Towel Trims
Difficulty Level Materials
Anchor stranded cotton: One skein each Geranium 6, 8, Cobalt Blue 128, Forest Green 213, 214, Antique Gold 890, Sea Blue 976 and 977. Use two strands throughout. Two pieces 51cm x 7cm white blockweave fabric, 14 blocks to 2.5cm. Two hand towels approximately 101cm x 49cm to match stranded cotton shades. Milward International Range tapestry needle No. 24.

Mark the centre of each piece of fabric lengthwise and widthwise along a line of holes. Diagram 1 gives a section of the design, centre indicated by black arrows which should coincide with the basting stitches. Each background square on diagram 1 represents one block of fabric or one cross stitch. The design is worked throughout in cross stitch and it is important that the upper half of all crosses lie in the same direction throughout. With one long side of each piece of fabric facing, commence the design centrally, and work following diagram 1 and key to diagram. Repeat this section three times more to the left. To complete design, work the right half to correspond. On completion of embroidery, press lightly on wrong side. To make up, trim fabric to within 1cm of embroidery on long edges and using machine embroidery work a scallop border on upper and lower edges. Turn back 1cm on short edges, place to front of towel and sew in position. Alternatively, turn back 1cm on all sides and sew in position to front of towel. Diagram 2. Cross stitch. Fig 1 - bring the thread through at the lower right-hand side, insert the needle one block up and one block to the left and bring out one block down thus forming a half cross, continue in this way to the end of the row. Fig 2 - complete the upper half of the cross as shown. Cross stitch may be worked either from right to left or left to right but it is important that the upper half of all crosses should lie in the same direction.


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