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Free Cross Stitch Towel Border Patterns
Where to begin
You've been looking at you kitchen or bathroom thinking that it needs that extra something to dress it up. You haven't been able to put you finger on it but you know it's missing something. What would be better than a new kitchen towel or bathroom towel set personally stitched by you?
If you stitch it you can hand pick your pattern rather than have to settle for a towel off the shelf. Now that you're thinking in that directions you have to ask yourself, "Where do I begin to find what I need?". Well, that's why I'm here.
In this hub I will tell you where to find a pattern and where to find the supplies you need to create your one of a kind towel set. Good news, you won't even have to leave your house. How great is that?
Free Patterns Online
This site has a collection of adorable patterns from the 1940s for kitchen towels. You download them and stitch to your heart's content.
- Free Patterns
Here you will find patterns perfect for the bath towel.
This site offers 6 different cross stitch patterns for towels, including one for a cute baby towel.
- Free Patterns Online
Here you can find several free border patterns prefect for the beginner.
- Knitting Fever
Believe it or not this site has a cross stitch pattern you can download. It's a beautiful little design for a bath towel.
- Love To Know Crafts
Offered here are free patterns plus directions on how to make your own patterns.
- Nancy Hearne, Designs
This designer has several patterns that are well worth the look.
There are some very pretty Christmas holiday towel border patterns available on this site.
Online sites for supplies
- Stitch On It Direct
This site has a nice select of both kitchen and both towels that are ready for you to stitch your own pattern.
- Joann's Fabrics
Joann's has one of the largest most complete selections of stitchable towels available. They range from fingertip to bath size. You will also find any supply you need to complete your own handmade towel.
- The Art of Stitch
On this site you will find a selection of gingham checked towels in various colors with a 4" x 4" stitchable inset. It's the perfect size for your favorite design.
- Accents Inc
Here they not only have the stitchable towels but the supplies and patterns that are sure to please.
- ABC Stitch Therapy
There are several stitchable towels offered here. The selection of books containing patterns for stitchable towels is one of the best I've seen.t
Now that you have your pattern what do you do?
Each square on the chart represents a stitch. Unless the chart states otherwise this stitch will be a cross stitch.
Any blank spots is just that-an indication of a blank space. You do not stitch in that spot.
Any straight lines indicate a backstitch.
I have included a chart to help you decide how many threads to use to stitch your patterns.
Stitchable towels typically use 14 count aida cloth in their insets. For this you will use 2 or 3 strands. For those who like a thicker looking stitch 3 strands would be a better choice.
There are different types of thread or floss that can be used.
- cotton - the most popular choice.
- perle' cotton - used for a pearl effect.
- rayon - for a soft shiny effect.
- metallic - usually used to accent.
- variegated - for a gradual change in color.
Since stitchable towels use 14 count aida you should use a #22 needle.
If you come across a stitchable twoel that uses 16 or 18 count aida you would generally use a #24 or #26 needle.
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