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The Big Stitch3 ways to…frame your design1glass frame for extra glamour?23There are lots of different high street frames that wouldreally enhance this project. Why not opt for a mirrored orA white box frame, similar to the one featured on the cover,would make another simple yet effective alternative.For a more stylised look opt for a narrow black lacqueredframe. It will really set off this design.Step-by-stepBeadingTip Save timeWork the grey coloured backgroundin half cross stitch and save aroundtwo hours stitching time!Our stitcher says…“I love the metallic thread patternsin this design. I chose to work allthe metallic details once the rest ofthe design was complete so thatthey really stood out.” Nina JacksonThread your beading1 needle, or a size 9 or 10embroidery needle, witha single strand of cotton.To strengthen it run it overa tablet of beeswax ora thread conditioner.Reverse offabricSecure your thread on2 the reverse and bringyour needle to the front.Thread on the bead andmake a diagonal half crossstitch over one aida block ortwo evenweave threads.Beads can be added3 singly or in clusters.Keep your thread taut tosecure each bead. Once thisis done, to finish your threadweave it through the reverseof your stitches.www.crossstitchermagazine.co.uk

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