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BE CREATIVE!

CROSS STITCH
--Waste Canvas
--sweatshirt fronts
--denim shirts or any shirt
--over pocket
--just above cuff
--on cuff
--on back
--apron fronts
--Jeans
--add to edge of skirt
--pillow cases
--edge of sheets
--guest towels
--tablecloths (at corners or around entire edge)
--napkins (at corners or around entire edge)
--Change colors to match your decor
--Use small motifs to create pin pillows, scissors fobs and needle books

Most charts can be adapted for needlepoint.

Floss & Fibers— I design most of my charts using DMC floss because it is readily available to everyone just about anywhere my charts are sold, however, please feel free to change the floss.
--Use over dyed floss
--silk floss
--DMC has new line of Linen Threads
--DMC has new line called “Light Effects” to add some sparkle
--Visit your local needlework shop for even more floss, fiber and thread ideas

Inserts for boxes, trays — check your local needlework shop. There is a large variety available.

Table runners & Table clothes
--add small sampler motifs to each end.
--add the quilt squares to each end
--add sampler borders all the way around, or just on sides or just on end. Remember they do not have to match!
--make napkins to match!


QUILTING

Fabric
--changing the color from what is called for in patterns is an obvious change
--change to fit your likes, need or décor
--for my bag patterns try different fabrics
--silks
--washable suede
--wools
--mix and match fabrics for a Crazy Quilt look

--Embellish the bags
--add beads
--fancy buttons—not just for the closure, sprinkle them at other points on bag!
--add charms and embellishments you find in cross stitch shops
Handles for bags
--look for fun handles—if you can’t find them at your local shops, try the internet
--if you can’t find the color of handle you would like, purchase an unfinished one and paint it!
--make them from fabric
--braid strips together to match bag
--wrap fabric around purchased handle to match bag colors

When purchasing patterns for large quilts, why not purchase some extra fabric and make up a smaller version first. It can be used to accent a table as an extra layer to your regular tablecloth! Or make a table runner!


When selecting charts for cross stitch or patterns for quilting have fun thinking of other ways to use the design than what is pictured on the cover. Be Creative! Karen Kluba 

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