I made this banner for a holiday decoration this year using burlap, wool yarn and a big fat tapestry needle!
I stitched it up like I would any other cross stitch project, mostly
Here are a few things I learned when putting this together:
- My usual cross-stitch method of making all right handed crosses in a row then going back over them with the left leaning stitches didn't work well on the burlap. I found the stitches looked nicer if I made the full cross one at a time.
- Since the weave is so open, you can't carry the yarn in the back without it being seen. Map out how you'll stitch your rows to limit the amount of times you need to break the yarn.
- The more stitches you add, the more squished the weave will become (at least with the weight of yarn I used). To even things out, just give the burlap a good tug from the top and bottom every 5 rows or so.
I ended up giving this to my Mom. She does a beautiful mantle each year and wanted to use this in her decorating. Unfortunately she put it too near her candles and it caught on fire
. Not to worry, it was put out quickly and all is well! Even the banner sorta survived!
I had fun making this and am thinking about another one for Valentine's day.