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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
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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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Leaflet 57.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. I recognized the potential for application in cross stitch immediately by the even stitching field produced by this stitch. brought in an afghan she made and allowed me to examine it to see the construction and stitching. As a result most projects were stitched in panels or squares and sewn together. creates a fabric much like the Aida cloth mentioned [ ]”. The other limitation was available hook sizes. Book No 211. Using craft skills developed over a lifetime and with a thirst for making old things new. In late 2009 I inherited a beautiful American Flag blanket from a friend’s mother’s estate made in a stitch unknown to me. were between a size F and H and held only 72 to 96 stitches. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved . I found another reference to the afghan stitch in a cross stitch chart booklet Leisure Arts. Today hooks are available with longer tails and in a wide range of sizes and types including metal. The Basic Stitch The afghan stitch is also known as Tunisian crochet. The following week. Dorothy. In the same time frame another member. Traditionally projects were stitched with yarns of the same brand used for the base. The result was a limited color and texture selection. 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. copyright 1975 “[ ]a form of crochet done with a long hook. I began experimenting by reproducing the fabric. I took it to a CR Knits group gathering to find out what it was and if anyone knew how to create it. 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. one of the women in the group presented me with a copy of American Afghans by Bernat. Combined with the extensive color and fiber selections of today artists have a much larger choice of applications. limiting the design opportunities. Susan. copyright 1974. A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village. wood and bamboo. Most ranged from between 12 to 18 inches long. This manual is based primarily on the basic stitch. Charted Alphabets and Borders Volume Two.
The two dominant companies are DMC and Anchor (aka Susan Bates or Bates). Conversion charts are available on the internet and resources are listed in appendix B. are the least expensive to acquire and will be used predominantly throughout the book.THE FUN NEW ART Cross Stitch OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Cross stitch is possibly the most popular needle art today. making it cost effective and fun to start stitching. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 5 . The fibers contract like the Wicked Witch of the East and usually link together into a lovely final piece of artwork. It is now available in silk and silk blends. DMC color numbers are consistently listed in the majority of patterns reviewed. Cross stitch fiber has expanded to more than 500 colors for standard 6-strand cotton floss and wool flosses number over 300. metallic. 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. agitating water. 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. Felting is fun to experiment with prior to completing anything dear to your heart. 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. variegated color and linens.
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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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Base Fibers – To Felt or Not To Felt? The label “felted cross stitch” implies that you will felt everything.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. color and texture and you will probably find that you do too. but several of my projects were made with an acrylic base fiber and cotton floss for stitching. bamboo and rosewood. Every day I have new ideas about patterns. weaving and spinning which also takes into account raw materials like roving (wool that has not been spun). 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. Hooks and Needles Afghan hooks come in a variety of sizes. I use both terms interchangeably. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 7 . styles and colors. I recommend size 13 for most projects and they are available through a number of distributors including DMC and Boye. “Yarn” is the most common description used when talking about crocheting and “fiber” is most often used when talking about knitting. Metal embroidery needles are available in several sizes. Let your imagination run with this. Fiber Versus Yarn Choosing the stitching materials is one of the most exciting parts of the process. Depending on the project you simply eliminate the last step of felting. plastic needles snag the base fibers making consistent stitching more difficult. I use blunt metal needles exclusively in stitching for one reason. The range of stitching fibers and your personal stash yarns will guarantee that no two projects are alike. 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. Throughout this process I have worked with standard metal afghan hooks or metal with plastic tails. The selection continues to increase with the increasing popularity of the afghan stitch.
The results ranged from 8. I plan to repeat this chart with a better quality base. The KP Bare has no dye applied to it and is available in sizes from lace weight to bulky. For those who don’t crochet. If you have a favorite wool brand. Note the gaps in the stitching and loose stitches surrounding the charted area. If you choose to hire independent artists to create your base fabric. This photo is taken after felting. request a swatch from them to preview the quality of their work. we will provide the base fabric within the accurate parameters for you. This experience lead me to develop the Afghan Artists Guild. • • In the fall of 2009.5” 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. Each of these products have performed equally well in testing. Locally a skein of 465 yards costs $9. More information is listed in Appendix A regarding pricing and our guarantee. you can estimate how long it might take to felt your final project. Using the swatch and a timer. The brown bear on the left was made with one of the commissioned samples. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 8 . It is easily acquired at many craft stores and available in five colors. Make a 4” swatch and stitch a few crosses with each of the fibers you intend to use on the chart and felt it. a co-op of artists who have been screened for standards such as consistency. My second choice is Knit Picks “Bare” Peruvian Wool. make a swatch and felt it to see how well it will bind together before making the full base piece. I hired 15 artists to submit a 12” square sample in basic stitch.THE FUN NEW ART To Felt OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH If you plan to felt your finished work. using a size H hook and natural color worsted weight 100% wool with a gauge of 6-8 stitches/rows per inch.99. performance and an understanding of your needs. communication and performance. Felting instructions are on page 26. 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. • My first choice is Lion brand Fisherman’s Wool. All manufacturers products will react differently and some wools are not suited for felting. gauge. If you choose to make it yourself. Check the final product for shrinkage in both directions and color fastness. They are serious individuals who maintain personal businesses based in the crafts industry and are available through the guild to make your base fabric. test it before making a full project base. I recommend you use one of the following for your first project. My third choice is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (KPWofA). This base was made with a poor quality wool blend that failed to perform.
