Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Ornament Round Reindeer Stitched


Create this design as a large-scale gift tag that doubles 
as a tree or wreath ornament. 
Nordic-style “stick figure” reindeer motif is 
hand cross stitched in a single color (or add contrast eye 
if desired) onto a doubled stitching layer, 
with opt. stitching buffer layer, front edge border and 
solid back round ornament silhouettes. 
Top “collar” accents are added front and back. 
Punch hole allows for tying decorative narrow ribbon or cord, 
adding hanging hook. 
Stitching chart included. 
Measures just under 3: wide x 4.125” tall when completed. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A stitching hole shape (2)
B buffer layer for stitching
C ornament front "frame"
D ornament back   E "collar" shapes (2)
2. Prepare the stitching shapes by poking through holes
to make sure any "crumbs" detach and can be
brushed away and removed. Easiest tool may be
a bent-open standard paperclip.
3. Layer and attach the stitching shapes, taking care
that all outer cut edges and stitching holes are
as precisely aligned as possible.
Once the stitching shapes are glued together,
place on a flat surface and press flat with a heavy,
flat weight such as a thick book, until thoroughly
dried, several hours or over night.
4. Assemble the supplies and tools for the embroidery
cross stitch, including red and ivory/cream 6-ply floss,
tapestry needle 24/26 size.
5. Cut a 36-40 inch length of floss, then separate
two single plies from the cut length.
6. Place the two plies together, then bend in half
to bring the four cut ends together, taking care
to even out the center loop where folded.
Thread the loops through the eye of the needle, then
pull the loop long, to leave 4-5" of the cut tails
beyond the needle eye. The loop is the long end.
7. Study the following diagram to learn how the cross stitches
are formed with a row of LEFT SLANT stitches across
the row, followed by the RIGHT SLANT stitches
coming back across the row. Always create the stitches
in the same fashion, to give the work a consistent
appearance. This may require changing the order
or placement of the numbered insertions.
8. Refer to the stitching diagram, either on screen
of from a printed copy, to identify the left end of
the bottom row of the reindeer body, where 
the first set of four "corner" holes will hold the first cross stitch 
of that row, on diagram and on stitching shape.
9. A) Insert the loaded needle UP from backside through
the top left of the four bottom left set of stitch holes.
B) Pull the the thread through, leaving approx. 5-6 inches
of the loop end still beyond the stitching surface.
C) Create the first RIGHT SLANT stitch by inserting
 the needle down through right bottom hole of the first
four of the first stitch set, then . . . 
. . . on the backside, insert the needle through
the loop and . . . 
. . . pull up tight.
10. Insert needle through the second "top" hole
on first body row, then . . . 
. . . complete the second RIGHT SLANT stitch.
Work downward to stitch the front-most foreleg
RIGHT SLANT stitches, then . . . 
. . . work back upward to complete the cross stitches
of that leg. Next, work toward right two more RIGHT SLANT
stitches, then down the second foreleg.
11. Continue the same procedure, working across body
bottom row to arrive at back legs and work downward
to complete those. Once the end of the first body row
is completed, work back toward left of work to complete
the LEFT SLANT stitches of that row.
12. When thread load has been used up, tie off
as follows:
A) carry thread to backside in the usual stitching process.
B) slide needle under 3-4 stitches, then . . . 
. . . pull thread fully through and trim excess next
to surface of stitching shape.
13. Continue to work the cross stitches upward
to complete reindeer, noting the "blank" place
that represents the "eye". Tie off at the end.
14. Position and attach the buffer cut out shape
on the backside of the stitched panel.
(This shape provides a place for the thread thickness
to lie without distorting the tree edges too much.)
15. Position and attach the front frame over
the stitching layers assembly.
16.  Position and attach the back whole ornament
17. Position and attach the accent collar shapes
on front and back.
Place the glued-up assembly under a heavy flat weight
until thoroughly dried.
18. Add a ribbon or cord knot and bow, and attach
to a decorative hook to complete the ornament.

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