Cross-stitched grape motif adds color and fun to kitchen towels, hot pads, aprons, curtains and more.
- Chart below
- Huck weave towel with 4-inch x 5-1/4-inch 14-count cross-stitch
insert (Carrie used a Charles Craft towel)
- DMC six-strand embroidery floss in colors listed on color key
- Size 26 tapestry needle
- Download and print cross-stitch chart, color key and stitch illustrations.
- Fold Aida cloth insert in half lengthwise, then fold it in half crosswise and mark where the folds intersect.
- Draw lines across chart, connecting opposite arrows. Begin stitching where the lines intersect for a centered design.
- Each square on the chart represents one cross-stitch. The color and/or symbol inside each square, along with the color key, tells which color of six-strand embroidery floss to use to make the cross-stitches. Wide lines on the chart show where to work backstitches. See Fig. 1 on stitch illustrations.
- Use 18-inch lengths of floss. Longer strands tend to tangle and fray. Separate the strands and thread the tapestry needle with two strands for all stitching.
- To begin stitching, leave a 1-inch tail of embroidery floss on back of work and hold the tail in place while working the first few stitches over it. To end stitching, run the needle under a few stitches in back before clipping the floss close to work.
- When all stitching is complete, and only if necessary, gently wash the stitched piece in lukewarm water. Press right side down on a terry towel to dry.
FINISHED SIZE: Towel is about 15 inches wide x 25 inches long. Design area measures about 4 inches x 5-1/4 inches.
Cross-Stitch Kitchen Towel craft originally sent in by Carrie Bergherm of College Place, Washington.