Celebrate Life Cross-Stitch

By  Alice Okon  for  The DMC Corp.

finished size of design: 4-1/2"x7-1/2"; stitch count: 60 w x 102 h

  • Celebrate Life Cross-Stitch


  • DMC Charles Craft 14-count White Aida
  • DMC Memory Thread Floss: 6100, 6160
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: 803, 910


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

Basic Supplies

  • scissors

Stitch Types

Half Cross-stitch: 1 strand
Backstitch: 2 strands
Couching Stitch: 1 strand
Couching Stitch: 1 strand

Pattern - Celebrate Life 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 stem, couch stems into place using one strand DMC 910 Emerald Green-DK. Couch flower petals in place using one strand DMC 803 Baby Blue-UL 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.