The also offer Color Variations floss (36 multi colors). They performed well but appeared to bleed slightly during the felting process. Light Effects (34). It also comes in several complimentary colors that Icould be used for stitching and borders. and Linen. 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). I double the floss (i. give extra care to gauge and fiber quality when creating your base to maintain a consistent stitching area. I used the Anchor brand on the samples made for my first class at Village Needlework. It was available locally at a craft store and the cost was reasonable. I have used DMC brands exclusively for over 20 years mostly due to availability. When stitching on a sport weight base. When stitching on worsted weight (size 4 yarn) fabric using a 6. This means you won’t have to be as anxious about purchasing exact quantities in the beginning. mostly in used condition. Selecting Stitching Fibers 6-strand Cotton Embroidery Floss In the beginning.e. If I am felting it I use a double strand and if not. texture and sheen. When the artist in Oregon ran out mid-project. I refer to that as a double strand cotton. You should use the brand and type of your preference. Satin (36/60 in range). I went a little crazy and bought many booklets of mini-sized patterns on eBay. for example with baby yarn I found that a single strand is sufficient.strand cotton embroidery thread. For the baby blanket projects I chose Bernat Softee Baby because I liked the drape. Metallic (gold and silver). They offer 454 solid and 18 variegated colors.THE FUN NEW ART Not To Felt OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH If you do not plan to felt your project. 6 strand X 2 = 12 strands) for the best coverage. I use either a single or double strand cotton floss depending on the finish. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 9 . it was easy for her to get more of exactly the same type and color as the one I had sent from the Midwest.
consistent in quality. For the blue elephant blanket project I chose to use it exclusively. You only need to use a single strand for full coverage and some colors are available in bulk quantities. I may use the pearl cotton in future projects.68 each. 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. IA was willing to order this brand for me on request and is considering keeping it in stock. They are readily available in this area and satisfactory in quality. This product is colorfast.7 yd) skein. 3 & 5. Village Needlework in Marion. This is a nice and inexpensive alternative for substitution on smaller projects. Size 5 offers an additional 12 variegated colors. They are Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Baby. 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 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. There are conversion charts available for matching the colors of a given pattern. but there are two acrylics that I use most often. This allows me to save shipping costs while supporting a local retailer. The acrylic I am most excited about in un-felted cross stitch is fun fur. 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.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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 10 . DMC Laine Colbert (LC) Tapestry Wool Tapestry wool is the best product I’ve used to date. Acrylic Yarns I prefer natural yarns in most projects.09 per 8m (8. I’ve found it at the same site on sale for as low as $0. The Pearl Cotton is currently available in 292 solid colors and two sizes. Locally. The pattern for the two baby blankets and instructions for the woven cross stitch technique are in Appendix A. responds well to felting and is readily available online at Herrschners for $1. Check availability with your local stitching or embroidery store or ask them to consider carrying it.
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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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I went straight to the manufacturer for the conversion chart that provides the equivalent DMC tapestry wool number for each DMC cotton color. “close” is good enough. I found that the fibers were colorfast as advertised and the piece felted evenly. I purchased a color card and compared the colors of each family to the recommended DMC cotton before ordering a full skein. That allowed me to compare shades to each other. I am very satisfied with the result after felting. I am most pleased with this one and I confirmed that this was the fiber to use on the blue elephant blanket. The final product is an excellent copy of the original. The colors are vibrant. Of the three samples. 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. Note: The tags on the photos indicate the stitching fiber. A single strand of tapestry wool was equivalent to a double strand of cotton. The Knit Picks colors used in the sample are listed below with the corresponding DMC numbers. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 12 . 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.
A bottom layer of leather or rubber should be applied to protect surfaces from moisture.THE FUN NEW ART Sunflower Coasters OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Just for fun and because I had so much stitching material left over. creative way to apply the art and each took less than an hour to stitch. I took the original section of the pattern and divided it into quadrants. creating four coaster-sized pieces of the same chart. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 13 . This is a fun. and I added a single row border of full cross stitches to frame them. They are stitched with a combination of KPWoA and DMC tapestry wool.
Close up of stitching on the leaf and stem. 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. That was a result of the wool and chenille combination. Top: Before Felting The completed project and chart prior to felting. 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. 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. Blow-out tail and looping Blow-out looping Bottom: After Felting © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 14 . mostly in the flower. It was the first project I completed and was stitched entirely out of stash fiber scraps. I’ve included photos of more detail below. The photo on the right was taken immediately after felting and prior to blocking it.THE FUN NEW ART Stash Fibers OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH One of my favorite projects to date is the Calla Lilly. As you can see the edges are uneven and some of the stitches are blown-out. The border is half stitches. For this project the general consensus is that the serendipitous texture from the blown-out stitches adds dimension and interest.
They are large enough to offer variety to your experience and small enough to complete quickly. 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. Use multiple colors of highlighter to provide additional focus. 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. The orange sections are stitched but still visible for reference. are well suited for a coaster. Most are smaller than a 50 X 50 charting area. 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. 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 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. For our example I’ve used a section of the elephant chart at right with permission. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 15 . I print the page I’m working on at home and highlight it as I work. 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.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. This provides a good visual confirmation of progress and allows you to keep the original pattern intact. Focus on one section of a chart It is very important that you choose the subject and chart before creating the base fabric.
