View PatternView PatternView PatternView PatternSewing PatternFleur de Couleur cross stitch Decorations Gifts 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 TemplateEssentialsBlack or white Aida, fabric count 148” embroidery hoopDMC 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 List15.25cm diameterWork a colourful hanging1 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.comTo find out more about Jamie’s latest projects and events, visit mrxstitch.com. You can also purchase his patterns at etsy.com/shop/mrxstitch Other Popular Makes... Easy floral hot water bottle coverPatchwork & QuiltingDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)When the weather gets nippy, cosy up with Jenny Arnott’s hot floral Lizzie TunicGarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)The simple silhouette of this outfit by Julia Claridge is ideal for spring and summer wardrobes. Sewn in a beautifully Pyjama bottomsGarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Patterned trousers are no longer restricted to nightwear, as fun and funky designs brighten the high street teamed with simple Flora Pyjama SetQuick makesDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Making PJs should be just as easy as wearing them, like this cute floral combo by Corinne Bradd – which even Liberty HedgehogAnimals Children ToysDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)The crowning glory of this cuddly hedgehog by Cheryl Owen is its soft and tactile shaggy spines. They are easy Stuart Hillard’s Garden Tote and KneelerGifts Home makes Outdoors Sewing BeeDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)With the arrival of spring, many will be preparing to get out in the garden for some much-needed maintenance after PopularRecent Easy floral hot water bottle cover Dave Dachshund Free Sewing Pattern Downloads Floaty Floral Three Quarter Sleeved Dress Stuffed Fabric Letters Art Gallery Fabric Unicorn Toy Retro Mixtape Cushion Tweed Chicken Doorstop Make Your Own Bodycon Dress Sewing Bee Sleeveless Shell Top Sewing Bee Shift Dress Wiggle Dress Easy floral hot water bottle cover Lizzie Tunic Pyjama bottoms Flora Pyjama Set Liberty Hedgehog Stuart Hillard’s Garden Tote and Kneeler No-Pattern Button Skirt Draped jersey top Nautical Doorstop Tissue Pouch Bowling Set No-pattern dressing gown Get all of your sewing essentials sent straight to your inbox! Please keep me up to date with regular emails from Sew MagazineYou need to tick the box above to confirm you want to recieve emails We have sent you a confirmation email, please confirm it.