Christmas Cracker Cake Band
By Sarah Cate Anstey, Oct 7 2017 07:54AM
It’s that time of year again! We all have our trusted Christmas cake recipe and mine is slightly adapted from my mother’s Cookery in Colour by Marguerite Patten.
Christmas cakes make brilliant presents and I always make a 6inch version for my neighbours. I’m always looking for new ways to decorate it and last year designed and made my first cake band.
Cut an aida band to the size of your cake, leaving at least 1.5 inch spare for an overlap.
For my 6 inch cake band I used 14count aida which was 20.5 inches long (inc the extra 1.5inch) and 2.75 inches width, but you may want to be a bit more generous and trim it to size after stitching.
Start about 1.5 inches into the aida.
Using 2 strands of cotton for stitches and one strand for letting, stitch the design, repeating it as many times as necessary.
For my 6 inch cake band the pattern was repeated 8 times.
Design Count: 28W 23H
To keep your stitches in place, iron a piece of lightweight interfacing to the back of your design.
I also stitched the interfacing from 3 holes up and down from the pattern.
Attach a strip of Velcro to the front of one edge of the band (before you started your first design,) this will be at the bottom piece.
Attach a strip of Velcro to the back of the other edge (near or under your final design,) this will be the top piece.
Position the Velcro so that the band is tight and won’t slip when fastened.
The design can also be used for tags
Design Count: 28W 23H without border, 30W 25H with border
Design Size: 6 cm by 5cm
Tags 7cm by 12cm
Use 2 strands for cross stiches.
Use one strand for lettering and border.
Find the centre of the aida and stitch the design following the chart, (border stitched in back stitch, 1 hole out from the design all the way around.
Apply double-sided sticky tape to the back of the work and stick it to one side of the gift tag.
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