A very clever Cherry Parker cross stitch design of a Quaker ball with letters of the Alphabet. Note that the pattern calls for buttons but these are not included. The ball consists of 26 sections – 6 octagons, 8 hexagons and 12 small squares. Only the octagons and hexagons are stitched. The squares each have a back stitched border. All stitching and completion is done from the right side. No turning inside out!
The Alphabet Cross Stitch Ball with Buttons is the ideal way to use odds lengths of favourite threads and fabric, and we all have buttons that we are keeping for that special project.
Please display as a hanging ornament only, well away from little curious hands due to the buttons.
It can be displayed as you would a mobile in a child’s room so that all aspects are visible as it turns.
The ball has been stitched on 25 count Lugana giving a circumference of 51 cm (20 inches).
Stitched on 28 or 32 count fabric will give you a slightly smaller ball.
The ball looks good in white, pale blue and darker blue as well as red, white and black. Another great option would be to use as many different coloured fabric as you can find – keeping the same thread count of fabric throughout.
The top panel of the ball can have the owners name stitched with the alphabet provided.
The 15 page PDF pattern gives full instructions with diagrams, graphs and 15 colour photographs for simple assembly.
The ball is stuffed with fabric scraps. This design is available as a physical pattern which is posted to you, or as a PDF download.
Skill Level: Intermediate who would like a challenge – Experienced