November 2001 Block
8½" x 8½"block
( 9" x 9" unfinished)
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- Tea-Dye Muslin for the background. Cut a 9" x9" square of
plain muslin or unbleached cotton. In a soup mug or a small pot pour about 2
cups boiling water, add two tea bags and the muslin. Allow to sit until cold or
overnight. Remove muslin and rinse in warm water until water runs clear. Hang
to dry or iron dry.
- Using a regular lead pencil and a light box or by taping the
pattern onto the window with the muslin over it, trace the design onto the
- If you wish to use the traditional Red for the whole design
it is DMC #304 then using a straight or stem stitch and one strand of floss
follow the line drawing. If you use a variety of colours on the embroidery, use
a double strand of white as it will show up better than a single. The eyes and
mouth are done with french knots and the pine bough needles are done with the
daisy stitch. If you want clearer stitching instructions you can go to
www.StitchGuide.com or most craft
magazines have a page that shows the steps.
- Personal Enhancements are encouraged for this block so that
it has your own special touch. Therefore, feel free to change the shape of the
buttons, add twig arms, eliminate or change the position of the pine bough.
Also the greeting above the snowman can be any "Seasonal" type greeting that
you like, simply reprint the letters instead of Peace on Earth. Happy Xmas,
Season's Greetings (in your language of origin) Happy Day, Snow Day etc.
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