Print Pattern

A Mecantile Christmas Gatherings Stitchery

contributed by Primitive Blessings by Twigs N Sprigs
www.primitiveblessings.com

I feel so blessed to share my Mercantile cover as a stitchery/ painting design for the holidays. I hope you enjoy creating this as much as I did designing it.

May God bless you and your hands while stitchin’ and painting.

Before you begin with your needle you will have to cut 1 layer of muslin 16x10 inches & 1 layer of Warm & Natural. Next trace pattern onto top layer of muslin, using a Mark B Gone Pen. You may need to use a light box or window for your pattern to shine through your muslin.

I use 3 strands of Dmc Floss for all my stitchin'.

1 strand if it is very small detailing.

If you enjoy using pearl cotton size 8 works great and 12 for the details.

If you like your stitchery to be colorful, you may dry brush your Twigs doodles with paint. I suggest that you stitch the details such as eyes, noses, plaids on dresses, stars on flags & words on dresses AFTER you have painted that specific area. If you are going to paint this design onto wood or canvas, trace pattern onto surface, then skip to painting directions below.

You may use tiny buttons for the eyes of the angels and crow, I get the tinest, 4mm mm buttons from Trims & Buttons Inc. http://www.buttons4u.com 741 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90014. 213-689-9110.

After you have stitched your Twigs doodle up, you will want it to look old and prim. I mix instant coffee with warm water and paint on top of your stitchery with a big ole cheap paint brush, or sponge brush and let dry.

The more coffee you use the darker the stain. Sometimes sprinkling cinnamon into your wet paint brush makes it dry with cinnamon on them and they smell good too.

After your stitchery is done drying, you are ready to make it into anything your heart desires, I love putting them in old frames, or make into pillows or wall hangings, the ideas can be endless.

Twigs Stitching Instructions

Doll Faces, noses, hands, legs: Backstitch with Dmc Floss #840 Medium Beige Brown

Blanket Crane, angel hair, pip berry vines on sign, twig hanger, dough bowl, trunk of trees, stick for flag, twig arms, ginger men: Backstitch with Dmc Floss #3781 Dark Mocha Brown

Berries, parts of quilt, some of the rag balls, border checks on stitchery, large stacking box on shelf, rosehips around candles, border on glad tidings sampler, stockings, heart on ginger men, stripes on flag, stripes on candy canes, crow hat, medium stacking box in cupboard, border of Christmas angel sampler, large bench: French knot berries, Backstitch with Dmc Floss # 902 Very Dark Garnet

Wings, some of the rag balls, candles, old dress, sheep, snowmen, collar on angels, trim on crow hats, stripes on candy canes & stripe on yellow ware bowl: Backstitch with Dmc Floss # 613 Very Light Drab Brown

Some of the quilt squares, some of the rag balls, stripe on yellow ware bowl, blue section of flag & salt box house Backstitch with Dmc Floss #930 Dark Antique Blue.

Wire on hanger, words on signs and shelves, sheep noses, eyes, ears and legs, eyes, mouths on angels & snowmen: crows, candle holder on cabinet door, hinges on cabinet, bucket handle, house roof, doors and windows: Backstitch with Dmc Floss # 310 Black

Chimney, mason jars, candle pans, bucket & cupboard: Backstitch with Dmc Floss #642 Dark Beige Gray

Some of the quilts, rusty jar lids, snowmen noses: Backstitch with Dmc Floss #434 Light Brown

Some of the quilt squares, candle flame, joy angel dress, halo, stars, small stacking box on shelf, shelf, some of the rag balls, small stacking box in cupboard, crock on bench, snowman scarf: Backstitch with Dmc Floss

#3045 Dark Yellow Beige

Some of the quilt squares, some rag balls, Christmas greenery and trees, border of antiques stitchery, middle stacking box on shelf, willow tree leaves on dress, angel dress on Christmas sampler, bottom stacking box in cupboard: Backstitch with Dmc Floss #3051 Dark Green Gray.

This is a very big sampler, if by chance I have forgotten something please refer to the Cover of the magazine to see just what color it should be.

Now if you are wanting to color in your stitchery or paint this design on a piece of wood or canvas this is how to do it.

Twigs Painting Instructions

I only use Deco-Art Paints

I only use the following Loew-Cornell Fabric Brushes

to dry brush your stitchery

Loew-Cornell, Series 225: ½ , ¼ (to fill in majority of the coloring)

Loew-Cornell, Series 224: ¼, ½

(For those tight areas or side by the stitches)

Loew-Cornel, Series 227: 0, 2 (for the details)

Or the following to paint on canvas or wood

I use Loew-Cornell, American Painter, 4000 Series Brushes.

Series 4550: ½, 1, (to basecoat)

Series 4350: 0, 2 (for fine details)

Series 4000: 0,1 (for detailing)

Series 4300: 1, 4 (perfect for straight edges)

& Loew-Cornell, Fabric Brush

Series 225: ¼, 3/8 (to dry brush large areas)

Series 226: 0 ( to dry brush smaller areas)

Doll Faces, noses, hands, legs: Mink Tan DA92

Blanket Crane, angel hair, pip berry vines on sign, twig hanger, dough bowl, trunk of trees, stick for flag, twig arms, ginger men: Milk Chocolate DA174

Berries, parts of quilt, some of the rag balls, border checks on stitchery, large stacking box on shelf, rosehips around candles, border on glad tidings sampler, stockings, heart on ginger men, stripes on flag, stripes on candy canes, crow hat, medium stacking box in cupboard, border of Christmas angel sampler, large bench: French knot berries, Rockwood Red DA97

Wings, some of the rag balls, candles, old dress, sheep, snowmen, collar on angels, trim on crow hats, stripes on candy canes & stripe on yellow ware bowl: Buttermilk DA3

Background: Toffee DA59

Some of the quilt squares, some of the rag balls, stripe on yellow ware bowl, blue section of flag & salt box house Deep Midnight Blue DA166

Wire on hanger, words on signs and shelves, sheep noses, eyes, ears and legs, eyes, mouths on angels & snowmen: crows, candle holder on cabinet door, hinges on cabinet, bucket handle, house roof, doors and windows: Lamp Black DA67

Chimney, mason jars, candle pans, bucket & cupboard: Driftwood DA171

Some of the quilts, rusty jar lids, snowmen noses: Terra Cotta DA62

Some of the quilt squares, candle flame, joy angel dress, halo, stars, small stacking box on shelf, shelf, some of the rag balls, small stacking box in cupboard, crock on bench, snowman scarf: Antique Gold DA9

Some of the quilt squares, some rag balls, Christmas greenery and trees, border of antiques stitchery, middle stacking box on shelf, willow tree leaves on dress, angel dress on Christmas sampler, bottom stacking box in cupboard: Hauser Dark Green DA133

If painting this I suggest you stain with Deco-Arts Dark Walnut stain. You may do detailing with a permanent pen size 01, & 05.

May God fill your house with Love and Joy this wonderful Season! Many Blessings to you!

Twigs