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Free Gingham Cross Stitch Valentine's Heart Pattern
This quick and simple cross-stitch pattern uses the striking and romantic gingham pattern in beautiful reds and would make an ideal gift for a loved one this Valentine's day.
Use a basic frame to turn it into a reminder of your love, or use this pattern with waste canvas and embellish a piece of clothing or gift bag for a cute and affordable gift.
Complete the set (see below) for a stunning display that can be used to decorate your home this February.
Cross Stitch Supplies
For this project you will need:
- Stranded cotton thread in bright red (DMC 321), dark red (DMC 814) and white (DMC B5200)
- White 18 count Aida fabric (approximately 7x7")
- Cross-stitch needle
- Frame with 4x4" aperture (optional)
Cross Stitch Key
321 (2 strands)
814 (2 strands)
B5200 (2 strands)
814 (1 strand)
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What Is Gingham?
Gingham is mostly a lightweight to medium-weight cotton cloth, woven in a very distinct pattern where stripes going both horizontally and vertically create a checked design. The first gingham fabric had stripes only going one way though and this type was still available up until the late Victorian period.
Gingham is most widely made of two colours, one being white and another bright colour. The most common colours in gingham are the primary colours red, blue and yellow, but the design can created with any colour.
The design is created where the threads in both directions meet and various shades are created...
- White + white = white squares
- coloured + coloured = dark coloured
- white + coloured = light coloured
A Brief History Of The Gingham Pattern
Often associated with the dresses worn by southern belle's in America, I was surprised to learn that the famous checked gingham pattern was actually created in Manchester, England, during the mid 1700's.
Originally plain stripes, a factory in England decided to play with an idea and created stripes going both horizontal and vertical, resulting in this instantly recognisable design that has remained popular today.
Gingham is most widely used for casual dresses and shirts and it has never really been seen as suitable for formal wear, due to it's low cost. You'll see gingham mostly in the summer, as the traditional fabric is lightweight and brightly coloured. It also has no right or wrong side so is ideal for reversible items.
Other popular uses for gingham include the linings of picnic baskets and outdoor table cloths~ again because of it's association with warmer weather~ and has led to gingham having the nickname 'table cloth pattern'.
The actual word 'gingham' originates from the Malay word for striped, 'genggang'.
Popularity Of Gingham
Since it's invention, gingham has remained a popular fabric, mostly because it's affordable and is associated with Summer.
However it's use in popular culture has helped keep gingham in high demand...
- Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz wore a gingham dress
- Gingham shirts were a favourite of the 1960s mods
- Designer brands such as Ben Sherman and Fred Perry have created gingham shirts
- The football club Man U. will be wearing gingham during the 2012-2013 season
Valentine's Hearts Cross Stitch Patterns
This design is the second in a set of three cross-stitch hearts for Valentine's Day, exploring various styles.
The full set includes:
Feel free to share the link to this pattern, but please do not replicate it or sell it in any way. This design is copyright Karen Creftor 2012.