Using the sample chart on the right you see that the dimension of the original stitching chart (CS) is 15 X 15. Every project should have an additional single row border because the outside rows are very difficult to stitch evenly. 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. For a cross stitched border add two more stitches and two more rows (19 X 19) to the base pattern of 17. The basic pattern for this chart in FCS is 17 stitches by 17 rows (15 + 2). 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 16 . 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.
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.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.907 yards. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 17 .5” = 30.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.750 yards (25 skeins at 110 yards each) of Knit Picks worsted weight Wool of the Andes and a size H hook. It’s better to over-calculate until you are comfortable with the technique. Example 3: 63” X 63” = 3. Using the calculations above for this fiber indicates much more yarn than was actually needed. You will have to judge each brand and project individually.25” multiplied by 3 is 90. For the blue elephant blanket the dimensions of 63” X 63” used 2. type. tension and size of hook used for the project.5” x 5. Example 2: 5.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 18 . There are multitudes of resources online including video how-to’s. less attention to gauge is required. 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 size of the hook and tension applied by the artist. There are so many more possibilities with new fibers. usually a 4” square. I provide the basic stitch here because that’s all you need to start felted cross stitch. Most wool fibers shrink at a nearly even rate and traditional felting is accomplished with a very loose stitch. Gauge is somewhat difficult to achieve in afghan stitch but it is critical on any piece that you do not plan to felt. Practice first until you gain the skills to produce consistent fabric. Tension is a direct result of how each artist holds the fiber. If you want to learn more about the variety of stitches used in the afghan stitch (aka as Tunisian Crochet ) search the internet. H and F. but the H felted better. 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. since felting changes the characteristics of the fabric. Gauge Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows in a given area. The size of a stitch will vary depending on the yarn (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. The sample made with the F hook is more accurate to gauge (square) than the H.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. When felting. Maintaining a correct gauge is most important on projects using acrylic or cotton fibers. Felting the fabric will even out the strands for the final piece and blocking it allows for some stretching in all directions. 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. better tools and a renewed creativity for the art.
Materials: • • OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Afghan hook or crochet hook (for small projects) in the recommended size for your fiber. (1) YO and draw through one loop (2) YO and draw through 2 loops. Make the first row. 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. 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 . (1) Draw up a loop in the 2nd CH from hook.THE FUN NEW ART The Basic Afghan Stitch. Step 3: (Working from left to right) Remove loops as follows. For our example I made a sample of 15 stitches x 10 rows. Step 1: Chain (CH) the number of stitches for the width of your base plus 1. To calculate the required size. refer to the earlier section on Planning the Project. Skein of selected fiber. (2) Draw up a loop in each CH across (16 loops).
(2) YO and draw through 2 loops. Repeat row 2. step 1). *YO draw through 2 loops.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). Draw up a loop in the next and each remaining upright bars from row one leaving all loops on hook. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 20 . steps 1 and 2 until you have stitched all rows required. until one loop is remaining on the hook. draw through 1 loop. (16 loops). This step repeats step 3 of the first row. repeat from * across row*. (16 loops on hook) Step 2: (Working from left to right) Remove loops as follows: YO hook. (1) YO and draw through one loop (same as in row 1. (1) Skip the first upright bar and YO hook drawing through the 2nd upright bar. 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. step 2). Row 2 and all other rows: Step 1: (Working from right to left) Skip the first upright bar under the current loop.
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. YO hook and draw through 2 loops (across). (4) Weave in ends. This is the point where the stitching corners connect. CH 1. This will also help to keep your orientation as you turn 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. 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 .THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Finishing Row (working right to left): Skip the first upright bar. This is what the front and back of the fabric will look like when completed.
pinned at the top left corner of the fabric and ready to add a decorative crochet border. Choose a complimenting or contrasting yarn color and make one row of full or half stitches on the outside row of the base. 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. Either a full or half cross stitch row at the edge similar to the sunflower coasters. At the top and left edge of the fabric.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. For our example from page 16. 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. but the stitchable area is 13 stitches by 8 rows. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 22 . a simple shell stitch and the leaf stitch on several projects. This sample is 15 stitches by 10 rows. that means the base pattern would be 19 stitches by 19 rows or equivalent to the stitched row plus a spacer row. skip the outermost row and stitch into the first full row. Leave the edges raw (without a decorative crochet edge) in the basic stitch. When planning the base be sure to add two or more additional stitches and rows to each side in addition to the charting area. Crocheted Borders An alternative to a stitched row is a pretty and simple crochet border. I have used the single crochet.
