Feb 2021
Feb 2021

Sewing Pattern

Fleur de Couleur cross stitch

Decorations Gifts
fb-big twitter-big email-big pin-big
 Login to download

This colourful floral cross stitch by Jamie Chalmers, AKA Mr X Stitch, was inspired by the vibrancy of a Californian poppy in the sunlight, and the diverse petal formations of dahlias. The design is also based on a basic colour wheel, showing the primary and secondary colours that exist within the spectrum. You can cross stitch it onto white fabric if you like, although it will really pop against a black background – the choice is yours.

 Login to download
Essentials
  1. Black or white Aida, fabric count 14
  2. 8” embroidery hoop
  3. DMC embroidery threads: lemon (307), light lemon (445) dark pewter grey (413), dark steel grey (414), very dark cranberry (600), burnt orange-red (606), tangerine (740), light tangerine (742), dark carnation (891), very light carnation (894), medium parrot green (906), light parrot green (907), medium electric blue (996), electric blue (3843)
Dimensions List
  1. 15.25cm diameter

Work a colourful hanging

    1 Download and print the colour chart using the button above. Fold your Aida in half both ways to form a cross-shaped crease in the centre, then secure in a hoop so the crease is in the middle and the fabric is smooth and taut.

    2 Work the design according to the chart, starting from the middle and working outwards. The colour key at the bottom of the chart will tell you which threads to use for each part of the design.

    3 If you run out of thread or come to the end of the section you’re stitching and need to secure off, take your needle under three or four stitches on the underside of your work. Pull the needle through and snip off the excess. The thread end will be held by the stitches and be nicely tucked away.

    4 When the cross stitch is complete, remove from the hoop, pre-rinse under cold running water, then wash gently in cold water with a small amount of mild detergent or dishwashing liquid. Rinse several times until the water runs clear – don’t worry if the water becomes coloured. Roll the piece between two clean towels, squeezing gently without wringing – do not allow the cross stitch to touch upon itself.

    5 Unroll the towels and spread to dry on a fresh towel or drying rack. Leave to air dry until just damp so that it can be ironed. Place the cross stitch face down between two clean towels (to protect the stitches from being crushed) and press lightly with a warm (but not hot) iron. Use the steam setting to remove any creases if necessary. Frame your work, either in the embroidery hoop or a picture frame.

    For more projects like this, check out Jamie’s book, The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch, £12.99, searchpress.com

    To find out more about Jamie’s latest projects and events, visit mrxstitch.com. You can also purchase his patterns at etsy.com/shop/mrxstitch

fb-big twitter-big email-big pin-big

Other Popular Makes...

Celebration Party Wand

Celebration Party Wand

Dimensions:
XS-XL (8-16)

Making this project with your little darling is a fantastic bonding activity. Simply do more or less preparation work before…

Charlotte Playsuit

Charlotte Playsuit

Dimensions:
XS-XL (8-16)

Is your heart set on retro style? With this playsuit from Posner & Posner you can recreate a chic yet…

Sophia Top

Sophia Top

Dimensions:
XS-XL (8-16)

We were drawn to seersucker stripes for Amanda Walker’s off-the-shoulder number, designed with hot sunny days in mind! What’s more, this…

Mermaid Skirt

Mermaid Skirt

Dimensions:
XS-XL (8-16)

Introducing this month's embroidery challenge: the buttonhole stitch. Perfect for edging, outlining and filling, here it's been used to create…

Japanese-inspired Bento Bag

Japanese-inspired Bento Bag

Dimensions:
XS-XL (8-16)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this useful carryall, the bento bag is a Japanese-inspired accessory where you can…

Belle Pleated Skirt

Belle Pleated Skirt

Dimensions:
XS-XL (8-16)

Stylish, comfortable and perfect for jet-set breaks, meet Amanda Walker’s latest design! This no-pattern make is a fabulous starting project for…