Easily Cross Stitch a Monogrammed Tea Towel
Monogrammed items are always in style — so is cross-stitch; this easy needle art has made a major comback thanks the popularity of antique and vintage items. While fabric specifically made for cross-stitch makes the process easier, the weave of linen lends itself to cross-stitching, opening up a world of possible pieces that can be customized as beautiful handmade gifts.
linen tea towel
cross-stitch floss in desired color
embroidery hoop (optional)
Select Monogram Pattern
Cross-stitch patterns can be purchased online or from a craft store, but many can also be found online for free. Position monogram pattern over tea towel to make sure the size and design will achieve the desired look (Image 1). Pattern can be lightly sketched out with a pencil, if that's helpful but it's not a necessary step. To sketch pattern prior to stitching, count natural "squares" created by the fabric weave and match it to printed pattern, placing it in the desired location on the linen towel (Image 2). Tip: A custom cross-stitch design can easily be created on graph paper.
Cross-stitch floss is six ply, but that's generally too thick. Cut a length of floss about 12-18" long and section out two threads. Thread length of floss onto embroidery needle and double or triple knot at the end to prevent thread from pulling all of the way through.
Create X-shaped stitches on each square naturally created in the weave of the linen, following selected cross-stitch pattern (Images 1 and 2). It's helpful if the fabric is starched or inserted in an embroidery hoop, so it's taut. Pull each stitch, so it's snug, but not too tight. Tip: Since this is a towel that can be seen from both sides, keep in mind how the back will look. Large pieces of thread running across the back have the potential of getting snagged.
Knot Thread in Back
Once thread is too small to work with, double knot it on backside of the linen towel and trim (Image 1). Use a new piece of two-ply floss and continue working on pattern until it is complete (Image 2).