Keep the spirit of Mardi Gras alive all year long with a bejeweled crown interpreted in cross stitch.. This simple design looks like a million doubloons when embellished with plastic rhinestones and metallic braid. When working, keep in mind that the design is wider than it is taller. Design can stand on its’ own, but a little bling gives it a big pop. The embellishments are optional, but it would be fun to decorate the crown with souvenir beads and coins! Use a dab of glue to adhere jewels on the finished design. Let dry overnight.
14 count aida cloth in white cut a minimum of 7x9 inches
DMC embroidery floss one skein each of: #307 lemon, #320 pistachio green, med., white, #208 lavender,very dark Feel free to use any matching metallics
Embroidery needle size 24, it has blunt point and a large eye
Assorted plastic rhinestones in the colors gold, purple and green,
Thin metallic trims or ribbons and other fancy threads
Tacky glue or fabric glue
Frame of choice with a size 5x7 inch opening
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To begin, find the center of the graph. Then find the center of your fabric. To easily do this, fold the fabric in half vertically and horizontally. Where it makes a corner, give it a pinch. When you open up the fabric, the pinch mark will be the center. Embroidery floss is made up of 6 strands. Pull out a 36 in length and cut. Use two of these strands to thread the needle. To start the stitching, insert the needle from back to front, leaving a one inch tail. Do not make any knots, but work the stitches over the tail to fasten it down. Cross stitches are worked in two parts. First make a row of half stitches that look like this:////////. Then go back and cross them with stitches that look like this: \\\\. When finished, the stitches will look like XXXX.