A garden full of sweet watermelon ripening on the vine is one of the nicest things about summer!
Watermelon Cottage is the second watermelon-themed cross-stitch pattern for 2023. This design features a cottage with a watermelon patch. Oversized flowers, whimsical melon vines with blossoms, and watermelon slices frame the scene. Shades of red and green pair with black and white for a look that coordinates with the summer sweetness found in other Cherry Hill Stitchery watermelon patterns.
The model was stitched on 28ct Mushroom Lugana (Zweigart).
The stitch count for Watermelon Cottage is 79w x 70h, and the finished design measures approximately 5 1/4"w x 4 7/8"h when stitched on that fabric. (14ct/equivalent)
The pattern calls for whole stitches only. (Whole stitches = beginner friendly and Aida friendly!)
The model was stitched with floss from both DMC and Classic Colorworks. DMC equivalents are provided for the Classic Colorworks threads.
The pattern includes a black/white symbol page as well as a color page, so you can choose to stitch from the format that works best for you.
RECREATE THE LOOK:
Finish Fabric: The black and white check is Chelsea's Checks by Chelsea Carter of Stitching with the Housewives for Henry Glass Fabrics. The SKU is 9700-9.
Cording: The cording was spun with a Kreinik cording drill using 7 lengths of DMC B5200.
Bow: The black bow is made from a 1.5" royal cross burlap wire-edged ribbon (5thStreetStudio), SKU RG121102. The white bow is made from a 3/8" grosgrain ribbon from Ribbon Boutique (Hobby Lobby), SKU 166751.
Button: The button in the centerpiece is a size 36 covered button from Dritz. (Size 36= 7/8"). I covered the button with Coral Stems fabric from the Flower Garden line by Echo Park for Riley Blake. The SKU is C11902.
The materials listed above are unique to this piece. The foundational supplies (the board, glue, batting, etc.-- stuff you can't see) are the same no matter what I am finishing, so I buy those in bulk and keep them on hand. You can see what those materials are on the Tools and Organization page of this website.
One more time, here is Watermelon Cottage: