Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Tag Tree Cross Stitch

Layered combo tag features simple triangle tree with 
reinforced cross stitching panel, front window cutout, 
solid back panels which are assembled then mounted 
on a classic rectangle tag. 
Stick tree “stripes” stitching panel can be modified as desired 
(see Card Kit A6 Christmas Trees Cross Stitch 
separate design for one option). 
Measures approx. 2.625” wide (bottom of tree) 
x 4” (tag) when assembled. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A tree stitching shapes with stitching holes (2)
B stitching buffer layer
C tree front frame layer
D tree back solid layer
E tag (2 for front and back)
F header accent shape (2)
G reinforcement oval ring (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. Refer to the stitching diagram, either on screen
of from a printed copy, to identify the left end of
the bottom row, where the first set of four "corner"
holes will hold the first cross stitch of that row,
on diagram and on stitching shape.
8. 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.

9.  (NOTE the following few images are showing cream floss from
a different, similar project.)
 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. Continue to create the RIGHT SLANT stitches
working across the row.
When the stitching reaches the location of
the "trunk" pair of vertical stitches, pause 
the horizontal stitching to move downward
to complete the two trunk cross stitches.
Then continue up to the bottom row and work
the remaining stitches across
11. Complete the "red" alternate row stitching
plus the trunk up the center of the tree.
12. When the current thread load is used up,
or when stitching needs to be ended, move needle
through to the backside, insert needle under 3-4
stitch loops,  push/pull needle through . . .
. . . and pull thread fully through. Trim thread excess
even with backside shape surface.
13. Tie on the contrast (cream) 4 ply needle load
and stitch the alternate rows bottom to top. 
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 stitched assembly on the front
of the offset accent tree shape.
16. Position and attach the whole back shape.
17. Prepare the tag base layers by positioning
and attaching the header accent shapes at the top
of front and back tag. Also position and attach
the slot oval "ring" reinforcement shapes
onto front and back.
18. Place the front and back tag base assembly back-to-back
and glue together.
19. Position and attach the stitched tree assembly
onto the front of the tag.
20. Add one or two lengths of ribbon,
threaded through slot, tied with twine
to finish tag.

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