied by 3 is 90.
since felting changes the characteristics of the fabric. Felting the fabric will even out the strands for the final piece and blocking it allows for some stretching in all directions. usually a 4” square. The sample made with the F hook is more accurate to gauge (square) than the H. 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. Most wool fibers shrink at a nearly even rate and traditional felting is accomplished with a very loose stitch. but the H felted better. The examples at right are stitched with Fisherman’s Wool in Natural and the primary difference are the two sizes of afghan hooks used. the size of the hook and tension applied by the artist. There are multitudes of resources online including video how-to’s. If you want to learn more about the variety of stitches used in the afghan stitch (aka as Tunisian Crochet ) search the internet. There are so many more possibilities with new fibers. Gauge is somewhat difficult to achieve in afghan stitch but it is critical on any piece that you do not plan to felt. better tools and a renewed creativity for the art. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 18 . Practice first until you gain the skills to produce consistent fabric. Maintaining a correct gauge is most important on projects using acrylic or cotton fibers. H and F. 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. less attention to gauge is required. I provide the basic stitch here because that’s all you need to start felted cross stitch. When felting.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. Gauge Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows in a given area. Tension is a direct result of how each artist holds the fiber. The size of a stitch will vary depending on the yarn (fiber).
Step 3: (Working from left to right) Remove loops as follows. (1) YO and draw through one loop (2) YO and draw through 2 loops. Make the first row. (2) Draw up a loop in each CH across (16 loops). To calculate the required size. refer to the earlier section on Planning the Project. Skein of selected fiber. 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 1: Chain (CH) the number of stitches for the width of your base plus 1. 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. For our example I made a sample of 15 stitches x 10 rows. (1) Draw up a loop in the 2nd CH from hook.THE FUN NEW ART The Basic Afghan Stitch. Materials: • • OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Afghan hook or crochet hook (for small projects) in the recommended size for your fiber.
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. step 1). Draw up a loop in the next and each remaining upright bars from row one leaving all loops on hook. (1) YO and draw through one loop (same as in row 1. step 2). (16 loops). *YO draw through 2 loops. steps 1 and 2 until you have stitched all rows required. (2) Draw up a loop in each of the remaining upright bars. (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). Repeat row 2. (2) YO and draw through 2 loops. Row 2 and all other rows: Step 1: (Working from right to left) Skip the first upright bar under the current loop. Continue through 2 loops at a time across leaving 1 loop on the hook (same as in row 1. repeat from * across row*. draw through 1 loop. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 20 .
CH 1. (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 . until one loop is remaining on the hook. This is what the front and back of the fabric will look like when completed. 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. (1) Draw up a loop in the next upright bar. (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. This will also help to keep your orientation as you turn the fabric.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Finishing Row (working right to left): Skip the first upright bar. YO hook and draw through 2 loops (across). (4) Weave in ends. This is the point where the stitching corners connect.
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. that means the base pattern would be 19 stitches by 19 rows or equivalent to the stitched row plus a spacer 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. Crocheted Borders An alternative to a stitched row is a pretty and simple crochet border. skip the outermost row and stitch into the first full row. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 22 . Leave the edges raw (without a decorative crochet edge) in the basic stitch. Choose a complimenting or contrasting yarn color and make one row of full or half stitches on the outside row of the base. I have used the single crochet. At the top and left edge of the fabric. a simple shell stitch and the leaf stitch on several projects. pinned at the top left corner of the fabric and ready to add a decorative crochet border. For our example from page 16. This sample is 15 stitches by 10 rows. 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.
insert hook in ST or SP indicated. Join at beginning with SL. Join at beginning with SL. Break yarn and weave in ends. SC in next SC repeat from * across to last SC from corner. turn. YO and draw through both loops on hook. 2 SC in next SC. YO and draw through both the ST and loop (LP) on hook. in corner stitch SC. Row 3 (Wrong side): Turn fabric. 3 DC in next SC. At each corner 2 SC. Slip Stitch (SL) To work a slip stitch. Break yarn and weave in ends. Skip next 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. continue from * across to next corner until you are back to the first DC. Break yarn: Pull 3-4” of yarn through and cut in center. Scallop Stitch Row 1: (SC edge) Row 2: (Right side): *skip next SC. 2 SC in next SC. skip next SC. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 23 . 3 dc. skip first SC. SL into 1st CH of DC. Repeat row 2 for pattern as many time as desired. repeat from * around. Leaf Stitch Row 1: (SC edge) Row 2 (Right side): CH1. 2 SC. SC Edge around border Row 1: SL into edge of fabric at the center of one side and SC evenly around the border edges. CH1. *skip next SC.
