Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How-To: Cross-Stitch Monogramed Tea Towel

I love the ordered look of a cross stitched monogram on tea towels.  With a simple trick, you can easily recreate this look.

1.) Cut a length of embroidery floss.  Split the fibers into two sections of three fibers each.  Thread the needle with one of the sections and knot the end of the floss to keep it from slipping through the fabric.

2.) Place the inside ring of an embroidery hoop on the table.  Lay the tea towel down on top of the hoop.  Place a square of cross-stitch canvas on top of the tea towel.  Slip the outside ring of the embroidery hoop over the two layers and tighten the screw.
*Tip: If you are using a towel with a geometric pattern, hold the hoop up to the light and align the weave of the cross-stitch canvas with the pattern of the tea towel.

3.) Use a counted cross-stitch pattern as your guide to stitch your initials.
*Tip: You can find lots of free cross stitch alphabets online.  I used this one.

4.) Remove the assembly from the embroidery hoop.

5.) Trim off the excess cross-stitch canvas.

6.) Unravel all of the fibers of the canvas until you are left with only the stitches.

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