This winter personalize your own Cashmere/ polyester/ cotton stole by giving it a cross stitched border!
You would need:
A stole/ shawl, different colored embroidery threads, a needle, a thread clipper/ scissors.
Mark the fabric
Draw lines on the fabric to mark where you want your crosses to go. As this is not a cross stitch fabric this step is quintessential before starting. Use a scale and pen to make perfect straight lines . The pen lines will not show once the design is complete. Here is how I had done mine.
Make half a cross
- Next take two strings of the embroidery thread and string them into your needle. Tie a knot on the end of the thread, click here to see an easy way of how to tie a knot for hand stitching.
- Follow the images to make your first half stitch.
Continue with the previous step and make many half crosses. As the fabric does not have marked points for stitches, be a little careful and try to maintain parallel lines as much as possible. With a little bit of initial practice this should not be hard.
Complete the crosses
Reverse the direction, to complete the crosses. Now that the ends are marked this step is easier.
Keep going, complete the crosses to make a whole line. Here are images of the completed line from front and back.
After the cross design is done, add contrast to it by adding a running stitch line with a different color thread.
Create a design however you would like it to be. I have here added another running stitch line using a black thread.
Here are images of my final design from front and back.
Happy winters! 😀