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. Dropped Row (right) The picture on the right shows a dropped row. Knots Knots on the front of the fabric interrupt the stitching consistency. Dropped and Skipped Stitches There is a skipped stitch at the center of the two stitched squares on the left. For the Calla Lily project this added texture to the final piece and I may choose to use it intentionally with a future project. Here are a few samples of work I consider flawed. This shows that skipping a single stitch results in an inconsistent stitching area for four squares. 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. Correct stitching area is critical in this instance. See how the single stitch crosses over 2 rows. Blow-Out (right) Blow-out is what happens when the base and stitching fibers felt at drastically different rates. When reviewing the sample 12” squares artists were evaluated based on the quality of their work among other criteria. Like the decrease stitches above the correct action would have been to tear out the five rows and crochet them back correctly. Notice how the wool shrank tightly around the chenille. Decreases. See how it appears to be concave? The artist dropped a stitch. continued for five rows and then added a stitch when she discovered the error. All knots should be eliminated (cut) and the two ends crocheted together for 3-5 stitches. In this example the chenille was squeezed out between the wool during the felting process . The image at left shows a decrease stitch. This is a close-up picture of what the fibers look like after felting. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 24 . The correct way to fix this is to rip it out down to the error and complete the other rows correctly.
Most patterns have a darker line every 8-10-12 or 20 stitches creating even blocks of stitching. 2. Use a contrasting thread and weave it into place on the fabric in sections corresponding to your chart. Fold the fabric in half at the width. The second option is to outline each page of the chart instead of smaller sections.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. This is also recommended in felted cross stitch. You can add a stitch grid described below or begin stitching your chart depending on the size of the project and personal preference. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 25 . then fold it in half again by the height. Find the Center 1. primarily to center your picture on the fabric. The stitch grid should reflect the chart lines. The Stitching Grid A stitching grid can be helpful on larger projects. keeping the edges even. Be careful to note where the center of the chart is and adjust your grid accordingly. Mark the center stitch (red thread) found between the two folds and open the fabric back up to start. Complete the first page of your chart and identify the edges of the charted pattern with a contrasting color woven onto the base. This type gives you an easy reference to the edges of each charted page.
Uses a sewing motion (top to top) instead of a stitching motion (top to bottom to top. Felting will further secure them into the base.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Rules of Thumb . Felted Cross Stitch: • • • • Does not use a hoop or frame. this one is 24” by 36”. Tension: Keep the stitches loose to prevent it from constricting the base fabric. etc. The basic fabric is composed of four stands of fiber that cross over each other at the center of each stitch. Draw 1” squares on a corkboard with a permanent marker. Is worked primarily from the front (right) side of the fabric. Weave in ends when starting and stopping a color. Do not knot the ends of yarn.). Work in small sections. The grid will provide a simple guide when pinning your felted pieces. Cover it with clear shelf paper to resist absorbing the moisture from projects. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 26 . it’s better to change colors frequently. Weave the ends between these strands to hide them. Blocking This is a picture of multiple projects being blocked with a corkboard and t-pins.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. Ends are woven into the front (not the back) side of the fabric.
I prefer the former but use both methods depending on the space worked and number of stitches to be completed. then work left to right 14/15. Step 1: Anchor the floss under 3-4 upright bars (left to right) in the area you want to start stitching. 6/7. The first is to stitch the bottom half of multiple stitches. To demonstrate the differences in horizontal and vertical stitching in this sample I am not following a chart. The intersections are equivalent to the traditional holes in Aida cloth.THE FUN NEW ART Stitching Progression: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH There are two ways to complete a section of stitches. etc. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 27 . The next stitch is 4/5. 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. reverse direction and stitch the top half of the same set. The second is by making the full cross of each stitch individually. Step 2: Position the needle to secure the tail under several strands of the base fabric and bring it up at (1). Top Stitches: Reverse direction for the top half stitch. 16/17.. Insert the needle at (12) where the last bottom stitch ends and expose it at (13) to start the first top stitch. The needle is stopped just before the first stitch. 18/19 to 24. I prefer working from the top right to the bottom left side of the group of stitches. The bottom stitches will be completed from the right to the left. Horizontal Stitching Now that you have a completed base fabric you can begin stitching your chart. From (11) work left to right with the top stitches. With either method be diligent in keeping your top and bottom stitches at the same angle with each other consistently.