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. Repeat row 2 for pattern as many time as desired. SC Edge around border Row 1: SL into edge of fabric at the center of one side and SC evenly around the border edges. 3 DC in next SC. YO and draw through both the ST and loop (LP) on hook. SC in next SC repeat from * across to last SC from corner. skip next SC. skip first SC. CH1. turn. Leaf Stitch Row 1: (SC edge) Row 2 (Right side): CH1. 2 SC in next SC. Row 3 (Wrong side): Turn fabric. 3 dc. Skip next SC. repeat from * around. in corner stitch SC. continue from * across to next corner until you are back to the first DC. Break yarn and weave in ends. *skip next SC. Slip Stitch (SL) To work a slip stitch. SL into 1st CH of DC. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 23 . YO and draw through both loops on hook. Break yarn and weave in ends. Join at beginning with SL. Break yarn: Pull 3-4” of yarn through and cut in center. At each corner 2 SC. Join at beginning with SL. 2 SC. Scallop Stitch Row 1: (SC edge) Row 2: (Right side): *skip next SC. 2 SC in next SC. insert hook in ST or SP indicated.
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. This is a close-up picture of what the fibers look like after felting. Notice how the wool shrank tightly around the chenille. The artist made an increase four rows later to bring it back to the correct size. In this example the chenille was squeezed out between the wool during the felting process . Decreases. The black yarn runs under the last correct stitch. Dropped Row (right) The picture on the right shows a dropped row. All knots should be eliminated (cut) and the two ends crocheted together for 3-5 stitches. Correct stitching area is critical in this instance. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 24 . This shows that skipping a single stitch results in an inconsistent stitching area for four squares. See how it appears to be concave? The artist dropped a stitch. For the Calla Lily project this added texture to the final piece and I may choose to use it intentionally with a future project. The image at left shows a decrease stitch. The correct way to fix this is to rip it out down to the error and complete the other rows correctly. Dropped and Skipped Stitches There is a skipped stitch at the center of the two stitched squares on the left. When reviewing the sample 12” squares artists were evaluated based on the quality of their work among other criteria. 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. Here are a few samples of work I consider flawed. Blow-Out (right) Blow-out is what happens when the base and stitching fibers felt at drastically different rates.
The second option is to outline each page of the chart instead of smaller sections. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 25 . This is also recommended in felted cross stitch. Find the Center 1. Use a contrasting thread and weave it into place on the fabric in sections corresponding to your chart. The Stitching Grid A stitching grid can be helpful on larger projects. The stitch grid should reflect the chart lines. 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. You can add a stitch grid described below or begin stitching your chart depending on the size of the project and personal preference. Most patterns have a darker line every 8-10-12 or 20 stitches creating even blocks of stitching. then fold it in half again by the height. 2. Mark the center stitch (red thread) found between the two folds and open the fabric back up to start. Be careful to note where the center of the chart is and adjust your grid accordingly. Fold the fabric in half at the width. This type gives you an easy reference to the edges of each charted page. keeping the edges even.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.
Blocking This is a picture of multiple projects being blocked with a corkboard and t-pins. The grid will provide a simple guide when pinning your felted pieces. Is worked primarily from the front (right) side of the fabric.). it’s better to change colors frequently. The basic fabric is composed of four stands of fiber that cross over each other at the center of each stitch. 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. Do not knot the ends of yarn. Draw 1” squares on a corkboard with a permanent marker. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 26 . Felted Cross Stitch: • • • • Does not use a hoop or frame. Felting will further secure them into the base. Weave the ends between these strands to hide them.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Rules of Thumb . Ends are woven into the front (not the back) side of the fabric. this one is 24” by 36”. Uses a sewing motion (top to top) instead of a stitching motion (top to bottom to top. Work in small sections. etc. Weave in ends when starting and stopping a color. Tension: Keep the stitches loose to prevent it from constricting the base fabric.
The next stitch is 4/5. etc. The second is by making the full cross of each stitch individually. I prefer working from the top right to the bottom left side of the group of stitches. 6/7. The bottom stitches will be completed from the right to the left. 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. Horizontal Stitching Now that you have a completed base fabric you can begin stitching your chart.. Top Stitches: Reverse direction for the top half stitch. reverse direction and stitch the top half of the same set.THE FUN NEW ART Stitching Progression: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH There are two ways to complete a section of stitches. Step 2: Position the needle to secure the tail under several strands of the base fabric and bring it up at (1). 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. 16/17. Insert the needle at (12) where the last bottom stitch ends and expose it at (13) to start the first top stitch. then work left to right 14/15. The first is to stitch the bottom half of multiple stitches. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 27 . 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. The needle is stopped just before the first stitch. The intersections are equivalent to the traditional holes in Aida cloth. Step 1: Anchor the floss under 3-4 upright bars (left to right) in the area you want to start stitching. 18/19 to 24.
Step 8: Normally I would finish the top stitches like the first row but this strand is used up. Step 7: To do that. 6-7. 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. It is ready to continue in the same pattern as the first row. the needle rests at (16-17) and is moving to the right. to 11). 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 9: The stitch ends are nearly Invisible. etc.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. In order to correct the first stitch work one stitch in reverse from (2) to (1). the stitch was completed and the needle now rests between (1) and (3). Start a new strand. Weave the end under four stitches and break yarn close to the base. Step 4: (11) Change direction. 9-10) and stop at (11). moving across in the order of (4-5. The stitches are now working from left to right. The bottom half of this row is nearly completed and the needle is resting at space (12-13) ready to start the top stitches. Complete the top half of the stitches of this horizontal row. Step 5: The top half of stitches (12-13) and (14-15) are now complete. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 28 .
