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Dutch Treat Designs
P.O. Box 8214
Catalina, AZ 85738-0214


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Red, White, and Blue Doily from Dutch Treat Design
Instructions and Pattern Compliments of Claudia Dutcher

Red, White, and Blue Doily

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 breadcover

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.


Materials List



RWB Chart



Stitch Diagram


Nun Stitched Edge

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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