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Step 3: The first stitch was made between space (2-3). 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. 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. 6-7. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 28 . Step 5: The top half of stitches (12-13) and (14-15) are now complete. Step 7: To do that. Start a new strand. In order to correct the first stitch work one stitch in reverse from (2) to (1). etc. Complete the top half of the stitches of this horizontal row. Step 9: The stitch ends are nearly Invisible. Step 8: Normally I would finish the top stitches like the first row but this strand is used up. to 11). It is ready to continue in the same pattern as the first row. moving across in the order of (4-5. the needle rests at (16-17) and is moving to the right. Step 4: (11) Change direction. the stitch was completed and the needle now rests between (1) and (3). The stitches are now working from left to right. 9-10) and stop at (11). The bottom half of this row is nearly completed and the needle is resting at space (12-13) ready to start the top stitches. Weave the end under four stitches and break yarn close to the base.
starting at space (1) of this row to space (1) of the row under it. The needle is exposed at (1) on the top row and is ready for the bottom half of the first vertical stitch. The needle is now ready for stitching between (3-1). Step 1: Anchor the floss under 3-4 base fibers vertically.THE FUN NEW ART Vertical Stitching OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Stitching vertically is more difficult to keep even. since the stitches move back and forth across the weave of the fabric. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 29 . I only use this method for small numbers of stitches. Step 2: Notice how the end is nearly invisible already. Vertical: Stitching up and down instead of right and left. Step 3: The first stitch is made from (2-3) on the row below this stitch. Starting the first vertical stitch. We are working down the right side of the fabric. Step 4: The second half stitch will be made on the row below the last stitch. This method is preferable to the horizontal method because it gets better coverage.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 30 . Step 7: Changing the direction of stitching and moving from a vertical stitching pattern to a horizontal stitching pattern.) down to the end of that section. The needle rests on the last space (1-3) in preparation to change direction and complete the top half stitches. Weave the end in. 3-3. etc) until all bottom stitches are covered by a top stitch.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Step 5: Work the bottom half of all stitches (1-1. This is what the back of the stitched fabric will look like. etc. 3-3. Step 6: The top half of the stitch is completed by moving back up the row (1-1. The needle is resting at position (3/4) to start the horizontal row. 1-1. 1-1. Step 8: The horizontal row is finished. 3-3. The next stitch is (3) to (5) and then continues in a horizontal pattern (right to left) as demonstrated earlier. Notice how the fabric has begun to lay flat as stitches are added.
Horizontal Weaving 2. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 31 . Materials: • • • Handmade Felted Cross Stitch Fabric base Stitching fiber i.e. This photo shows the needle resting at the last top half stitch of row one.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. Complete a row of cross stitches as you do normally. floss or yarn Metal embroidery needle Instructions: This technique shows best on sections that have at least five (5) stitches and three (3) rows. Make an anchor stitch by going under one strand of base fabric near the first woven stitch. 1.
Pull the floss through only as far as needed to remove the excess.. Pull through only as far as necessary to remove 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. 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. 5. Pull floss through only as far as needed to remove slack from the yarn. Working left to right. weave the current color under each top half of the bottom half stitch across all stitches as shown. 4. Pull the end through only as far as needed to remove the slack from the yarn. Vertical Weaving 6. Work the next row(s) of stitches using steps 1-5.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 3. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 32 . weave the current color under each bottom half of the bottom half stitch across as shown. Working right to left.
The gray and white areas sparkle as a result. 9. 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. 8. For contrast I added a rust strand in the woven technique. The anchor stitch for this row is made by crossing under one strand of the base fabric. Break yarn. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 33 . 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 photo on the right is a sample of the woven technique used on the snowman pattern in Kim’s Scarf found in Appendix A. Work across all columns. Place the needle under the center of each crossed stitch in the next column. pull the floss through only as far as needed to remove the excess. Weave in ends.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 7.