The needle is now ready for stitching between (3-1). Step 2: Notice how the end is nearly invisible already. The needle is exposed at (1) on the top row and is ready for the bottom half of the first vertical stitch. Step 4: The second half stitch will be made on the row below the last stitch. I only use this method for small numbers of stitches. starting at space (1) of this row to space (1) of the row under it. Starting the first vertical stitch.THE FUN NEW ART Vertical Stitching OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Stitching vertically is more difficult to keep even. Step 1: Anchor the floss under 3-4 base fibers vertically. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 29 . This method is preferable to the horizontal method because it gets better coverage. since the stitches move back and forth across the weave of the fabric. We are working down the right side of the fabric.
The needle is resting at position (3/4) to start the horizontal row. etc) until all bottom stitches are covered by a top stitch. 1-1. Notice how the fabric has begun to lay flat as stitches are added.) down to the end of that section. 3-3. This is what the back of the stitched fabric will look like. Step 7: Changing the direction of stitching and moving from a vertical stitching pattern to a horizontal stitching pattern. 3-3. Step 8: The horizontal row is finished. Weave the end in. Step 6: The top half of the stitch is completed by moving back up the row (1-1. 3-3.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Step 5: Work the bottom half of all stitches (1-1. etc. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 30 . The next stitch is (3) to (5) and then continues in a horizontal pattern (right to left) as demonstrated earlier. The needle rests on the last space (1-3) in preparation to change direction and complete the top half stitches. 1-1.
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. This photo shows the needle resting at the last top half stitch of row one. Make an anchor stitch by going under one strand of base fabric near the first woven stitch.e.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. 1. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 31 .
THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 3. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 32 . 5. 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. Pull floss through only as far as needed to remove slack from the yarn. Vertical Weaving 6. Pull the end through only as far as needed to remove the slack from the yarn. 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. Pull through only as far as necessary to remove excess. Work the next row(s) of stitches using steps 1-5. Pull the floss through only as far as needed to remove the excess. weave the current color under each bottom half of the bottom half stitch across as shown.. Working left to right. 4. Working right to left. weave the current color under each top half of the bottom half stitch across all stitches as shown.
The gray and white areas sparkle as a result. 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. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 33 . The anchor stitch for this row is made by crossing under one strand of the base fabric. Break yarn. Work across all columns. 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.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 7. For contrast I added a rust strand in the woven technique. 8. 9. Place the needle under the center of each crossed stitch in the next column.
I expect it to felt to a final dimension of 56” X 56”. Instructions. progress. It required 25 skeins (2. Follow my progress or make one for yourself.750 yards) and a little over 40 hours to create. The color graphic is reprinted with permission . scissors and chart on the right. 100% Peruvian Highland Wool in Sapphire Heather #23899. Rest the weight of the unused fabric on your lower arm and grip the fabric at the left of the active area. I chose to use the DMC Laine Colbert Tapestry Wool due to the accurate color conversion from the DMC Cottons. I was inspired by the art of The Beaded Bird. 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. (Lefties reverse directions) The Blue Elephant Blanket Project The blue elephant blanket project is my most ambitious to date. update photos and a show schedule are posted on the blog at: blueelephantstitchalong.com. The base is made from Knit Picks Wool of The Andes. Keep your floss. I chose this chart for the vibrant colors and large blue background. The photo at right shows my progress as of the date of this publication. preferably resting on a surface next to the work area. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 34 .wordpress. There are 130 stitching colors in the chart . The full size is 63” X 63” prior to felting.
3. Combine multiple pieces in one wash to conserve energy. This is optional and you should consider the colorfastness of the fibers used in the project when deciding. 1. • • © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 35 . Time your felting to coincide with projects your friends are working on and do it together. The sample on the right is the same piece after felting. 6. The dark fibers indicate flaws in the base piece and were removed before felting. at least 15-20 mintes. 35. allow the washer to finish the cycle. Place it in a zippered pillowcase to keep loose fibers from clogging up the drainage system of the washer and your plumbing. Take each item out of the pillow case and lay it flat or use a ruler to judge how the process is going. Remove each piece and pin it to a blocking board to dry for 24 hours. Stop when you are satisfied with the size. Use a timer and check your progress at 15. Finish the piece(s) you want to felt. Add a small amount of detergent to remove oils from handling the item. Remember the water is HOT and use a stick or tongs to retrieve items from the tub when checking them. Turn the washer to it’s hottest setting and start the longest cycle available for that machine. 30. 25. When the pieces have shrunk to the size you want them. 20. 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. For small projects. Use an agitating washer. 5. OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 2. put a pair of jeans in the washer with your felted items for additional agitation.THE FUN NEW ART Simple Felting Instructions Felting is fun and simple. Felting Tips and Cautions • • • • Plan a felting party. Front load washers don’t provide enough agitation to felt a project well. The sample on the left is the red heart sample piece that has not been felted yet. 4. 40 and 45 minutes.
