Autumn My Favorite Thing
stitch count: 79 w X 229 h; approx. finished size: 5-5/8 w X 16-1/4” h
- 12”x23” Chalice 28-count Lugana
- 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC)
- 6-strand Color Variations Floss (DMC)
- Leaf Buttons (2273.S, 2280.S, 2274.S) (Just Another Button Co.)
- Bellpull Hardware (Ackfeld Mfg.)
Algerian Eyelet : 3 strands
Backstitch : 1 strand
Cross-stitch : 3 strands or as indicated in key
Half Cross-stitch : 2 strands
Half Flower Stem : 3 strands
Rhodes Heart : 3 strands
- Note Edging
- 1. Purple lines represent Buttonhole Edging (instructions follow).
- Square Buttonhole Edging
- 1. The outer edging of bellpull is worked in a very simple stitch, a buttonhole or blanket stitch.
- 1. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.
- 2. Create a channel (to make it easier to stitch straight border) by pulling out a vertical thread on either side of bellpull. Measure carefully to left and right, and pull thread after buttonhole stitching will be worked over. Pulling this one fabric strand will leave an obvious stitching line ensuring bellpull will remain straight and even. The same can done at top of bellpull by pulling horizontal thread.
- 3. Once stitching and buttonhole edging are complete, trim excess fabric away from stitching. Always cut with scissors held to left of outer edge of buttonhole. For bottom corners, use small pair of sharp scissors and start at inside corner. Insert scissor tip into hole shared by adjoining buttonhole stitching. Gather three or four fabric threads onto blade, bringing tip of scissor blade back up through fabric in final hole so only threads to be cut are on blade, and make cut.
- 4. When cutting is complete, make sleeve. Fold 1” of top edge of bellpull down to back of fabric. Use matching thread color (or a stripped fabric strand) to tack top edge of fabric in place, forming sleeve for hardware. Be sure stitching cannot be seen from front by only catching those woven fabric strands that cross over (on back of fabric). Wash and press bellpull at this point before adding buttons.
- 5. Attach buttons as seen in picture.
- 1. Trim any serging or zigzag stitching from long side edges of fabric and carefully strip threads from one sides of fabric (well away from stitched area, to stitch with). The advantage of this method is threads will match fabric exactly.
by Joanne Gatenby