I chose this chart for the vibrant colors and large blue background. (Lefties reverse directions) The Blue Elephant Blanket Project The blue elephant blanket project is my most ambitious to date. progress. Keep your floss. The background stitching has been replaced with a solid base fabric color which eliminates approximately half of the stitching required on the pattern. The photo at right shows my progress as of the date of this publication. The color graphic is reprinted with permission . update photos and a show schedule are posted on the blog at: blueelephantstitchalong. I expect it to felt to a final dimension of 56” X 56”.750 yards) and a little over 40 hours to create.com. There are 130 stitching colors in the chart . scissors and chart on the right. The full size is 63” X 63” prior to felting. preferably resting on a surface next to the work area. The base is made from Knit Picks Wool of The Andes. I was inspired by the art of The Beaded Bird.wordpress. I chose to use the DMC Laine Colbert Tapestry Wool due to the accurate color conversion from the DMC Cottons. Instructions.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 . Rest the weight of the unused fabric on your lower arm and grip the fabric at the left of the active area. It required 25 skeins (2. 100% Peruvian Highland Wool in Sapphire Heather #23899. Follow my progress or make one for yourself.
Combine multiple pieces in one wash to conserve energy. 5. Front load washers don’t provide enough agitation to felt a project well. Take each item out of the pillow case and lay it flat or use a ruler to judge how the process is going. Place it in a zippered pillowcase to keep loose fibers from clogging up the drainage system of the washer and your plumbing. 6. Use an agitating washer. put a pair of jeans in the washer with your felted items for additional agitation. This is optional and you should consider the colorfastness of the fibers used in the project when deciding. Remember the water is HOT and use a stick or tongs to retrieve items from the tub when checking them. Time your felting to coincide with projects your friends are working on and do it together. Remove each piece and pin it to a blocking board to dry for 24 hours. Turn the washer to it’s hottest setting and start the longest cycle available for that machine. 3. at least 15-20 mintes. 35. allow the washer to finish the cycle. 20. Stop when you are satisfied with the size. Use a timer and check your progress at 15. OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 2. 25. 40 and 45 minutes. The sample on the left is the red heart sample piece that has not been felted yet. For small projects. Finish the piece(s) you want to felt. Felting Tips and Cautions • • • • Plan a felting party. The dark fibers indicate flaws in the base piece and were removed before felting. 1.THE FUN NEW ART Simple Felting Instructions Felting is fun and simple. The sample on the right is the same piece after felting. When the pieces have shrunk to the size you want them. 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. • • © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 35 . Add a small amount of detergent to remove oils from handling the item. 4. 30.
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Appendix A © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 36 .
yellow and white). 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. Knit Picks Bare worsted weight (additional 1 week delivery) Knit Picks Bare is a dye free 100% Peruvian wool. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 37 . Birch Tweed and Maple Tweed. When ordering multiples of one size (4x4. Punch Fun (variegated orange. Lemon. Tangerine. Brown Heather. green and white). Pale Blue. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular project and fiber desires.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. This fiber is being tested and is currently available only as a custom order for felted cross stitch fabric (tm). etc. Caron Simply Soft (pending) Caron Simply Soft is a DK  weight acrylic yarn that is available in many colors. yellow. green. Soft Peach and Baby Baby (variegated pink. We are the premier supplier of felted cross stitch fabric (tm) to the crafting community. It is available in weights from lace to bulky. Pastel Pink. Mint. Natural (cream). blue. Tangerine. 100% Pure virgin wool containing natural oils. Oak Tweed. Feltable—100% Wool Fisherman’s Wool Fisherman’s Wool is a worsted weight . A small percentage of the cost contributes to the administrative expenses of the Afghan Artists Guild and Gypsy In The Castle. Aqua. Felted cross stitch fabric (tm) is currently available in the following standard fibers and dimensions. Fresh Green. Not Feltable—Acrylics Bernat Softee Baby Bernat Softee Baby is an acrylic weight  baby yarn available in 13 colors White. pink. green and white). Custom orders are available using other fibers at a premium fee. The six (6) colors available are Oatmeal (gray). Every piece ordered is hand made to order and some variation in the final piece is expected.) the same artist will make all pieces to guarantee consistency. 6x6. Summer Ombre (variegated pink. Prices below are quoted for worsted weight and other weights will be added as time and development allow. Nature’s Brown.