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This is the actual pattern we will be using in class at Village Needlework. The felted cross stitch samples substituted the 6-strand floss for equivalent wools. 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. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 40 . 2011. 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. 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. IA. The pattern is Blessed are the Piece/Peace Makers Quilt—Square #4 by Eileen Gurak Needlework Design. Blue Color Description Sample panel – 10” X 8” . Suggested modification: Use your school colors to make a multi-panel quilt like afghan.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. 48 stitches by 48 rows. 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. 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. This is one of 12 charts in the series. April 16.
orange DK weight cotton or floss (1 yd) Instructions: 1. 5. ? 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 . Use a large tooth comb to “comb” out the fur from the stitching creating a two dimensional accent that is soft to touch.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. 18” afghan hook Size 13 embroidery needle Stitching yarn for swan: White Fun Fur (12. Break yarn. 6. Chain 234 stitches.black w b o White fun fiur Black sport weight wool Orange sport or sock weight wool Quantity in Yds 12. weave in ends. black DK weight wool (3 yards). Add a decorative border: SC around the edges of the base fabric. LLC: Blocking Block the blanket by washing in warm water. 2. Afghan Artists Guild base priced as 36” x 36”.5 yards). gentle cycle with a mild detergent to remove oils from your hands and lay flat to dry. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 41 .5 10 1 12 13 Swan chart © 2010 Gypsy In The Castle. Using the instructions for the scallop stitch on page 23 crochet a scallop border into the SC row around the blanket. specify swan baby blanket and yarn color in order details. Using the instructions for basic afghan stitch provided on page 19 make 180 rows. Stitch the swan chart onto one (or more) corners of the blanket. 3. 4.
This pattern is for panels 1-9 (make 9) 4. blue. 6. 3. Remove the baste stitches as you progress.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. This blanket is made in the more traditional manner using (9) 7. Use a single crochet to stitch all 9 pieces together. Using the instructions for basic afghan stitch provided on page 19 make 34 rows. 12”-18” afghan hook Size 13 embroidery needle DMC 6-strand cotton floss (double strand) in colors indicated by the charts. 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. The original blanket was assembled with the following individual squares. red. brown. dark purple. Chain 41. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 42 . Use this chart to arrange the completed squares and baste stitch them together loosely before combining them.5” wide X 7” tall panels stitched together. weave in ends. Instructions for each panel: 1. variegated gray and variegated gold/yellow. 2. Fun Fur in light purple. 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. Break yarn.
pig and Scottie dog. The butterfly is found in Very Victorian. Mini Series #10 by Terrie Lee Steinmeyer © 1987 and variations on recommended color is listed on page 46. Regarding charts I have included charts I created for the balloons and pony. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 43 . Add a decorative border: SC around the edges of the base fabric. The Scotty dog and pig are found in A Little Bit Country. 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. Follow the recommended color scheme or have fun substituting colors with your own stash yarn. The bow tie was completed in variegated cotton baby yarn in woven cross stitch style. published by Leisure Arts. Afghan Artists Guild base priced as 24” x 24”.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 7. specify Fuzzy Animal Layette base and color of fiber in order details.5” x 7” panels. Use the charts provided in multiple colors. I am unauthorized to publish the charts for the butterflies. Mini Series #16 © 1987. You will receive Nine (9) 7. Use the instructions on page 23 to crochet a shell stitch border into the SC row around the blanket.
? 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.THE FUN NEW ART Fun Fur Pony OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Use a single strand of brown Fun Fur stitch the pony chart. I used a single strand sport weight black wool to make small hooves in half stitches for detail. 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. Backstitching was completed in a single strand of black DMC cotton floss. 100% Mercerized Cotton in Lavender (variegated) using the woven cross stitch technique. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 44 . Optional: Backstitch an outline to add more definition.
THE FUN NEW ART Balloon Bouquet OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH The Fun Fur balloons bouquet is whimsical and fun.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. 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. 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. ? 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 . blue. The balloons are stitched with a single strand Fun Fur in red. gold and purple.
then creativity took over.com and I’ll post it with your name to the blog to share with other stitchers. Caution: Fun Fur has a tendency to “shed” small fibers. 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. Blocking Block the blanket by washing in cold water. Email a photo of your completed blanket to gypsyinthecastle@gmail. Artists and parents are expected to use their best judgment when giving this item to an infant or toddler. Tips on using Fun Fur: • Stitch with the grain to minimize shedding. Lay flat to dry. Use a large tooth comb to “comb” out the fur from the stitching to make a soft to touch animal. If you stitch against the grain you will get a lap full of small pieces of strings. gentle cycle with a mild detergent to remove oils from your hands. Comb gently so you don’t rip the stitches out. Hold a piece of Fun Fur in the center letting it hang on two sides of your finger. Comb it out. This is an extremely versatile quilt. The grain side is the one where the fibers are dropping straight down. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved • 46 . You want the end of this half of the fiber to be closest to your stitches to eliminate some shedding.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.
Medium . Snowmen and snowflakes are two of her favorite things and I was happy to incorporate them into this light winter scarf. weave in ends. weave in ends Add a SC around the edges of the finished piece SL into first SC Break yarn. 10% Nylon Size F. Make the base: • • • Add the border • CH 21 Using the basic afghan stitch make 100 rows (48”) Break yarn. cross stitch and woven cross stitch skills Materials: • 1 skein Berroco. 217 yards. 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. • • © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 47 . 50% Acrylic. 40% Wool. afghan stitch. This scarf uses crochet.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.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 48 . The Snowman Colors: w .white g . 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.gray t .tan b .brown Backstitching Black Satin Floss Red S321 310 DMC 000 168 842 841 Stitch the chart. Weave all ends into the base fibers. Stitch the full cross stitches and use the woven technique whenever possible on the chart. 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).THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Stitch the snowflake and snowman onto each end of the scarf using these charts. Then complete the backstitching.
