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Hearts and Flowers Doily from
Dutch Treat Designs
Instructions and Pattern Compliments
of Claudia Dutcher
copyright © 1998 Dutch
"A tabletopper is a stitched doily.
When I was growing up we had lots of doilies in my Mommie's house. There
were crocheted ones, knitted ones, embroidered ones, and even a few cross
stitched ones! So to keep the tradition going, I present you with the tabletopper:
an easy to stitch, easy to maintain "doily" for your house from
me!" Claudia Dutcher
The easy way to stitch this doily or
Stitch the doily in quarters, just as you see it on the graph. Stitch
the left corner square first. Complete the heart border for the entire
side. Turn the piece 1/4 turn and repeat. You will see your stitches crossed
in the same direction as you complete each quarter, but your stitches will
not technically cross all in the same direction when looking at the entire
The Nun stitch is a finishing stitch that, when completed, will
keep your piece from unraveling. It is a pulled stitch done using size
12 pearl cotton with a #24 tapestry needle. The Nun stitch looks like a
backward "C". It is an "over two" stitch. See the stitch
diagram for instruction and the pattern chart for placement. Use one strand
of the #12 pearl cotton.
Begin by pulling out the fifth thread beyond the outer heart
border. This will leave two threads between the flower border edge and
the inside edge of your Nun stitch. The "ditch", the vacant thread
track, will mark the outer boundary for your Nun stitch. Begin stitching
on the upper left side with the front of the doily facing you. Bring your
thread up in the "ditch" to start. When you reach the woven borders
of the Anne Cloth, treat them as if they are two threads. When you arrive
at the corner, turn the fabric one quarter turn clockwise. The back of
the "C" now becomes the top of the "C" on the new side.
Pull out the 15th thread on the outside of the finished Nun
stitched edge. Use this as a cutting guide to even up the fabric so that
all four edges will be the same width. Fringe by pulling out the long threads
parallel to the Nun stitched edge. This doily can be machine washed. Enjoy!
Dutch Treat Designs, P.O. Box 161, Livermore, CA 94551-0161
Phone: 925-294-8621 / Email:
dutchtreat @ dutchtreat.com
Watercolour Thread from The Caron Collection, Pearl cotton from
DMC and Anchor, Anne Cloth from Zweigart
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