My cross stitch explorations took a hands-on turn last night. Here’s what I made:
This little turkey (he’s 3″ square) adorns the corner of a gingham napkin. The pattern (which I found in a 1910 issue of Needlecraft) was meant to be used for gitteryl embroidery, a technique that I think is a kind of darned filet embroidery (but I need to learn more; this term is elusive). I don’t know a whole lot about this type of needlework yet, but its designs–a basic grid using negative and positive space to create an image–adapt well to a simple cross stitch design in a single shade.
I hope to finish the entire set of napkins by Thanksgiving Day. Do your Thanksgiving plans include any stitching projects? Want to make your own turkey? I’ve created a printable pattern, so just click to download your own Turkey Cross Stitch pdf. Enjoy!