These gorgeous fruity cross stitch charts, designed by Claire Crompton, will give your kitchen a lift and inspire you to get stitching (and baking). The jar band could also be used on a bottle of apple wine or cider, adjusting the size to fit.
38h x 38w
7 x 7cm (2¾ x 2¾in)
You will need
- 13 x 13cm (4¾ x 4¾in) cream 14-count Aida
- Tapestry needle size 24
- DMC stranded cotton (floss) as listed in the chart key
- Gingham or patterned fabric for band and lid cover
- Jam jar with straight sides
1. Stitch the design from the jar band chart on the Aida fabric using two strands of stranded cotton for cross stitch and French knots.
2. Make up the jar band as follows. Trim the embroidery 2cm (¾in) beyond the widest measurements of the design. Turn under the raw edges by 1.5cm (⅝in) and tack (baste) down. Measure the height of the embroidered patch and add 5cm (2in) to this measurement. Measure around the jar circumference and add 5cm (2in). Cut two pieces of gingham or patterned fabric using these measurements. Centralize the patch on to one of the band pieces and tack (baste) in place. Sew the patch on to the band and remove the tacking.
3. Make the band by placing the two gingham fabric pieces right sides together. Join together along the top and bottom edges with a 1.5cm (⅝in) seam. Turn the band to the right side and press. Turn 1.5cm (⅝in) of the raw edges under to the wrong side and press. Wrap the band around the jar, overlapping one end, and pin in position. Remove from the jar, sew the ends together, remove pins and slip the band on to the jar.
4. To make the jar cover, measure the diameter of the jar top and add 8cm (3in). Cut a circle of patterned fabric using this measurement. Place on top of the jar and secure with a rubber band or thin ribbon.
To Make the Pot Holder
1. Stitch the design from the pot holder chart in the centre of a 14.5 x 14.5cm (5¾ x 5¾in) piece of Aida fabric using two strands of stranded cotton for cross stitch.
2. Trim the embroidery 2cm (¾in) beyond the widest measurements of the design shape, turn under the raw edges by 1.5cm (⅝in) and tack (baste) down. Centralise the patch on to a ready-made pot holder and stitch around all sides, removing the tacking when finished.
To Make the Tea Towel
To decorate a tea towel you will need 5cm (2in) wide cream Aida band 26 stitches wide. Cut a length 5cm (2in) longer than the width of your towel. Stitch the design from the tea towel chart over one block, beginning from the centre of the band and working outwards, using two strands of stranded cotton for cross stitch. Turn under the raw edges of the band by 1cm (⅜in) and tack (baste) down. Centralize the band on the tea towel, turn the edges over to the wrong side of the towel and tack into position. Stitch around the edges of the band and then remove tacking.
These charts were excerpted from Cross Stitch Countryside Collection.