1 skein (C) Red Strips – (Color 113 Scarlet). 3 skeins Size H. local etiquette applies. 3 skeins Lion Brand Cotton Ease (D) White Stars – (Color White." I strongly recommend it only be made to honor a veteran with the recipients permission. would override Supreme Court rulings on this matter. The Pattern: This veterans lap blanket is made using the basic afghan stitch.S.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Veterans Lap Blanket This blanket is the first project I completed in afghan stitch. cross stitch and basic crochet. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved (B) White Stripes – (Color 100 White). § 1 et seq). My Deepest Gratitude and We Love You" Before making this item please be aware of the Flag Code of the United States.S.S. Supreme Court has ruled that punitive enforcement would conflict with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech." "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. if ever passed into law. Size: 31” X 25” Materials: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (A) Blue Field – (Color 107 Sapphire). 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. federal law. (A Flag Desecration Amendment has been proposed from time to time and. In other countries and places. It is Section 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.) This etiquette is as applied within U. "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America. jurisdiction. the U. 24” afghan hook Small metal embroidery needle 49 . Anyone who is willing to fight under and die for what it represents.C. Wikipedia (i. should be allowed to be warmed by it in life.S. This is my way of saying to veterans "Welcome Home. but there is no penalty for failure to comply with it and it is not widely enforced — indeed. This is a U.e. 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. 4 ply).
repeat * to * for 41 stitches. repeat * to* 83 sts. Change to (C). (127 ST on hook) Step 3: (working left to right. repeat * to * till end (83 ST).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. Work rows 3-6: Repeat steps 2 and 3 of the foundation row 4 more times. do not turn): With (C) YO and draw through one loop on hook. with (C) chain 84. 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). End of blue field and corresponding stripes. The blue field and first red stripe: Foundation row. pick up (A) and chain 42 more (total 126 chains).. (125 sts) Repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete one (1) row of basic afghan stitch. step 1: Use the size H afghan hook. 7 times. YO and draw up a loop *YO and draw up a loop next upright bar*. Repeat steps 2 and 3. Step 2 (working right to left): With (A) Insert hook into 2nd upright bar. weave in ends. Rows 13-18 (C) Rows 31-36 (B) Rows 19-24 (B) Rows 37-42 (C) Rows 25-30 (C) Break yarn. Pick up (A) repeat from * to * until only one loop remains. “YO and draw through two loops on hook”. Full stripes © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 50 .
SK1 Row 2: Continue with (C) around the border in a counter-clockwise direction using instruction for leaf stitch. Change to (B) and repeat leaf stitch. At each corner: 2 SC in last CH. Join with SL at first SC. CH1. Weave in all ends. Crochet one row in SC around entire parameter of blanket. Join with SL in first CH. Rows 43-48 (B) Rows 61-66 (C) Break yarn.THE FUN NEW ART All rows are now one color: Repeat Steps 2 and 3. Row 3: Reverse direction now moving clockwise around the border. Row 4: Reverse direction now moving counter-clockwise around the border. 42” strands of Cotton Ease (4 ply yarn) © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 51 . 7 times for each color. repeat * to * to the corner. 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 (A) and repeat leaf stitch. SC in same SC. CH 1. 2 SC in same ST Bottom: 287 ST Top: 286 ST Right side: 221 ST Left side: 221 ST Leaf Stitch CH 1. Make stars: Cut 50. Break yarn. *2 SC in next SC*. turn corner. weave in ends. SK 1 SC.
*CH 4. Row 2 and all even rows: 1 star on each of 5 spaces. Make 50 Stitch the stars to the blue field: Using the chart at the right. crochet in one strand of Sulky metallic gold thread to the corresponding state star. To help place the stars weave a contrasting color yarn to the blue field at even spaces. make a slip knot and CH 3. Instructions: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Leaving a 12” tail. Optional: To recognize the veteran’s or artists state. SL into center of ch 3* Repeat * to * 4 more times pulling end of yarn through. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 52 . Row 1 and all odd rows: 1 star in each of 6 spaces. Repeat rows 1 and 2. Tip: Create a grid for placing stars on the blue field. SC in next CH. SL into first CH from hook. DC into next CH. 4 times more and row 1 again.THE FUN NEW ART Using the size 7 crochet hook. join with SL in third CH from hook. On the first and all odd rows place the star in the square. stitch one star into each corresponding space on the blue field using the 12” tail of each star. On the second and all even rows place the stars over the dividing yarn.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 53 . 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.THE FUN NEW ART VETERAN stitching chart: OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Using the chart below. 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. cross stitch the VETERAN lettering onto the 10th and 11th strips in R (red) and W (white). Work as if working a cross stitch pattern-see additional diagram.
