“Love is the Answer” Cross-Stitch

By  Alice Okon  for  The DMC Corp.

finished size of design: 4-1/2"x7-1/2"; stitch count: 61 w x 104 h

  • “Love is the Answer” Cross-Stitch


  • DMC Charles Craft 14-count White Aida
  • DMC Pearl Cotton 5 Floss: 471, 535, 957, 3348
  • DMC Memory Thread Floss: 6070, 6150, 6340
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: 895, 946


  • DMC tools: Embroidery Scissors; Embroidery Needle, size 10; Tapestry Needle, size 22

Basic Supplies

  • scissors

Stitch Types

Half cross-stitch: 1 strand
Backstitch: 2 strands
Couching: 1 strand

Pattern - "Love is the Answer" Cross-Stitch

  • 1. Half cross-stitch design centered on fabric using one strand floss. Backstitch lettering using two strands DMC 535 Ash Gray-VY LT. Secure and clip loose threads on back of design.
  • 2. Following Memory Thread placement lines on chart, place length of Memory Thread on top of stitched design to estimate thread needed for each design element; add 1" to measured length and cut. Work each piece in same manner.
  • 3. Using tapestry needle, insert needle into beginning hole in cloth; gently wiggle needle to enlarge hole and insert one end of Memory Thread. Repeat process for other end.
  • 4. Holding Memory Thread in place, couch it onto surface of cloth using one strand floss in colors indicated. Beginning with central vein, couch vein into place followed by the smaller "v" shaped veins using one strand DMC 895 Hunter Green-VY DK. Couch orange hearts in place using one strand DMC 946 Medium Burnt Orange. Finally, couch leaves in place using one strand DMC 895 Hunter Green-VY DK.
  • 5. Secure Memory Thread ends on back of design with floss; clip excess threads leaving 1/8" end pressed flat against back of design.