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Red, White, and Blue Doily from Dutch Treat Design
and Pattern Compliments of Claudia Dutcher
copyright © 1999 Dutch Treat Designs
"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. Begin
with the left corner square first. Complete the entire square. 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 finished piece.
When the design is finished then complete the Nun stitch edge. The Pulled
Eyelet stitches in this design are stitched with red DMC 347 pearl cotton.
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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. The arrows are for direction only.
Begin by pulling out the fifth thread beyond the end of the star. This
will leave two threads between the outside of the star 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
Watercolours Thread from The Caron Collection, pearl cotton
from DMC Corporation, Anne Cloth from Zweigart
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