The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep stitching pictured
above was worked on Charles Craft 14 count
Background Aida. The horizontal blue stitches were
woven into the fabric by the manufacturer, however,
Charles Craft doesn't offer this fabric on their
website. If you like the overall effect this has on
the piece, you could always pre-stitch your fabric in
any color you like to achieve the same outcome.
The child's hair was worked with two different colors
of floss (one strand of light gold and one darker
gold) threaded together in the same needle to get a
You will find the cross stitch chart for the Now I
Lay Me Down to Sleep picture below the instructions.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Color Palette
Using the color palette:
The color in the left column (Col or Color) is the approximate
color of the thread used.
Each color has a corresponding symbol (Mark). This
is because when two colors (like 825 and 798 on this
chart) are very similar, you can tell the difference
by the mark.
in the third column (Code) is the number of the floss
manufactured by DMC.
The number(s) in the fourth column (Ct or Count) are the
amount of cross stitches of that particular color on
the chart. If there are any back stitches of
that color, that is the number after the +.
The center of the piece is marked with a square
on the chart. Stitch all cross stitches first.
Next, back stitch all the solid lines in the colors
indicated. Next, the bottom of the bedposts
and the snaps on the child's pajamas are done with
French Knots. Last, the black lines in the
child's hair is done with Bullion Knots (illustrated
embroidery floss you will need for the Free Now I Lay Me
Down to Sleep Cross Stitch picture:
A skein of floss contains approximately 8 ˝
yards, and most people stitch with an 18" length.
If using 3 strands of floss on
14 count fabric, you'll get approximately 35 stitches
from an 18" length of floss. One skein will provide
approximately thirty-four 18" lengths containing 3
strands of floss.
Using 2 strands of floss on 18
count fabric, you'll get approximately 45 stitches
from an 18" length of floss. There are approximately
fifty-one 18" lengths containing 2 strands of floss
How to do a Bullion
The Bullion Knot is
very similar to the French Knot, but you loop the thread
around the needle more times, producing a worm of a knot
that is inserted a slight distance from the needle’s
original entry point.
Make a back stitch, the
length of the bullion knot required, but do not bring the needle out
all the way.
Twist the thread around the
needle point, as many times as is necessary to equal the
length of the back stitch.
Holding the left thumb on
the coiled thread, turn the needle back to 1 and insert it
in the same place. Pull the thread through until the
bullion knot lies flat.
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