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Updated: Sep 22, 2020

This little cross stitch pattern is for the makers! The full text reads "Make Pretty Things" and the rest of the design is embellished with flowers, leaves, hearts, a spool with needle, and a pincushion holding some pins.

As stitched, the pattern uses shades of teal, red, pink, brown, yellow, gray, and green.

PATTERN DETAILS: This design suggests threads from DMC only. The pattern uses whole stitches but there is some backstitching (Only the pins in the pincushion.) The model is stitched over 2 on 28 ct white Monaco using 2 ply thread. The stitch count is 118w x 75h and measures approximately 8"w x 5"h when stitched on 28 ct or equivalent.


RECREATE THE LOOK: If you'd like to recreate the look shown on the model, hopefully the following information will help you. The finished cross stitch was mounted on backing board cut to an oval. My tutorial explaining how to mount it to backing board is found here: (The technique is a little different for an oval shape--this tutorial just helps you with straight edges/rectangle finishes. I do not have a tutorial for rounded edges at the time of this writing. Sorry!)

The mounted cross stitch piece was wrapped in cording before adding the ruffle and mounting on the frame. My tutorial explaining how to attach cording is found in the second half of this video. (FYI--This tutorial does not show how to make the cording--only how to attach it.) The tutorial explaining how to actually make the cording is found here: I used a Kreinik corder and 6 strands of DMC 304 cut 3x the length of the perimeter before spinning. A corder can be purchased here:

The ribbon was a 3/8" red satin ribbon from my stash that matched the cording made from DMC 304. The blue gingham fabric I used for the ruffle is Hobby Lobby SKU: 651844 (Spring 2020). The button came from my stash, but the pack it was in originally came from a bulk white button assortment from Walmart. The ruffled piece was mounted on a window frame from, SKU JB1378 for display. WHERE TO FIND MORE OBSCURE SUPPLIES: Backing Board (what I wrapped in fabric and used to mount the piece) -- Aleen's Tacky Glue (what I used to adhere the fabric and cross stitch piece to backing board)-- Please don't hesitate to reach out to with any questions!

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