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“I Love You” Valentine Cross-stitch

"I Love You" Valentine Cross-stitch

Materials Needed:

7” X 7” white Aida 14 count fabric
818 Pink DMC embroidery floss
963 Medium Pink DMC embroidery floss
Ecru DMC embroidery floss
838 Brown DMC embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
4” embroidery hoop (optional)
Masking tape
Water-erasable marking pen
4” X 5” piece of sticky back mounting board
4” X 5” piece of pink mat board with 3” X 4” cutout opening (optional)
Frame that will fit a 4” X 5” picture
4” X 5” piece of glass (optional)
Glazing points
Picture Frame Hanger

Cross-stitch directions:

Note: Always keep your hands and work area clean when handling the fabric and floss.

1) Tape the raw edges of the Aida fabric with tape to prevent edges from unraveling.
2) As you are working on the project, cut floss into manageable size lengths (about 12”). Each color of floss is made up of 6 plies. Separate the floss and use 3 plies for working cross-stitch. Thread the needle with the 3 plies of floss.
3) Locate the center of the Aida fabric and mark with a water-erasable marking pen. This is where you will start to count your stitches. Follow the colored diagram below to cross-stitch the heart onto the fabric; each square on the diagram is equal to one square on the Aida fabric. Refer to illustration “A” on how to do cross-stitching.

Cross-stitch Diagram

4) Work all cross-stitches first. Then referring to the diagram, use 1 ply of the brown to backstitch the outlines on the heart. Refer to illustration “B” on how to backstitch.
5) When finished, press with a warm iron.

Stitches Diagrams

Mounting and Framing:

1) Remove paper from sticky back mounting board and position cross-stitch in center of board. Press down onto board. Trim excess fabric even with the edges of the board.
2) Assemble as shown in illustration below.

Assembling Frame

3) Press in the glazing points into the back of the frame according to package instructions.
4) Add picture frame hanger on back according to package instructions.

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