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. Calculate the number of skeins of each color you are purchasing.md Quantity: Wool Color: 7897 Description: peacock blue . 3. I included the color description and number of skeins needed to complete the project. Use the following list as a guide for how large a zip bag you will need for each color. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 54 . I would choose a quart bag for this color and punch a hole in one corner. Color 1 in our example is DMC 799 and has 15 skeins 4. Connect a 24” zip tie to itself as loose as possible – you can tighten it later. 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. The blue elephant blanket used over 130 colors and 300 skeins of tapestry wool. Print out business card sized papers with the DMC and Wool fiber numbers and symbol on it (example below). 2.THE FUN NEW ART How To Make A Fiber Organizer Materials: • • Hole punch OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Zipper baggies in snack.dk Step by Step Instructions: 1. 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 .
Put the skeins of 7798 tapestry wool in the bag. 7. For DMC colors that share a wool color like 806 & 3766 make two color cards and two baggies. OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 6. Cut out the color card and put it in the bag. 8. This is a frugal system for managing all of the stitching colors to keep them organized. 9. Put a 4” zip tie through the punched hole and connect it in a loop around the 24” zip tie. Note: You could also split the fiber up into both bags. 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 baggies hang on the longer zip tie in order of DMC #. Write the alternative color number on your chart or thread holder cards for easier reference.THE FUN NEW ART 5. clean and easily transported wherever you go! © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 55 .
Fold it in half lengthwise 3. This is quicker than putting them back in the bags every time you change colors.THE FUN NEW ART Simple Thread Holder Cards Materials: • • • OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH 8. When the project is complete. return the ends to each baggie for the next project and throw the color card in the recycle bin. 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. gluing them to each other 5. Print or copy your color chart onto a full sheet of paper 2. Place it facedown and spray the glue on the back 4. Fold the backs together.5 X 11” copy paper Printer or copier Spray Glue Instructions: 1. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 56 . The yellow highlight indicates colors I’ve run out of and need to order. Staple multiple sheets together at the spine 6. 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.
(2) Stitch the first two colors working from the center of the fabric. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 57 . (3) Stitch colors 1-5 and begin 1st petal on left (yellow).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 versatility in flosses demonstrates the many possibilities for this craft. 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.
© 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 58 .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.
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 .
Marion Iowa Joan Ackerman 1123 7th Avenue Marion.ebay. Both are charter members of the Afghan Artists Guild © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 61 .THE FUN NEW ART Resources OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Fiber.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.com/shop/conniemariepfost Connie and Cherie are two artists who have been my partners and confidante’s through this process.etsy. This is a list of sources for patterns. supporters and materials used in the completion of this book. try wool to their stock so it is now available locally. IA 52302 (319) 362-3271 * email@example.com/shop/foreverdesign Cherie and Connie are two artists who have been my partners and confidante’s through this process. Patterns. Supporters The Beaded Bird eBay store Link: http://stores. Both are charter members of the Afghan Artists Guild Connie’s Crochet Connie Pfost Etsy ID: conniemariepfost http://www. 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. fibers. Forever Design Cherie White Etsy ID: Forever Design www.etsy.
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. book number 3630 by Linda Gillum called Sunflowers Sunflowers Sunflowers. I determined that the most popular floss manufacturers are DMC and Anchor/Bates. Book No 211. 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. DMC Needlework Threads Color Card. Basic instruction for cross stitch was referenced using First Steps in Counted Cross Stitch.com Dafni’s Creations Dimensions Dover Needlework Jeanette Crew Designs – One Nighters Kappie Originals Leisure Arts Lollipop Designs Lucky Duck Designs Mats Etc. Cross Stitch Designers Alma Meter Mice Banar Designs Bucilla Crazy for Cross Stitch. © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 62 . Sunflower Study with Blue and White. This reference did not include the linen line. A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village. copyright 2008. 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. Reference for the numbers of colors and types currently available in DMC 6-strand flooss. Page 15. basic instructions plus over 15 charted designs by Rita Weiss Crochet abbreviations for base patterns were referenced to Beginner’s Guide.
com www.thealpacayarnco. Misti International Plymouth Yarn Co.com www.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.uniquekolours.com www.com © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 63 .com Conversion Charts DMC Needlepointers www.com www.universalyarn.lionbrand.needlepointers.berroco. Mini Series Booklets Needlework Mini Booklets One Nighters Leisure Arts American School of Needlework Jeannette Crew Designs.soysilk.com www.yarnmarket.com www.com www. South West Trading Company The Alpaca Yarn Company Twisted Sisters Universal Yarn Company Yarnmarket LLC OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH www.123stitch.com www.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.hand-dyedfibers.com www.twistedsistersknitting.com www. Inc.decadentfibers.com www.herrschners.dmc-usa.jeanettecrews.knitpicks.dmc-usa.com www.mistialpaca.com www.com www.com www.plymouthyarn. Check listings on eBay or Google Check listings on eBay or Google http://www.com www.fiberwild.com www.
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. Send photos and share ideas at the email address below.com www. LLC Deveri Johnson. For more information: Gypsy In The Castle.THE FUN NEW ART OF FELTED CROSS S TITCH Additional Web Sites for Fiber and Artists Handblessings Ravelry www.etsy. LLC at http://www. Place an order at one of our shops: The Afghan Artists Guild at http://www.com To order Felted Cross Stitch Fabric on Etsy.etsy.com/people/GypsyInTheCastle © 2009-2011 Gypsy In The Castle LLC All Rights Reserved 64 .handblessings. Creative Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/people/AfghanArtistsGuild OR Gypsy In The Castle.
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