Cross-Stitch “Simple Joys of Summer”

By  Jennifer Rodriguez  for  Always Time to Stitch

size: 5"x5"; stitch count: 70 w x 70 h

  • Cross-Stitch “Simple Joys of Summer”


  • Wichelt Imports 28-count Hand-Dyed Summer Sky Jobelan (429504)
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, embroidery needle, q-snap or hoop

Stitch Types

Cross-stitch: 2 strands
Backstitch: 1 or 2 strands
French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped 1 time)

Pattern - Cross-Stitch "Simple Joys of Summer"

  • 1. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric over two strands using two strands of floss.
  • 2. Backstitch design using two strands as follows: saying with DMC 3808 Turquoise-UL VY DK; word "chalk" and outline of three sections with DMC 986 Forest Green-VY DK; sun rays with DMC 973 Canary-BRT and DMC 972 Canary-DK; baseball stitching with DMC 349 Coral-DK; flower stems and top of grass with DMC 986 Forest Green-VY DK. (Note: Use long stitches for horizontal lines on baseball.) For flowers, backstitch with two strands from left to right as follows: DMC 3837 Lavender-UL DK, 3810 Turquoise-DK, 3705 Melon-DK, 3808 Turquoise-UL VY DK, 3705 Melon-DK, 3837 Lavender-UL DK, 3810 Turquoise-DK. Backstitch remaining areas on design with one strand DMC 310 Black.
  • 3. Complete French Knots on saying using one strand of DMC 3808 Turquoise-UL VY DK.
  • 4. Frame design or finish into hanging as shown.
  • Tip
  • 1. Attach stitched piece on tote or beach bag for a fun seasonal accessory.