Monday, June 6, 2016

Cross-Stitch Lobster Ornament


June has finally arrived, which means beach season is here! Even though I'm landlocked here in Pennsylvania, I love beachy decor in summertime. This little lobster ornament is quick to cross-stitch, and it looks so cute hanging in the kitchen. You can make a bunch and use them to decorate your patio or picnic table.


This project uses just three colors of DMC 6-strand embroidery floss: 310 Black, 321 Christmas Red, and 498 Dark Christmas Red. My lobster is stitched on 14-count white Aida fabric, but you can use 11-count or 18-count. Follow the chart and key below and use two strands of floss to cross-stitch your lobster.

Little Lobster   ©2016 Kathleen Berlew

When the stitching is finished, cut the lobster from the Aida, leaving a border of six fabric squares on all sides. Cut two pieces of red felt to the size you want your ornament to be and sew the cross-stitched Aida to one of the felt pieces with white thread. Make your stitching line three squares beyond all sides of the cross-stitching. To finish the ornament, pin the to felt pieces together, wrong sides facing, and sew them together with red embroidery floss and running stitch. Sew a piece of red-and-white gingham ribbon in place at the top of the ornament. Leave an opening at the bottom, fill the ornament with fiberfill, and stitch it closed.


19 comments:

  1. This lobster-pattern is so neat! I love it!
    Happy stitching,
    Marjan

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    1. Thank you Marjan! Happy stitching to you too.

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  2. This is a great project, simple but effective !

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    1. Thanks--I'm liking simple more and more these days.

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  3. what a cute lobster! I haven't crossed stitched in forever and this little pattern has given me the bug to get to work! thanks for sharing your pattern!

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  4. Living in Florida, I really enjoy coastal elements and your lobster is adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I'm far from the beach in Pennsylvania, but I like coastal themes too.

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  5. Your cross stitch lobster is great and really brightens up your bag #Therealcraftylinkparty

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    1. He is a cheery little guy, isn't he . . . thanks!

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  6. SO cute! :) I love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  7. So cute! It would work perfectly for Christmas with small Christmas cross stitch motifs! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party! Pinned!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, hosting and pinning!

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  8. This is so nice and you did a great job making it.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. :)

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  9. So cute & absolutely perfect for summer. Makes me wish I lived on the coast :) Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

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    1. Thank you, Emily, and thanks for hosting!

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  10. This is so lovely :) I agree with Teresa about Christmas. However, I think these would be perfect for a kitchen too! Fill them up with herbs and spices.
    Congratulations! You are one of my features :)
    Joanita @ Snickerdoodle Sunday

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