Instructions

  1. Print Musical Angels Cross Stitch patterns.
  2. Zigzag or overcast edges of two 4- × 4-½-in. pieces of Aida cloth to prevent fraying. Fold each in half lengthwise and then in half crosswise to determine center and mark this point.
  3. Draw lines across charts connecting arrows to find center of charts. Begin stitching each at this point so designs will be centered.
  4. Working with 18-in. lengths of six-strand floss, separate strands and use two strands for cross-stitching and one strand for backstitching. Use four strands of blending filament for cross-stitching.
  5. Each square on the chart is equal to one stitch worked over a set of fabric threads.
  6. Use the colors indicated on the color key to complete cross-stitching, then backstitching.
  7. Do not knot floss on back of work. Instead, leave a short tail of floss on back of work and hold it in place while working the first few stitches over it. To end a strand, run needle under a few neighboring stitches in back before cutting floss close to work.
  8. When stitching is completed, and only if necessary, wash gently in lukewarm water. Press right side down on terry towel to dry.

Finishing:

  1. Pin one unstitched piece of Aida cloth to the back of one stitched piece with edges matching.
  2. Machine-stitch the two layers together, stitching one square outside border of stitched design and leaving a small opening for stuffing.
  3. Stuff lightly and stitch the opening closed.
  4. Repeat for the other design.
  5. Trim outside edges of each design five squares from stitching.
  6. To fringe edges, remove threads from Aida cloth to one square from stitching.
  7. Sew a 7-in. length of gold blending filament to back at top corners of each trim to make a hanging loop.