STITCH IT URSELF

Hosted by Kelp of Bay Area Kei

Panel airs: Saturday, May 29th, 9:00 PM PDT / 12:00 AM EDT

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DIVINE URSINE
Approx. 32 x 21 stitches

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MATERIALS

REQUIRED:

  • Fabric (14-count Aida is typical) 

  • Needle (size 24 tapestry for 14-count Aida) 

  • Floss (2 colors: bear silhouette, constellation) 

  • Embroidery hoop (4” or larger) 

  • Small scissors (thread snips or embroidery scissors)

OPTIONAL:

  • Pinking shears 

  • Needle threader 

  • Variegated floss (for bear silhouette) 

  • Metallic floss/pearl cotton/embroidery thread (for constellation, French knot ‘stars’,  optional back-stitched bear outline) 

  • Thread wax/conditioner (for metallic threads)

  • Seed beads, beading needle (size 10~12) – if replacing French knots with beads

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NOTES

  • The darker the cloth, the harder it is to see when stitching! 

  • Variegated floss can be used for the bear silhouette to achieve a heathered/gradient effect – see “Stitch It Urself” panel for further details 

  • If using metallic thread/floss, consider using thread wax/conditioner

  • Constellation is back-stitched jumping from each point (i.e. not square by square)

  •      denotes a French knot – seed beads can be used instead

  •      denotes a ¾ fractional stitch 

  • Bear silhouette can be optionally outlined with a back-stitch

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REPAIR BEAR

Approx. 135 x 128 stitches

Design Size: 9.6 in by 9.1 in (14 count)

MATERIALS

REQUIRED:

  • Fabric (see Notes for suggested fabrics) 

  • Needle (size 24 tapestry for 14c Aida, size 24 chenille/sharp for 14c waste canvas)

  • Floss (example uses DMC Blanc for all stitches) 

  • Embroidery hoop (10” recommended) 

  • Small scissors (thread snips or embroidery scissors)

OPTIONAL:

  • Waste canvas or printable stabilizer (to transfer design onto fabric) 

  • Stabilizer/interfacing (if using a lightweight or stretch fabric) 

  • Pinking shears 

  • Needle threader

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NOTES

  • Pattern appears in three sizes: single-page, “Actual Size” (across two pages), and  multipage (across four pages) 

    • “Actual Size” printed at 100% on Letter size paper should correspond to 14 count  (check!) – this is to help design placement or for those using printable stabilizer 

    • Multipage is large and easy-to-read. Be careful when assembling, as the grid  contains no overlap. Use the single-page pattern to double-check 

  • Design is one color as shown – feel free to change it up! 

  • Large blocks (“Ursa Motors” and flourish, neckerchief, etc.) may be worked with a satin type stitch to save time and/or provide a visual contrast to cross-stitched sections 

  • Certain details (stitching on bear’s face, pockets, paw detail, etc.) may be substituted  with a backstitch for finer detailing 

  • To stitch onto a garment or other fabric item (like a tote bag), please note the following: 

    • Non-stretch, single-layer bottomweight fabrics work best – but lightweight  fabrics can be used if design area is reinforced with stabilizer or interfacing

    • Kelp recommends using waste canvas to cross-stitch on fabric – 14 count  waste canvas is readily available at most major craft stores, and can be easily  basted onto fabric to provide an Aida cloth-like work surface 

    • Other embroidery products allow you to print an embroidery design onto paper  that can be affixed to the fabric, then torn away or dissolved in water once  finished – this is helpful if you wish to shrink or enlarge the design 

    • Remember to use a chenille or sharp needle when stitching heavier fabrics – tapestry or ballpoint needles will have trouble piercing through 

    • Be careful with design placement – stitching over seams (particularly flat-felled  seams common to denim garments) can be difficult and may distort the design