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IA.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. Blue Color Description Sample panel – 10” X 8” . The base was made using Fisherman’s Wool in Oatmeal with a size F hook.Hot Pad or Mouse Pad The first panel is the full chart in felted cross stitch. April 16. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 40 . 48 stitches by 48 rows. 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. 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. 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. This is one of 12 charts in the series. This is the actual pattern we will be using in class at Village Needlework. 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. The pattern is Blessed are the Piece/Peace Makers Quilt—Square #4 by Eileen Gurak Needlework Design. 2011. Suggested modification: Use your school colors to make a multi-panel quilt like afghan. The felted cross stitch samples substituted the 6-strand floss for equivalent wools.
18” afghan hook Size 13 embroidery needle Stitching yarn for swan: White Fun Fur (12. LLC: Blocking Block the blanket by washing in warm water. Chain 234 stitches. Using the instructions for the scallop stitch on page 23 crochet a scallop border into the SC row around the blanket. 6. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 41 .5 10 1 12 13 Swan chart © 2010 Gypsy In The Castle. specify swan baby blanket and yarn color in order details.black w b o White fun fiur Black sport weight wool Orange sport or sock weight wool Quantity in Yds 12. 5. 4. ? 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 . Stitch the swan chart onto one (or more) corners of the blanket. orange DK weight cotton or floss (1 yd) Instructions: 1. weave in ends. Add a decorative border: SC around the edges of the base fabric. black DK weight wool (3 yards).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. 2.5 yards). Afghan Artists Guild base priced as 36” x 36”. Use a large tooth comb to “comb” out the fur from the stitching creating a two dimensional accent that is soft to touch. gentle cycle with a mild detergent to remove oils from your hands and lay flat to dry. Using the instructions for basic afghan stitch provided on page 19 make 180 rows. Break yarn. 3.
weave in ends. This pattern is for panels 1-9 (make 9) 4.5” wide X 7” tall panels stitched together. 3. red. 2. brown. 12”-18” afghan hook Size 13 embroidery needle DMC 6-strand cotton floss (double strand) in colors indicated by the charts. dark purple. Use this chart to arrange the completed squares and baste stitch them together loosely before combining them. This blanket is made in the more traditional manner using (9) 7. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 42 . blue. Fun Fur in light purple. Using the instructions for basic afghan stitch provided on page 19 make 34 rows.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. 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. The original blanket was assembled with the following individual squares. Instructions for each panel: 1. variegated gray and variegated gold/yellow. 6. Use a single crochet to stitch all 9 pieces together. Remove the baste stitches as you progress. 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. Break yarn. Chain 41.
You will receive Nine (9) 7. The Scotty dog and pig are found in A Little Bit Country. Use the charts provided in multiple colors. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 43 . Mini Series #10 by Terrie Lee Steinmeyer © 1987 and variations on recommended color is listed on page 46. Afghan Artists Guild base priced as 24” x 24”. specify Fuzzy Animal Layette base and color of fiber in order details. Use the instructions on page 23 to crochet a shell stitch border into the SC row around the blanket. The butterfly is found in Very Victorian. The bow tie was completed in variegated cotton baby yarn in woven cross stitch style. Mini Series #16 © 1987. pig and Scottie dog. Add a decorative border: SC around the edges of the base fabric. Regarding charts I have included charts I created for the balloons and pony.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 7. Published by Leisure Arts. published by Leisure Arts. I am unauthorized to publish the charts for the butterflies. choose a mini chart pattern booklet from a local craft store or purchase a copy of the referenced chart to complete this project.5” x 7” panels. Follow the recommended color scheme or have fun substituting colors with your own stash yarn.
THE FUN NEW ART Fun Fur Pony OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Use a single strand of brown Fun Fur stitch the pony chart. 100% Mercerized Cotton in Lavender (variegated) using the woven cross stitch technique. Backstitching was completed in a single strand of black DMC cotton floss. 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. Optional: Backstitch an outline to add more definition. ? 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. I used a single strand sport weight black wool to make small hooves in half stitches for detail. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 44 .
LLC © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 45 . 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.THE FUN NEW ART Balloon Bouquet OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH The Fun Fur balloons bouquet is whimsical and fun. blue.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. 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 . The balloon strings are stitched with narrow gold and black ladder yarn using a knot to “tie” it to the bottom of each balloon. gold and purple.
