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Braided Cording

While not a finishing technique in and of itself, braided cording and tassels can be used to dress up other project finishes like the Filled Pillow With Optional Braid & Tassel. While you can purchase cording from a craft store, you may not be able to find the exact color you need. These instructions allow you to create cording from cross-stitch floss.


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Filled Pillow With Optional Braid & Tassel

This finishing technique is most often used to create ornaments but can also be used to complete any project that you want to hang. There are two parts to this approach, forming and stuffing the "pillow", and adding the braid and tassel. The braid and tassel are optional but add an elegant finish to the project.

 

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Bookmark with Frayed Edge

The Frayed Edge finish is used to add a 1/2" frayed border around your finished project. The cross stitch fabric is stiffened by sandwiching multiple pieces of fusible web, available at most fabric stores, between another piece of fabric identical to that used to stitch the project. The two pieces of fabric are then sewn together to ensure that the frayed edges will not unravel beyond that point.

 

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Jewelry Pin

This finishing technique can be used to turn small patterns stitched on Aida or similar fabric into jewelry pins. The technique works best for square or rectangular pins but it could be adapted for circular pins.

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Mini Banner Ornament

This finishing technique allows you to create mini banner ornaments from stitched projects up to 5" in width.

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Refrigerator Magnet

This finishing technique is used to add a magnetic backing to a cross-stitch project turning it into a refrigerator magnet. The fabric is reinforced using a thin piece of "shirt cardboard" or similar thin cardboard.

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Ribbon Bookmark

This finishing technique can be used to create bookmarks using a piece of satin ribbon and your stitched project.

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Greeting Card

This finishing technique allows you to create greeting cards from either fabric or perforated paper cross stitched projects. The instructions are provided for creating a card with a rectangular cut-out to display the cross stitch but the same technique can be used for a circular cut-out.

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Tuck Pillow Ornament

This finishing technique is similar to the Filled Pillow With Optional Braid & Tassel but instead of sewing the finished piece into the ornament, a pocket is created which frames and holds your stitched piece in place.


 

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Washing Counted Cross Stitch Projects

If you plan on framing your completed cross-stitch project, it's a good idea to hand-wash first to remove oils from your hands and any other dirt.

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