Video tutorial: Finishing embroidery hoops

Showing off your embroidery in a hoop is no surprise for the most stitchers, and there are as many ways of finishing a hoop as the are stitchers themselves. You can cover the hoop back with fabric, glue the excess canvas, or use cardboard paper – or use needle and thread and a piece of felt like I do. (Truth be told, I don’t mix well with glue, so trying another method would be a disaster!)

In the following videos I show how I finish my hoops step by step:

Step one: hiding the fabric edges

Step two (optional): lacing

I usually skip lacing for smaller hoops (up to 8 inches) and use it for bigger hoops and/or if the fabric is really stretchy to give the finished embroidery a tighter feel.

Step three: Adding the felt

I use blanket stitch to secure the felt in this step, but if you are somehow against it – then whip stitch will also work great.

“My battery is low and it’s getting dark”

Now who would have guessed that I could tear up upon hearing news from some
54.6 million kilometers away? But Opportunity the Mars Rover and her last words did make lots of people sad, me included.

So today I’m celebrating little persistent Oppy with this free design (scroll to see the link to PDF file). Enjoy!

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Nott the Brave free cross stitch pattern

Nott the Brave free cross stitch pattern

Today has been a great day: I managed to drop my wiggly toddler (WT) at his grandmothers house and found myself in the rare occasion of having a couple of free hours. At first I was running around trying to get my hands on every unfinished project in sight (lots and lots of those!), but then I felt SO VERY CREATIVE.

This little lady has been haunting me for some time now, especially after I saw her Cat Cosplay version. So today Happy Stitch proudly presents —

Nott the Brave

Nott the Brave free cross stitch pattern

Patther size: 43 X 48 Stitches, 9 colors
Approximate size:
Aida # 14 — 7.8 X 8.7 cm (3.1 x 3.4 ”)
Aida #16 — 6.8 X 7.6 cm (2.7 x 3 ”)

The pattern is free to download. You can either download this image (click to get the full size):

Nott the Brave free cross stitch pattern

or go for the PDF file with the chart: Nott the Brave free cross stitch pattern (PDF)

This design can also make a great magnet or keychain if stitched on a plastic canvas.
Enjoy!

Rune Ingwaz cross stitch pattern

Ingwaz rune free cross stitch pattern by happy-stitch.net

Goood morning, ladies and gentlemen!

Here is something that many of you waited for for a loong long time – a new runic pattern. Today’s rune is Ingwaz, with the fig tree – enjoy!

Ingwaz rune free cross stitch pattern

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Dream! A flying cat free pattern – and some words about my life

Dream on flying cat free cross stitch pattern

Hey everybody,

Did you miss me?

It seems that I haven’t posted for almost a year now. Did they tell you that life with a kid gets easier with time? Well, it’s not exactly true. Now I have a toddler on my hands (quite an active one), and oh how I miss those beautiful days when he had naps three times a day and went to bed at 6 am!

But then there is a bright side – I feel as creative as ever, and if I find just a handful of time, I create (and create, and create, and…. zzzzz……). There is a load of new designs in my Etsy shop, do check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyStitchNet !

One more new thing too. Soon all my designs featured on Etsy chill also be available to be purchased and downloaded directly from this blog. Wait for the official announcement!

And here is a freebie pattern for every cat lover out there 🙂

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Bullfinch on a branch or rowan

Bullfinch on a brach of rowan free cross stitch pattern

I made this cross stitch design for an ornamnet exchange on the http://crossstitchforum.com/ , but it can also be used for greeting cards.

Bullfinch on a branch or rowan
Pattern size: 37 x 37 stitches (6,7 x 6,7 cm / 2.6 ” x 2.6 ”) on Aida #14

Bullfinch on a brach of rowan free cross stitch pattern

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Simple Christmas tree pattern

Very simple Christmas tree free cross stitch pattern

An extremely simple design of a Christmas tree – and free for download! Can be used to make a greetings card 🙂

Pattern size: 29w X 54h stitches, 3 colors
Approx. size on Aida #14 — 5.3 X 9.8 cm / 2.1 ” x 3.9 ”

Very simple Christmas tree free cross stitch pattern

! Download Very simple Christmas tree free cross stitch pattern in PDF

Enjoy! And remember to tag me in Twitter / Instagram when you finish your stitching 🙂

Eastern ornament pattern

Eastern ornament free cross stitch pattern

Hi there! Today’s freebie is adapted from a photo of an amazingly ornamented ceramic tile in a colorful combination of blue and bright red. You can use this pattern to make an single ornament or a cushion.
Enjoy!

Eastern ornament pattern

Pattern size: 86w X 86h stitches, 9 colors
Approximate size on Aida #14: 15.60 X 15.60 cm (6.1 ” x 6.1 ”)
on 6 count canvas: 36.4 X 36.4 cm (14.3 ” x 14.3 ”)

Eastern ornament free cross stitch pattern

Free download from the store:

Rune Eihwaz free pattern

Eihwaz rune free cross stitch pattern

Gradually moving forward with the runic alphabet. With today’s Eihwaz done, I have only three runes to go: Sowilo, Ingwaz, and Dagaz. That means that all other runes are already made and can be found in the blog archives!

Anyway, the today’s rune is Eihwaz, and it can be downloaded for free!

Eihwaz rune free cross stitch pattern

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