Artists and parents are expected to use their best judgment when giving this item to an infant or toddler. This is an extremely versatile quilt.com and I’ll post it with your name to the blog to share with other stitchers. Tips on using Fun Fur: • Stitch with the grain to minimize shedding. Comb gently so you don’t rip the stitches out. If you stitch against the grain you will get a lap full of small pieces of strings. Lay flat to dry. The grain side is the one where the fibers are dropping straight down. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved • 46 . Caution: Fun Fur has a tendency to “shed” small fibers. Blocking Block the blanket by washing in cold water. On one side the fur drops straight down (grain) and on the other side the fibers curve up first. Use a large tooth comb to “comb” out the fur from the stitching to make a soft to touch animal. gentle cycle with a mild detergent to remove oils from your hands. Email a photo of your completed blanket to gypsyinthecastle@gmail. Comb it out. I started playing with the Fun Fur and the blanket was charted to include all of the animals. then creativity took over. Hold a piece of Fun Fur in the center letting it hang on two sides of your finger.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. You want the end of this half of the fiber to be closest to your stitches to eliminate some shedding.
50% Acrylic. 40% Wool. 217 yards. cross stitch and woven cross stitch skills Materials: • 1 skein Berroco. Medium . afghan stitch. Snowmen and snowflakes are two of her favorite things and I was happy to incorporate them into this light winter scarf. • • © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 47 . This scarf uses crochet. 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. Vintage Wool in Cast Iron. Make the base: • • • Add the border • CH 21 Using the basic afghan stitch make 100 rows (48”) Break yarn. weave in ends.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. 10% Nylon Size F. weave in ends Add a SC around the edges of the finished piece SL into first SC Break yarn.
The Snowman Colors: w .brown Backstitching Black Satin Floss Red S321 310 DMC 000 168 842 841 Stitch the chart. Weave all ends into the base fibers. 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. Stitch the full cross stitches and use the woven technique whenever possible on the chart. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 48 .gray t . 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.white g .tan b .THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Stitch the snowflake and snowman onto each end of the scarf using these charts.
3 skeins Size H. Wikipedia (i. The Pattern: This veterans lap blanket is made using the basic afghan stitch. In other countries and places. This is a U. but there is no penalty for failure to comply with it and it is not widely enforced — indeed." "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. 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. jurisdiction. My Deepest Gratitude and We Love You" Before making this item please be aware of the Flag Code of the United States. the U.S. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved (B) White Stripes – (Color 100 White). 4 ply). 3 skeins Lion Brand Cotton Ease (D) White Stars – (Color White. would override Supreme Court rulings on this matter. (A Flag Desecration Amendment has been proposed from time to time and. This is my way of saying to veterans "Welcome Home." I strongly recommend it only be made to honor a veteran with the recipients permission. cross stitch and basic crochet.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Veterans Lap Blanket This blanket is the first project I completed in afghan stitch.S. if ever passed into law. Anyone who is willing to fight under and die for what it represents. Size: 31” X 25” Materials: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (A) Blue Field – (Color 107 Sapphire). federal law. should be allowed to be warmed by it in life. Supreme Court has ruled that punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. It is Section 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U. 1 skein (C) Red Strips – (Color 113 Scarlet). local etiquette applies.) This etiquette is as applied within U. § 1 et seq).e. 24” afghan hook Small metal embroidery needle 49 .C.S.S. "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. 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.
(127 ST on hook) Step 3: (working left to right. (125 sts) Repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete one (1) row of basic afghan stitch. 7 times. repeat * to * for 41 stitches.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. do not turn): With (C) YO and draw through one loop on hook. The blue field and first red stripe: Foundation row. The blue field and first white stripe: Rows 7-12 using (B) in place of (C). Alternate between (B) and (C) for 7 stripes ending with (C). repeat * to * till end (83 ST). pick up (A) and chain 42 more (total 126 chains). Work rows 3-6: Repeat steps 2 and 3 of the foundation row 4 more times.. “YO and draw through two loops on hook”. Rows 13-18 (C) Rows 31-36 (B) Rows 19-24 (B) Rows 37-42 (C) Rows 25-30 (C) Break yarn. Repeat steps 2 and 3. Step 2 (working right to left): With (A) Insert hook into 2nd upright bar. Full stripes © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 50 . End of blue field and corresponding stripes. weave in ends. Pick up (A) repeat from * to * until only one loop remains. Change to (C). YO and draw up a loop *YO and draw up a loop next upright bar*. repeat * to* 83 sts. with (C) chain 84. step 1: Use the size H afghan hook.
