A couple of weeks back I picked up a copy of Mollie Makes magazine as I flashed through the supermarket between work and the school pick up. I haven’t bought it for a long time and then only a couple of times that I recall so it was a little treat for my crafty soul. These days I tend to read articles online and hardly ever buy magazines!
The lovely surprise with the mag was this little pendant kit. The wooden pendant is punched with holes ready to stitch and the kit included needle, thread, chain and fastening to make a pendant and a brooch.
I shared a glimpse at the bots and pieces on Instagram and someone immediately picked that it was the kit from Mollie Makes. I guess I was a bit behind the times!
Anyway after having it sit on my kitchen table for days, I finally gave myself a deadline and decided on a design from the options in the magazine. I switched out the colours with some from my thread stash – I used DMC threads: 310 – black, 498 – red, and 598 – aqua.
It took about half an hour to stitch the lot so a great project for the couch in the evening.
I used three strands of thread because I wanted the have quite definite lines in my design, but I discovered that it can be tricky to pull the needle through the holes after a couple of stitches into the same place. If you are going to have multiple stitches into the same hole in your design, you might find it better to use only two strands of thread.
As always I started my stitching without knots to minimise the bulk on the back – find out how to do that in this tutorial.
Finally, after attaching the metal loop and chain, I covered the back with a couple of strips of washi tape to protect the stitching and make it look a little prettier.