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Christmas Bells 2005 4 Square Doily
from Dutch Treat Designs

Instructions and Pattern Compliments of Claudia Dutcher
Christmas Bells 2005 whiteChristmas Bells 2005 ivory

copyright © 2005 Dutch Treat Designs

"A tabletopper is a stitched doily. We all know that you can never have too many doilies for Christmas! So for your holiday decorating, I present you with this 2005 Christmas design: an easy to stitch, easy to maintain "doily" for your house from me!"
Claudia Dutcher

The easy way to stitch this doily

This doily design is stitched using one strand of size 5 pearl cotton or one ply of the 3 ply Caron Watercolours thread over two fabric threads on the Anne Cloth. When working with the Caron Watercolors thread, complete each stitch as you go for best color flow. The chart is graphed so that each square represents two threads. The stitch diagrams are graphed over one thread. Stitch on the side of the Anne Cloth where the woven borders are solid.

Repeat the design as shown in the chart in all four squares of the Anne Cloth. Stitch the pattern by sides. Start in the corner and work across both squares on a side. Turn the fabric 1/4 turn after each side is completed. Working the pattern by sides will make the doily easy and fun to stitch. Nun stitch the outside edge of the fabric when you have finished stitching the design.

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Materials List
Any thread combination of what you think of as Christmas red, green, and gold, will work for this design on either fabric color.

2005 Christmas Bells Chart

Stitch Diagrams
Nun Stitched Edge
The Nun stitch is a finishing stitch that, when completed, will keep your piece from unraveling. It is a pulled stitch, using one strand of 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. The arrows on the stitch diagram are for stitch direction only.

Begin by pulling out the fifth thread beyond the end of the bell clapper. This will leave two threads between the bottom of the bell 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

Pearl cotton from The DMC Corporation and Anchor / Coats and Clark, Watercolours Thread from The Caron Collection, Anne Cloth from Zweigart

If your local needlework store does not carry the supplies to stitch this doily, please contact Dutch Treat.
Four square doily fabric pieces are available from Dutch Treat.
Permission granted for shops and guilds to photocopy for free distribution only.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: None of these designs or intructions can be reproduced or distributed in any form (including electronic) without the prior written permission of Claudia Dutcher.

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