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Interpreting Cross Stitch Charts


Cross stitching looks complicated especially to beginners. But with the use of cross stitch charts, you’ll be able to master the skill in no time.

Basically, you need to stitch the design based on the pattern by counting the squares on the fabric and using colored threads.

Some tips in reading cross stitch charts:

* When you purchase a cross stitch kit, it usually comes with a chart and the information for that particular kit. However, if you just want to buy the chat, you’ll need to individually buy the fabric and threads.

Charts would often have the fabric’s details for a specific pattern as well as alternative counts for resizing the design. Most cross stitch charts are also likely to provide the finished size of particular designs but not the fabric size.

If you have an 8×8 fabric, it is ideal to use for a 4×4 design for it. It is beneficial to have a 2-inch allowance on every side especially when mounting the finished work on a frame.

There are bold lines on every 10 squares of a chart which essentially forms a grid. The squares on the chart represent the holes on the fabric. And each square/hole that needs to be stitched is represented by a symbol. Do not stitch the fabric if the corresponding square on the pattern doesn’t have a symbol.

* Each symbol on the squares represents a specific color. You can identify the corresponding thread color by referring to the color key on the chart. For example, if the color “red” on the color key is represented on the squares as the “#” symbol, this means that you need to stitch them using red thread.

Most cross stitch charts have detailed info such as thread code and color/shade. When buying a stand-alone chart, make sure to check if it has the thread codes and color variants.

By identifying the arrows at the sides and top of the chart, you’ll be able to determine the center of the fabric. Follow the arrows down and across by tracing a line with a pencil and ruler. Locate the lines’ meeting point on the chart and mark it as well.

It’s not really hard to use cross stitch charts. You will surely appreciate the purpose of charts when you see that the finished products look more appealing and properly made.


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