A few people asked about making the humbug ... so here goes This is my first time at trying to write a pattern on to my blog so hope it works.
This has to be the simplest Humbug of all ....
Requirements .. linen what ever count you have ..
6 inches x 4 inches ( as you become proficient at them you can use far less)
Thread DMC your choice of colour. using 2 strands ....
( each square on grid picture is 2 threads)
Work Star stitch as above across 4 threads ... 12 stars across
Moving each line across as picture shows ... so grid will be first line 12 stars
second line will have 11 stars .... then repeat until you have 9 rows in all
Work blanket stitch using 1 strand over 2 threads into each thread ..... 2 threads above and to the side of the star stitch ( see picture )
Using Gold thread work a cross stitch over 4 threads in all spare spaces. ( or contrast)
This is where you can add beads if desired.
To make up
Trim the fabric down all around to 4 threads above the button hole stitch. Folding this in as you go.
Using same colour thread 1 strand .. slip stitch into each button hole stitch along short sides of humbug to join them.
Now fold and do same across one long side ...... .at this point you add your ribbon or cord by tucking it into one corner and secure and then stitching along the seam
Stuff the humbug softly not to hard.
Now fold ... so the side seam is in the centre of the top seam ( see picture) and then stitch along the seam as before. This fold makes the humbug shape....
Once you have done one the rest are child's play..... and you can make so many variations. making them larger or smaller as desired.
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