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The top of my green leaves are approximately 6" up from the bottom edge. The top of the black diamond peaks are approximately 4.5" up from the bottom edge. Use the leaf pattern, the diamond pattern, or both.
Cut a piece of green embroidery floss 5 times the width of the fabric. Cut the other colors 4 times the width of the fabric. Thread the tapestry needle and pull the floss through the center float until HALF of the floss is through the float. Leave the tail of the floss. You will work from the center to the left, then turn the fabric and work from the center to the right.
NOTE: There are different methods for huck weaving. I learned the above method - working from the center to one side and then the center to the other side. Many people start in the lower right corner and work their way across. Experiment and choose the method that works for you. I like the first method because I can be sure that my design will be exactly centered (as long as I start in the center float).
Follow the pattern for leaves. The photos below show the start of the diamond stitch. To see close-ups, click each photo. The leaf pattern is made the same way. Simply weave through the loops (floats) to create the pattern.
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The photo on the left shows the finished diamond rows. Notice that the orange and gold rows share 2 loops where they meet. This shows more clearly on the pattern. Click on the photo for an enlarged view.
Finishing The Piece
To finish off the ends of the embroidery thread, cut the floss so approximately 3" of tail remains. Run the needle OVER the float at the end and then feed the loose tail back under the previous 3-4 floats used. Cut the thread close and tuck any remaining thread. OR knot off the end of the thread on the back side of your piece.
Turn the piece right side down on a towel and press with iron.
If you plan to leave the towel as is (you are not finishing the top and bottom edges), trim the top and bottom edges straight if this has not already been done. See page 1, #1 under "Preparing Cloth" for instructions on trimming. Stitch a line across the width of the towel about 1/2" from the edge (or fringed edge). This will keep the edges from unraveling. The fringed edge is pretty and adds a simple finish.