Cross Stitch Kits and Patterns: The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

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While there’s certainly no shortage of cross stitch patterns out there, we definitely play favorites when it comes to a few great companies– and nobody does holiday patterns like The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

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Of all cross stitch kits, this Advent calendar is pretty much perfect in every way: glitter linen background fabric, an ice rink, candy canes, penguins, Santa stuck in a chimney, an aqua-and-pink color palette, and sparkling blush Cosmo Floss for accents!

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How to Cross Stitch on Linen

How to Cross Stitch on Linen from Pink Castle Fabrics

Linen fabric, also called Cashel, makes stitches visually pop and creates a smooth, attractive background. Cross stitching on linen isn’t difficult, but it does require a little focus and practice. Here’s a tutorial on how to cross stitch on linen!

What is Cashel? 

Linen is often called Cashel, which is a 54″ wide fabric that is made from 100% linen fiber.

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Pattern Review: Poolside Tote in Cotton and Steel S.S. Bluebird Linen

Cotton and Steel S.S. Bluebird Poolside Tote Pattern Review

The first time I saw the Anchor linen from Cotton and Steel’s S.S. Bluebird line, I knew it was destined to become a Noodlehead Poolside Tote! To round out the project, I chose Cotton and Steel Sparkle canvas for the accent straps/handles, Checkers 1/2″ gingham in Sky, and Cotton Supreme Solids in Carolina for the facing. 

Cotton and Steel S.S. Bluebird Poolside Tote Pattern Review

The Poolside Tote is big– I was able to fit my giant oversized beach towel, cross stitch supplies box, camera, sunscreen, and a sweatshirt all comfortably and probaby would have been able to squeeze in a few books or a bottle of wine if I wanted to.

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How to Cross Stitch on Aida Cloth

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Today, we’re going to learn how to cross stitch on Aida cloth. Aida cloth is the easiest fabric to use for cross stitching, as the wide warp and weft fibers make a very obvious grid of holes for stitching. Yesterday, we talked about supplies for cross stitch, including how to count and measure your Aida cloth for sizing (check it out here.) 

Before you begin 

If your Aida cloth is wrinkled or creased, iron it before you start.

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