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You will need
1 piece of Zweigart Belfast 32 count evenweave Linen fabric c. 25cm square
1 ball DMC Pearl Cotton No 8 - Black or equivalent silk thread
2 skeins DMC Stranded Cotton Black - 310 or equivalent silk thread
2 skein DMC Stranded Cotton Black Brown - 337 or equivalent silk thread
1 pack Mill Hill Petite Glass Beads, Gold 40557
Sewing Kit including scissors, Size 24 Tapestry or equivalent Crewel Needles,
Size 10 Sharp or Beading Needles, Sewing Cotton to match the colour of the beads.
Design area 18.4 x 18.4 cm on 32 count evenweave linen fabric
Skill level required Beginner to Intermediate
Note The chart is divided into four sections, each file is numbered 1 through 4, in the following order: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right. There is an overlap of 1 square on the inner edges of each section. Use the overlaps and the centre arrows to position the sections in relation to each other. Only stitch the overlapping sections ONCE.
How to work this design
For the best results, mount your fabric on a slate frame. Alternatively, use a roller frame or hoop to keep your fabric taut and your stitching even.
1. Stitch the blackwork outlines shown in thick grey lines on the chart with 1 strand of DMC Pearl Cotton No 8 Black or equivalent silk thread and a size 24 Tapestry or equivalent Crewel Needle using straight line stitches such as Back Stitch, Running Back Stitch or Double Running Stitch.
Stitch Diagrams and hints on Precision Blackwork Techniques can be found on the following web page:
2. Stitch the filling patterns shown in thin black lines on the chart in the same way using a smaller needle and 1 strand of DMC Stranded Cotton Black - 310 or equivalent silk. You may wish to use a smaller needle.
3. Stitch the text in Cross Stitch using 2 strands of DMC Stranded Cotton - Black Brown 337.
4. Attach beads where marked with a grey circle on the chart with a Cross Stitch using 2 strands of thread which matches the colour of the beads. The first part of the stitch will go through the beads, and the second over the bead, leaving it sitting securely between the the 2 strands.
5. Remove your work from the frame. Lace onto a piece of conservation grade mountboard ready for framing.
Copyright (c) Leon Conrad - September 2001. All rights reserved.
You may download this chart free of charge for personal, non-commercial use.
Leon Conrad has asserted his right to be identified as the designer of this work and author of this text in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988.