Break yarn. Row 4: Reverse direction now moving counter-clockwise around the border. Join with SL at first SC. Rows 43-48 (B) Rows 61-66 (C) Break yarn. SC in same SC. Change to (B) and repeat leaf stitch.THE FUN NEW ART All rows are now one color: Repeat Steps 2 and 3. CH1. CH 1. Crochet one row in SC around entire parameter of blanket. SK1 Row 2: Continue with (C) around the border in a counter-clockwise direction using instruction for leaf stitch. 42” strands of Cotton Ease (4 ply yarn) © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 51 . 2 SC in same ST Bottom: 287 ST Top: 286 ST Right side: 221 ST Left side: 221 ST Leaf Stitch CH 1. *2 SC in next SC*. weave in ends. turn corner. Row 3: Reverse direction now moving clockwise around the border. At each corner: 2 SC in last CH. repeat * to * to the corner. Weave in all ends. Join with SL in first CH. SK 1 SC. Change to (A) and repeat leaf stitch. Make stars: Cut 50. 7 times for each color. 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.
On the first and all odd rows place the star in the square. DC into next CH. stitch one star into each corresponding space on the blue field using the 12” tail of each star. To help place the stars weave a contrasting color yarn to the blue field at even spaces. Instructions: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Leaving a 12” tail. SC in next CH. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 52 . SL into first CH from hook. Optional: To recognize the veteran’s or artists state.THE FUN NEW ART Using the size 7 crochet hook. Row 1 and all odd rows: 1 star in each of 6 spaces. join with SL in third CH from hook. On the second and all even rows place the stars over the dividing yarn. Repeat rows 1 and 2. 4 times more and row 1 again. make a slip knot and CH 3. Make 50 Stitch the stars to the blue field: Using the chart at the right. Tip: Create a grid for placing stars on the blue field. crochet in one strand of Sulky metallic gold thread to the corresponding state star. *CH 4. SL into center of ch 3* Repeat * to * 4 more times pulling end of yarn through. Row 2 and all even rows: 1 star on each of 5 spaces.
Work as if working a cross stitch pattern-see additional diagram. 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. The numbers between each letter indicate the number of spaces (columns) left unstitched. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 53 .THE FUN NEW ART VETERAN stitching chart: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Using the chart below. Eliminate the star field or make a solid blanket and sprinkle the stars around the VETERAN lettering. cross stitch the VETERAN lettering onto the 10th and 11th strips in R (red) and W (white).
Print out business card sized papers with the DMC and Wool fiber numbers and symbol on it (example below). © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 54 . 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. Count the number of colors needed in your chart. • • • 1-5 skeins = snack bag 5-10 skeins = sandwich sized bag > 10 skeins = quart sized bag (keep extra in a separate area) 2. The blue elephant blanket used over 130 colors and 300 skeins of tapestry wool. 3. 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 . Use the following list as a guide for how large a zip bag you will need for each color. Connect a 24” zip tie to itself as loose as possible – you can tighten it later. 2. I included the color description and number of skeins needed to complete the project. I would choose a quart bag for this color and punch a hole in one corner.THE FUN NEW ART How To Make A Fiber Organizer Materials: • • Hole punch OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Zipper baggies in snack.md Quantity: Wool Color: 7897 Description: peacock blue . Color 1 in our example is DMC 799 and has 15 skeins 4.dk Step by Step Instructions: 1. Calculate the number of skeins of each color you are purchasing.
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. 9. Write the alternative color number on your chart or thread holder cards for easier reference. The baggies hang on the longer zip tie in order of DMC #. Note: You could also split the fiber up into both bags.THE FUN NEW ART 5. clean and easily transported wherever you go! © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 55 . 7. 8. For DMC colors that share a wool color like 806 & 3766 make two color cards and two baggies. Put a 4” zip tie through the punched hole and connect it in a loop around the 24” zip tie. Cut out the color card and put it in the bag. Put the skeins of 7798 tapestry wool in the bag. This is a frugal system for managing all of the stitching colors to keep them organized. OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 6.
