Brooke’s Books “Spirit of Christmas Stitching”: 2

I’m half way through stitching this Brooke’s Books ‘Spirit of Christmas Stitching”   angel on perforated paper.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angelThe pieces that are to be stitched on the gold perforated paper are next. This wasn’t so pleasant to stitch as the half on the brown paper, as the shiny gold made it harder to see the holes.

This is one of the angel’s wings.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

This is the completed gold panel, with the individual elements all stitched and ready to cut out.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

They need to be cut out carefully, one set of ‘holes’ away from the stitching, so that the stitching doesn’t get cut and start to unravel. I used nail scissors, as I didn’t want to spoil my embroidery scissors.

The wings need to be cut out as one piece, with a joining section.

This part always reminds me of those paper dolls that you used to be able to get, with tabs on all the clothes so that you could change the doll’s outfits!

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

You then stick or stitch the pieces into place, as on the front of the chart booklet.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

It gives a great layered effect, which is easier to see in this picture, taken at a low angle.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

I made a support for the back of the angel out of mount board (as on a picture frame), so that the angel can be stood upright.

And here’s my finished angel, alongside the one I stitched a few months ago – the Spirit of Holiday Baking.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

So, that’s two down, twelve to go!

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Brooke’s Books “Spirit of Christmas Stitching”: 1

A couple of years ago, I received a set of these wonderful chart packs designed by Brooke’s Books, to make as ‘angels’ on perforated paper. Brooke Nolan has a great Etsy shop here. Each angel stands about seven inches high when finished (with a card support at the back to make them free standing). I love all of them!

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

They use this 14 count perforated paper, which is widely available from Mill Hill, but there are other brands available too. Most of the angels use brown, gold or silver paper, so I bought a selection to start me off!

perforated paper packs

Although it’s called ‘paper’, it’s actually quite sturdy – like thin card – and the holes are large. 14 count perforated paper is a lot easier to stitch on than 14 count Aida, for instance.

perforated paper cross stitch embroidery

Out of my collection, I’ve decided to stitch this one next – the ‘Spirit of Christmas Stitching” .

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

The chart pack gives a key for DMC threads, but I prefer to use Anchor, so I used a conversion chart to look up the correct Anchor thread shades. The design also uses three shades of Kreinik fine braid, and some seed beads.

I taped round the edges of the perforated paper with masking tape, so that my threads wouldn’t catch on the edges. With perforated paper, you don’t use a hoop or frame, as it would damage it, so I just hold it to stitch on it.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

Half of the design is stitched on an A 5 half sheet of paper – one brown, and one gold. They are good projects for when I am not at home, as I don’t need a magnifier to stitch these, due to the large hole size of the paper, and they are easy to carry about. I did all this part during a week of camping!

As the pieces will later be cut out, the extra little shapes are stitched in the gaps around the main figure.

Brookes Books Spirit of Christmas Stitching cross stitch angel

So, that’s half the design done. Next is the other half, then the assembly of the pieces to make the 3D angel  🙂

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 6 – stitching the smalls

I’ve finished stitching the main pocket of the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui  by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’ve really enjoyed stitching it.

Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui pocket

Now it’s time to make the three smalls, to go inside it.

I first stitched all the designs on one piece of fabric, carefully measuring out the spacing.

Smalls for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I completed the scissor fob first, by gathering the stitched fabric circle over a round piece of mount board (2mm thick), padded a bit with a layer of thin wadding. Then I did the same with a second mount board circle, using the deep red silk the same as I’d used for the lining of the etui pocket. I stuck them back to back, and slip-stitched around the edges to make one disc. Then I made a very thin cord out of some DMC Perle 12 as shown below, and tried it first around the shape to make sure it would fit, and leave enough to frizz out the ends last, to make a tassel. I stuck the cord around the edge very carefully, a bit at a time, using PVA glue.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Here’s the completed scissor fob, attached to my cute little rose gold scissors.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

This is the back, showing the deep red silk side.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I made the scissor pocket in a similar way, using stiff interlining instead of the mount board though, so that the scissor pocket is soft to hold. I laced the two sides together through the long back stitches that I’d stitched round the very edge of each piece.

Scissors pocket for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Lastly, I made the needlebook. This, too, is soft, and not stretched over mount board, but stiff interlining.

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I’d half thought to stitch the date on the back, but in the end, when I got to that stage, I forgot, so it’s blank!

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

The inside pages are made from doctor flannel, held in place up the centre with a line of running stitches.

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Here’s the completed project, with all four pieces:

Smalls and Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

It was a gorgeous project to stitch – not too simple, with a few challenging bits (the hardanger!!! Cutting those fabric threads!!), but also with some simple cross stitching so that most of it  was completed quite quickly.

Smalls and Where Stitchers gather embroidered etuiAs ever with projects by Thea from Victoria Sampler, the design was great, the instructions in the chart booklet were clear, and the accessories pack with the threads and beads was full of interesting things to work with. This is well worth stitching, and has the added bonus of being something useful when you’ve finished it, so you can get lasting enjoyment from using it every time you sit down to stitch.

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 5 – completing the stitching, and assembly of the etui pocket

I’ve almost finished this ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’ve really enjoyed stitching it.

Once the main panel was completed, I backstitched around the whole design with Perle 12 thread, over four threads. This will give me a clear outline for assembling the pocket later.

Cross stitch on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

This is the whole piece, before being assembled. You can see that some of the lettering faces up one way, and some down the other way – this is because when the pocket is wrapped around itself, some will be on the back of the pocket and some on the front, facing the other way. It will all make sense later!

Cross stitch on Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I fixed pieces of the maroon dupion silk in place with pieces of iron-on interlining. These go over the back of the drawn thread work and hardanger heart.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It looks like this when it’s done:

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I trimmed the stitched piece to half an inch all round as a seam allowance, then cut pieces of dupion silk and thin wadding the same size.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

I ironed the seam allowance to the reverse of the stitching, and then ironed the dupion silk to have similar seam allowances, so that they were identical sizes. I lightly tacked the thin wadding in position on the back of the stitching and then slip-stitched the lining to the stitched front, wrong sides together, using the back stitched border as a guide. The bottom of the ‘sandwiched’ piece was folded up to make a pocket, and the top part makes a deep flap.

Assembly of Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

Narrow sill ribbons are attached at the sides to keep the pocket closed when the ribbons are tied. This is the front:

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

And this is the back:

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It’s quite a small pocket – about 5 by 7 inches – but large enough to keep the smalls and a few skeins of thread in.

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

It would make a lovely project just as it is, to keep other things in, such as jewellery, but I want to keep going and stitch the smalls for it now  🙂

Completed Where stitchers gather etui by Victoria Sampler

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