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ATCs For September

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Flower Power
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lorraine Grimshaw, Swansea, Wales
Information: The main part of this Assisi rose design is stitched in a variegated floss, but the backstitching and border are stitched in rose-scented DMC (the fabric is white 18-count aida). The backing card has a pale blue floral design and I cut the edges with fancy-blade scissors for the scalloped effect. Finally, I finished the ATC with some rose-coloured ribbon and pearls.

The design is a freebie from Needlework Tips and Techniques.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter B
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Lynn Stevens, Surrey, UK
Information: I liked the simplicity of this art nouveau letter with the highly stylised rose. It also gave me another chance to stitch with my rose-scented DMC! The letter itself, and the backstitching on the rose, is in Belle Soie silk – the design is stitched on white 14-count perforated paper. The backing card is the same pale blue floral card I used for the Flower Power ATC and cut the edges with the same fancy-edged scissors, but turned the other way for a different finish. Finally, I added three glittery butterfly embellishments which are raised from the card by using 3D sticky foam for a bit of added depth.

The design is from the December 2009 issue of CrossStitcher Magazine – Art Nouveau ABC by Diane Machin. It was the featured Alphabet of the Month.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Pigs
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Anna Itsma, Netherlands
Information: This is my first ATC for exchange with this group and I adore pigs, so I wanted to stitch something sweet. Pigs often get a bad rep for being stinky and dirty, so This Little Piggy is pristinely clean and sweetly scented as I once more used my rose-scented DMC on white 18-count aida. I covered the plain white backing card with some pretty pink hand-made paper and added a flower cut from some wrapping paper in the bottom left corner. Next I cut the edges with wavy-edged scissors and finished it all off by adding some tiny pink crystal embellishments (the top one is a tiny heart).

The design is part of a larger farmyard sampler (Sheep, Pig and More) from Cross Stitchers Club. I added the text myself.

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Flower Power
Stitched by: Rachel Bailey, Wales, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: This very clever and effective Flower Power ATC was designed by Rachel especially for this exchange. I love how the lettering is incorporated into the centre of the flower – ingenious! The colours are so cheery and vibrant – they really pop!

Group: Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Letter B
Stitched by: Emma Rowlett, Telford, UK
Sent to: Me!
Information: This cute snake looped through the letter is just so sweet! I love how Emma carried the theme off the fabric with the stickers spelling “hisss”, and the wavy-edged card – so effective.

Group: Addicted to Cross Stitch ATCs
Theme: Pigs
Stitched by: Karen Beaton, Melton, Australia
Sent to: Me!
Information: I adore this rainy day pig splashing in the puddles. And those rainbow-coloured raindrops are so gorgeous and sparkly. Just adorable through and through!

 

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Cross Stitched Bookmarks Exchange

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Exchange: Cross Stitched Bookmarks
Design: Scalloped Bookmark – Kincavel Krosses
Stitched by: Me!
Sent to: Faith Allaire, Gales Ferry, Connecticut, USA
Information: Stitched on brown 14-count perforated paper in Anchor 1335 variegated floss with pink seed beads. Backed with white self-adhesive felt and finished with a multi-coloured tassel made with the same floss.

The aim of the exchange was to create bookmarks that weren’t strictly rectangular, so I stitched this piece on perforated paper so I could cut the scalloped shape around the stitching, It was fiddly, but I thought the end result was quite pretty. The only change I would make if I were doing it again would be to use a dark-coloured perforated paper (perhaps navy or black) to make the colour of the floss stand out more. It looks brighter when you see it for real, but it doesn’t really show in the photographs.

Group: Cross Stitch Forum
Exchange: Cross Stitched Bookmarks
Design: ?
Stitched by: Kute Kitty
Sent to: Me!
Information: Stitched on white 18-count aida, backed with interfacing and finished with a tiny scissors charm.

I love the quote on this bookmark, and as I have two huge bookcases filled with books and still more overflowing in piles around my home, it’s particularly fitting! The cover of the book (which is stitched in a terracotta colour) is edged with gold metallic thread to add a little extra sparkle. I love it!

Mothers’ Day Card

Design: Matka Boska (monochromatic) by xhaftx (free design)
Materials: Brown 14-count perforated paper; Anchor 1302 (variegated); DMC 3770; brown marbled card

The original design has a halo above the heads (I suspect it’s actually meant as a Christmas card), but as my mother is one of the least religious people I know, I omitted them from the design, leaving just the mother and child. I loved the effect of the creamy tones in the variegated floss for the figures – it kept them from being more static, as I suspect they may have been if stitched in monochrome (although, I have actually seen it stitched beautifully in blue).

Rather than just affix the stitched paper to a pre-made card, I thought I’d try something a little different. I stitched a message for inside the card on another piece of perforated paper and backed them both with a thin marble-effect brown card which toned beautifully. Then I blanket-stitched the left-hand edges of the perforated paper together to make the card and hey presto!

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out and I hope my Mam will like it too.

Mothers’ Day Bookmarks

Design: Freebie kit from Cross Stitch Crazy Magazine issue 136
Materials: Kit from magazine; blue self-adhesive felt

I changed the lettering on part of the chart to read “Grom” instead of “Mum” (the word was also originally in chunkier lettering which I wasn’t very keen on anyway) and left out the random stitches that were scattered across the bookmark as I preferred how it looked without. When it was all stitched, I backed the bookmark with blue self-adhesive felt. This is a Mothers’ Day gift for my Grom.

Design: Freebie from Mia Stitch
Materials: white 14-count perforated paper; DMC 92 variegated floss (green); green self-adhesive felt

The original design is the outer edge only, so I filled in the centre with two very simple inner borders of stitching that would not detract from the outer design. I then backed the bookmark with green self-adhesive felt and carefully cut around the design one hole out from the stitching so that the bookmark would have an irregular edge, making a nice change from the usual rectangular shape. This is a Mothers’ Day gift for my Mam.

Assissi Birthday Card and Aquarius/Initial Keyring

Design: from Flower Power by Maria Diaz
Materials: white 14-count perforated paper; various Red Heart and freebie flosses; decorative paper; metallic card; card flower

My friend, Slav’ka, is a big fan of cross stitched items, so I decided to surprise her with a cross stitched birthday card (Happy birthday, Slav’ka!). The design is part of a larger, nine-block Assisi design which was in a booklet that came free on Cross Stitcher Magazine a while back and I had been dying to try it out, so I selected four of the blocks and stitched them on perforated paper using various flosses I had to hand. The pink metallic card showed through the holes on the design, so I backed it with some pale blue decorative paper, leaving a small overlap, and then finished the card by adding a pale pink glittery card flower which was a similar shape to the stitched ones.


Design:
Kell Smurthwaite
Materials: ecru 14-count aida; Trebla 51 variegated floss; soft toy stuffing; keyring hoop; ribbon

Also for Slav’ka’s birthday, I thought I’d stitch this little keyring with her initial and zodiac sign (Aquarius). As the designs were very simple and small, it didn’t take long to stitch them and then I just whip-stitched the two pieces together, back to back, filling it with toy stuffing and stitching the piece of ribbon (already looped through the keyring hoop) into place.