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|No Pattern Used: 2013-2 (Cross Stitch Bookmark) - Type:Crafts|
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|Reviewed by:||Judy Kski|
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|Posted on:||7/19/13 5:08 PM |
|Last Updated:||7/20/13 12:48 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Cross stitch design found in "Cross Stitch & Country Crafts magazine dated Sept/Oct '87 on page 2. |
Pattern Sizing: Design centered on 4" x 8" 18-count ivory Aida cloth.
Did it look like the photo/drawing in the magazine photo once you were done cross stitching it? Yes, it looked very similar to the photo of the bookmark (page 26) that Connie Meyer had made for the contest. She won 2nd Prize in the competition.
Were the instructions easy to follow? As long as you still have the eyesight to be able to do cross stitch, you're O. K. I completed the cross stitch portion of this UFO well before I had to start wearing readers.
Fabric Used: 18-count Aida cloth for the cross stitch portion and 100% cotton for the lining and backing.
WHERE I BEGAN WITH THE UFO
BEFORE Photo of UFO
This UFO has been in my UFO box for quite some time. The date on the magazine where I found the pattern is September/October 1987 and I started the cross stitching not long after I received it in the mail. There are many reasons why it has taken this long to complete, but the main thing is that it is finally done.
Before becoming a UFO, I had zig-zagged the edges of the completed piece to prevent fraying. Then, they were turned under 1/2" and the corners were mitered. Note the characteristic diagonal line in all four corners.
STEPS TO COMPLETE THE BOOKMARK FOR THE UFO CONTEST
1. Attaching the Lace: I didn't want the look of a SM stitch to mare the surface of the Aida cloth, so the cluny lace was hand stitched to the back of the bookmark very close to the edge. This was to allow as much of the beautiful lace to be exposed as possible, but still have enough room to attach the backing. Using a perfectly matched thread, I wove the stitches through the holes of the Aida cloth, much in the same way I used those same holes to complete the cross stitch pattern. I stitched up one hole and down the next, all the way around the perimeter of the piece. To get the lighting I needed to complete this close work, I utilized two standing lamps, one of which was an OTT light. A hand-held magnifying glass came in handy to aid my eyes in seeing the details as I completed this time consuming task. I took care to shape the corners and get them to lay flat without distorting them. After hand stitching the lace all the way around, I came back and smoothed out the corners on both the front and back of the lace.
At the bottom of the bookmark, the ends of the lace have been joined. I sewed a seam between the two ends and stitched the SA's flat along the back and bottom edge.
Bookmark with Cluny Lace attached
2. Inserting the Interfaced Lining: I cut a piece of thin lining (original backing fabric) large enough to fit inside the pocket created when the edges were turned under 1/2" and mitered. Before inserting it, I attached fusible interfacing to give it some stability and help cut down on bleed through on the wrong side. It slipped easily inside and just behind the cross stitching. Below are BEFORE and AFTER photos:
Back of Bookmark BEFORE Lining Insertion
Back of Bookmark AFTER Lining Insertion
3. Attaching the Backing: The original fabric in the bag with the supplies for this UFO turned out to be way too thin, even when doubling it up. I ended up using a quilting cotton from my stash that was much beefier and did the job much better. I cut three different size backings before I got the exact size I wanted to encapsulate everything. The third piece measured 3 5/16" x 7 1/2". To prepare the fabric, I basted contrasting thread 1/2" from all four edges, pressed to the RS along that basting line and removed the basting stitches. I placed it WS out because I wanted a muted version of the printed fabric to show. The backing was just large enough to cover the cluny lace, but small enough to fit just inside the outer edges. I then pinned and hand stitched the backing to the bookmark.
Bookmark with Backing Attached
Would you cross stitch it again? Would you recommend it to others? This bookmark was a LOT of work. Many hours were spent just doing the cross stitch portion of this project. Add to that the many hours of hand stitching to add the cluny lace as well as the backing piece in order to finish it off. No, this was a once in a lifetime type gift. I brought it for Show & Tell at an ASG Neighborhood Group meeting the other day and the members asked if I was sure I was going to give the bookmark away. I'm still thinking about that....
Conclusion: I was never so glad to see a project finally completed. This one was very tedious which probably accounts for why it stayed buried in my UFO box for so long.
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