This listing is for a CROSS-STITCH PATTERN, not for the finished item.
This design was inspired by a picture of an old pin square with a bird on it... I had previously seen images of round pin keeps or pin wheels, in which the pins were inserted into the sides. But this pin square completely captured my imagination. How was it made? Why a square instead of a circle?
Equipped with an idea, and with dreams of Summer fruit in my head, I got busy designing and figuring out a way to create something similar.
Stitch Count (each side): 50 x 50 Model stitched on Weeks Dye Works 40ct Confederate Gray
Using thread from Weeks Dye Works: 1219 Oak, 1230 Havana, 1330 Baked Apple, 2199 Tarragon, 2253 Sanguine
Additional Materials Needed: Lightweight cardboard, such as a cereal or pasta box Felted wool, approximately one fat quarter Fabric or ribbon for edge, about 10” by 1 1/2” Scissors, needle, and thread Ruler or tape measure Acid-free glue stick
I used a strip of fabric for the sides from a line that has unfortunately been discontinued. Made by Windham Fabrics and part of their Williamsburg Sampler collection, I am no longer able to offer it for sale. Its possible that it still exists out in cyber land in some quilt shop, but I have sold out of my inventory and don't plan to carry it again. I know that there are many, many other fabrics out there that would be equally sweet with this pin square, so don't let it stop you!
This pattern will come with charts for front and back of the pin square, an alphabet and number set for customization, basic typed instructions for making the pin square, and my recommendations for floss and fabric. It will arrive in a plastic zip-close envelope for safe keeping.
I will also make available to anyone purchasing this pattern a free downloadable .pdf tutorial for finishing the pin square; in the tutorial there are step-by-step instructions with color photographs.