Stitched with Hope and Love. Design Ambassador, Emily Mydlowski is joining us today sharing a cross-stitched linen rainbow card using the new Oval Hoops Designer Die Set.
Hi Friends, Emily here with you today sharing a rainbow cross-stitched card using the new EBE Oval Hoops dies. Because cross-stitching is my other crafty hobby, rather than using pierced paper for my stitching, I used a scrap piece of linen that I had in my cross-stitching stash. You could also use Aida Cloth or a pierced piece of cardstock using the EBE A2 Piercing Plate 1 or 2 for your cross-stitch material.
Preparing to Cross-Stitch
To get started, I created a quick cross-stitch rainbow pattern with my trusty pencil and some graph paper. After selecting a rainbow of embroidery floss colors, I separated the threads by pulling one strand at a time from six to three strands of floss. I used a needle threader to thread a round-end tapestry needle and started cross-stitching the red beam of the rainbow.
The Stitching Process
- From the backside of your fabric, bring your needle up through a hole in the front (holding the tail of the thread which you will secure by tucking in while you stitch your first few stitches).
- Pass your need through one hole over (diagonally) and bring your needle back up through the hole directly below your last stitch.
- Cross over your first diagonal stitch and pass your needle over (diagonally) to create your first “X”.
- Continue stitching your Xs while following the pattern to create your first rainbow beam. Follow-up with all the colors of the rainbow.
- When you are done with all your stitching, turn your project over and trim any extra hanging threads.
Stitching Tips & Tricks
- Use Fabric Fuse to adhere fabric/linen to cardstock die cuts.
- Cut your floss about 12-18 inches long; if you go any longer the thread may get knotted while you stitch.
- Separate your threads for easier stitching through smaller linen, Aida or paper holes. For my project, I used three threads for each color. I recommend 1-2 strands for pierced paper cross-stitching. To minimize any knotting while separating the threads, I separate each thread one at a time.
- Stitch your project first, then die cut. This way you can center your design inside the oval hoop design. You can also use the Oval Hoop Die to trace the shape with a light pencil to the linen/Aida cloth for an extra guide.
The Finishing Process (Fixing the Stitched Design to the Oval Hoops)
I cut the linen stitched rainbow using the largest Oval Hoop Designer Die. Using Liquid Fabric Fuze, I sandwiched the Stitched Rainbow between two heavy weight white cardstock Oval Frame Die Cuts which I then adhered (paper to paper) to an Oval Hoop Die Cut Backer. Then I adhered a gold foil die cut screw to the top of the Oval Hoop.
The Cardmaking Process
Using the EBE Color Me Strip Dies, I die cut several widths of white cardstock strips which I then impressed several stitched designs from the Stitching Lines Designer Dies. I adhered the stitched strips to a white card panel and the Rainbow Oval Hoop to the Stitched Strip background. The sentiments are from EBE Stitched Together which I stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. To finish the card, I added a white heart clay embellishment with Liquid Fabric Fuze to the center of the rainbow.
So there we are friends, a linen cross-stitched rainbow using the Oval Hoops Designer Dies. I hope you enjoyed my project today and it inspires you try some needle and thread on your next papercrafting projects. Thanks for stopping by and Big Paper Hugs!