I wanted something simple to stich without constant referral to a graph for the trip out to Michael's home and back, so I looked through my old magazines and chose Log Cabin Ornaments from the November 2001 issue of For the Love of Cross Stitch. I was able to stitch up most of it in the car going each way, with just a bit more time spent while I was out there on it while relaxing.
The pattern is pretty, but what really had me interested was the way the ornament was put together - the magazine showed it stitch on perforated paper - I actually used perforated plastic because that is what I had on hand in white. You stich the graph twice, with the second one only using the corners, and when it's done, cut it so that the corners are tabs which can then be inserted into each other to hold it together. The article suggested finishing by gluing craft paper to each section before putting them together - instead, I cut one star shaped piece of red craft foam, which allows the 'petals' to stay slightly three dimensional, while framing off the stitchery nicely.
I really like the way this turned out - and already want to think out some other small motifs that could come together like this. Wouldn't a Wheel of the Year look nice this way?
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