When it comes to gift boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbon, I have to admit I'm a bit of a hoarder. When I received a gift last year tied with this burlap wire-edged ribbon, I knew I had to cross-stitch something on it. I stashed it away and waited for inspiration, which came to me this year as autumn approached. The result is this simple "Give Thanks" design, which can be used as a mini banner on a Thanksgiving table.
The ribbon I used is 22 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide, and has about 14 strands to the inch. I used all six strands of embroidery floss and worked over two burlap strands, which suited the size and weave of my ribbon perfectly. The finished size of your cross-stitching will depend on the ribbon you use. Experiment with a small swatch until you get the look you want. If you want to create a more refined design, use fewer strands of floss or try working over a single fabric strand. If you're working with a wide ribbon, and you want your individual cross-stitches to be more prominent, try cross-stitching over four fabric strands.
Of course, you don't have to use a ribbon at all. You can use the chart below to stitch a simple Thanksgiving sentiment on any type of even-weave fabric, Aida, or linen. I used DMC embroidery floss in the following colors: #900 Dark Burnt Orange for the lettering, #3852 Very Dark Straw for the acorn bases, #780 Ultra Very Dark Topaz for the acorn caps, and #520 Dark Fern Green for the leaves.
By the way--I'll be much too busy cooking, eating, and visiting to blog next week. I hope you will all be doing the same! I'd like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving--and to offer my sincere gratitude for your kind support of my little corner of the crafting world.
Please stop back on November 27th to check out my annual Holiday Gift Guide.