The yellow highlight indicates colors I’ve run out of and need to order. gluing them to each other 5. Fold it in half lengthwise 3. This is quicker than putting them back in the bags every time you change colors. When the project is complete. Fold the backs together. 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. Place it facedown and spray the glue on the back 4. 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. Print or copy your color chart onto a full sheet of paper 2. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 56 . return the ends to each baggie for the next project and throw the color card in the recycle bin.THE FUN NEW ART Simple Thread Holder Cards Materials: • • • OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 8. Staple multiple sheets together at the spine 6.5 X 11” copy paper Printer or copier Spray Glue Instructions: 1.
(3) Stitch colors 1-5 and begin 1st petal on left (yellow). (2) Stitch the first two colors working from the center of the fabric. The versatility in flosses demonstrates the many possibilities for this craft. This project accompanies me to shows and was a very rewarding project to complete. Stitching Progression (1) Locate the center of the work and mark it with a pin or thread. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 57 .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.
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH (4) Petals 1-6 are now stitched. (5) And more petals (6) Adding Leaves (7) Backstitching is complete The last sample was felted before this photo was taken. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 58 .
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 .
fibers. Forever Design Cherie White Etsy ID: Forever Design www.com/shop/conniemariepfost Connie and Cherie are two artists who have been my partners and confidante’s through this process.com/shop/foreverdesign Cherie and Connie 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. Both are charter members of the Afghan Artists Guild Connie’s Crochet Connie Pfost Etsy ID: conniemariepfost http://www. This is a list of sources for patterns. Supporters The Beaded Bird eBay store Link: http://stores. Patterns. supporters and materials used in the completion of this book. try wool to their stock so it is now available locally. Marion Iowa Joan Ackerman 1123 7th Avenue Marion.ebay.THE FUN NEW ART Resources OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Fiber. Both are charter members of the Afghan Artists Guild © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 61 .etsy. 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.etsy.com/The-Beaded-Bird Village Needlework. IA 52302 (319) 362-3271 * joan@villageneedlework.
Sunflower Study with Blue and White. 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. A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village. DMC Needlework Threads Color Card. Basic instruction for cross stitch was referenced using First Steps in Counted Cross Stitch. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 62 . copyright 2008. 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. This reference did not include the linen line. basic instructions plus over 15 charted designs by Rita Weiss Crochet abbreviations for base patterns were referenced to Beginner’s Guide. I determined that the most popular floss manufacturers are DMC and Anchor/Bates.com Dafni’s Creations Dimensions Dover Needlework Jeanette Crew Designs – One Nighters Kappie Originals Leisure Arts Lollipop Designs Lucky Duck Designs Mats Etc. 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. Page 15. Reference for the numbers of colors and types currently available in DMC 6-strand flooss. Cross Stitch Designers Alma Meter Mice Banar Designs Bucilla Crazy for Cross Stitch. book number 3630 by Linda Gillum called Sunflowers Sunflowers Sunflowers. Book No 211.
dmc-usa.com © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 63 .twistedsistersknitting. Mini Series Booklets Needlework Mini Booklets One Nighters Leisure Arts American School of Needlework Jeannette Crew Designs.universalyarn.yarnmarket.thealpacayarnco.jeanettecrews.soysilk. South West Trading Company The Alpaca Yarn Company Twisted Sisters Universal Yarn Company Yarnmarket LLC OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH www.dmc-usa.com www.com www.com www. Inc.knitpicks.berroco.com www. Check listings on eBay or Google Check listings on eBay or Google http://www.com www.lionbrand.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 Conversion Charts DMC Needlepointers www.com www.com www.com www.com www.com www. Misti International Plymouth Yarn Co.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.needlepointers.com www.com www.decadentfibers.plymouthyarn.com www.com www.fiberwild.uniquekolours.hand-dyedfibers.123stitch.com www.com www.mistialpaca.herrschners.
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. Place an order at one of our shops: The Afghan Artists Guild at http://www. LLC Deveri Johnson. LLC at http://www. Creative Director Email: email@example.com/people/GypsyInTheCastle © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 64 .etsy.etsy.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Additional Web Sites for Fiber and Artists Handblessings Ravelry www.com www. For more information: Gypsy In The Castle.handblessings.com/people/AfghanArtistsGuild OR Gypsy In The Castle.com To order Felted Cross Stitch Fabric on Etsy. Send photos and share ideas at the email address below.ravelry.