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OHAI,

Thank you for ordering this automagically-delivered PDF cross stitch pattern
from Steotch Fine New England Needleart.

In this PDF you will find:

- Some directions.
- The “Info Sheet” with a photo of the completed pattern and legend to
symbols used in the pattern.
- The pattern itself.

If you’ll be printing the pattern, please do so in COLOR.

The pattern is for Aida fabric. Evenweave fabrics may not work for some of the
stitches we use.

If you find a mistake, don’t snitch. Drop us a note at steotch@gmail.com

This pattern is for your private use, and is not licensed for commercial use (so
please don’t share the pattern, or stitch the pattern for online sale).

Best weoshes,

Emily & Matt


HOW DO I DO THIS?

1. Note that each "string" of floss is 6 separate strands. Take out one strand `(leaving 5 remaining).
You'll fold this in half to make two strands. All cross stitches are made with two strands, and all
backstitching uses one strand, unless otherwise noted in the pattern.

2. Locate the center of the pattern: there are two small black arrows marking the midpoint across the
top and down the left side of the chart- follow these to the middle to find the center of your pattern.
Approximate the center of your fabric, and find a section nearby to begin stitching. While it's possible to
begin stitching anywhere, if you stitch outward from the center, you're assured that you won't run out
of fabric before you reach the edge of the pattern.

3. To complete the sampler, you want to transfer what you see on the chart to your fabric. Each square
on the pattern represents one square of fabric. A square of fabric is inside a box of 4 holes- both the
chart and the fabric are a grids. The different symbols on the chart are matched to the colors of thread
to stitch those squares.

4. To start, take your single strand of floss and fold it in half. Thread the two ends through the eye of
your needle. Now you have 2 strands of floss connected by a loop at the end. Find the square you wish
to start your stitch in, and from the back of the fabric, bring your needle through the bottom left hole.
Don't pull the thread all the way through! Cross the square to the upper right hole, and push your
needle through it. Turn the fabric over to the back and find the loop that holds the two threads
together. Pass your needle through the loop and pull your thread to tighten- now your thread is
attached to the fabric and you can continue stitching.

5. Now might be a good time to go to the liquor cabinet and select a nice smooth rum. We like Old
Monk, which is dark and rich, without the bite commonly associated with many other spiced rums.

6. This pattern contains a multitude of stitch types, including cross stitches ("X"), backstitching (" - ")
and various fractional stitches. Cross sitches are made just like they look, like "X"s. You can either work
in one direction across a row ("////") (these are called Half Stitches) and then back across the row in the
opposite direction ("\\\\"), or work each "X" individually ("/" "\"). Working half stitches across and back
("//// \\\\") works best for stitching horizontally, and individual "X"s work best for stitching vertically.
the important thing is that you want all of your "X"s to be consistent. The top thread of the "X"s should
always cross in the same direction, or your finished sampler will look uneven.

7. There are two different Fractional Stitches in this sampler; Quarter Stitches and "Long Diagonal"
stitches. To complete these stitches, you'll have to look closely at the weave of the Aida fabric. Notice
that each square is comprised of four fibers woven up and down, and four fibers woven across. To
complete the fractional stitch, you will have to stitch between these fibers.

8. On the pattern, a Quarter Stitch will look like half of a square, divided down the diagonal.
This stitch is made by coming up from the corner of the
square opposite the diagonal, and down into the center
of the square. Your stitch can begin from any corner of
the square, depending on the particular design of the
pattern. Try not to pierce the fibers of the fabric; gently
separate them with your needle- it will slide easily into
the space where the fibers cross the center of the square.
Don't worry if it looks sloppy when you stitch it- you'll go over the quarter stitches with backstitching
later, and it'll look sweet.

These are completed quarter stitches from a different


design.

*9. The other stitch you will encounter on this pattern


is the "Long Diagonal" stitch, a Steotch specialty.
Don't look for it on other cross stitch patterns- it's
fairly exclusive to our designs, and totally ninja. Once you understand the process, you'll see that it's
really easy!

In these stitches, you will see three small squares in one pattern square,
and another tiny square in an adjacent square, such that they make up a
diagonal across two pattern squares. To make this stitch (and truly
be a ninja), you need to identify the four fibers running in each
direction of the square of Aida fabric.

To make the stitch with the three small


squares, you will plunge the needle into the fabric 3 fibers in
each direction (up/down, and over), leaving one fiber in each
direction (up/down and over) between the needle and the hole
(see figure).

Don't forget to complete the cross stitch, finishing the


"X," unless the pattern requires you to make the half
stitch first (see figure). Remember, you want all of the
top threads of your stitches to be consistent.

To make the stitch with the one small square inside


the pattern square, use the same technique as
before, only cross just one fiber in each direction (up/down and across). It's a very small stitch!

This pattern will have you complete the squares with the inverse stitches in a different color. You'll go
over it in backstitching afterward, at which point, you'll declare the design looks fly as hell.
9. Backstitching is stitched in straight lines just like it looks on the chart. Because it is often used to
outline or detail an image on the pattern, it is important to always make your cross stitches before you
begin backstitching.

10. French Knots are used in this pattern. They may seem intimidating if you've never tried stitching
them before, but with practice, you'll find them easy, and appreciate the detail they bring to your
needlework.

To complete the French knot, bring your needle up where the knot is placed on the pattern. Point your
needle back down towards the fabric and wrap the thread around your needle twice. With the thread
wound around, insert the needle back into the fabric close to where your needle came up (not in the
very same space, or your knot won't stay on the front of the sampler- perhaps move one fiber away
from that spot). As you pull the needle back through the fabric, the knot will slide down into place. If
you've never tried them before, you might want to practice a few French knots along the margins of
your fabric. There are also many tutorials online if you need additional assistance- videos, too.

12. When you finish stitching a section with your thread, turn to the back of your fabric, and pass the
needle under a few completed stitches, to hold your thread in place. While it's tempting to secure your
thread with knots, you can frequently see them from the front of your fabric, so try to avoid tying knots
in your thread; weaving it under completed stitches should be sufficient. Cut the thread and, if it's long
enough, reserve it for use in another part of the pattern, if necessary.

13. Try to keep your stitches even as you are working- you want them to lie flat against the cloth, but
not so tight that they bunch up the fabric. Don’t sweat it if you eff things up a few hundred times. Every
stitcher miscounts from time to time, and it's easy to take the stitches out, just be patient and gentle.

14. Sometimes you will need to carry your thread across the back of your fabric, to reach another
section of the pattern. Dark bras threads are often visible behind white fabric, and especially through
the holes, so it's sometimes preferable to avoid crossing long spans of fabric by securing and cutting
your thread and starting your stitches again in the new section.
15. When you are not stitching, be sure to store your needlework somewhere safe and clean. Pin your
needle somewhere along the edge of your fabric, outside of your stitching area, and put your work in a
zipped plastic bag or another enclosure to keep it clean and free of dust.

16. Some people prefer to wash their needlework once they have finished stitching. If you wish, you
may wash it in cold water with a small amount of a gentle liquid detergent. Do not wring it dry, but
rather roll it between clean towels. Press your piece gently with a warm iron if needed- don't burn your
fabric!

17. Frame or finish your piece as you desire- it fits perfectly in a 5x7 frame, or a larger frame with a 5x7
mat.

18. Keep your sampler prominently displayed where it can be seen by your haters.

Fin
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