Written and Designed by
Janet M. Davies
Often we see a charted design in Cross stitch we like
but we want to stitch it in another stitching style. Below I show how a
Cross Stitch charted design can be used for other stitching methods.
Download a PDF below that has full size charts
and line drawing
for you to stitch the designs in Cross stitch, Blackwork or Freehand.
A charted Cross Stitch design set out in graph form.
Design stitched on Aida fabric. The black lines around the edges
are Back stitch. Each square on the fabric is counted as you
stitch following the graph. 1 square equals 1 square on the
The design when stitched on linen fabric. Counting the the
fabric threads as you stitch. 1 square on the graph equals 2
fabric threads of linen. The black lines around the edges are Back stitch.
Freehand Back stitch
With the graph removed then the design can be traced onto fabric
and stitched freehand with Back stitch. You do not have to count the fabric
threads as you stitch.
The design can be stitched on any cotton/linen close weave
fabric. You do not have to count the fabric threads as you
stitch. Also other stitches like Stem stitch or Chain stitch can
If looking at a cross stitch design notice the
blocks/outlines of colours. Place a thin piece of paper over the graph
and trace the outlines to get a basic line drawing as above left. I use the non-waxed lunch paper for tracing as it is
easy to see through and cheap to buy.
Download a PDF that has full size charts and line
for you to stitch the above designs in Cross stitch, Blackwork or Freehand.
click here to
get the PDF
31st May 2011:
Today is my birthday, so below is another free chart for you to use for
Click on the chart to see full size to save.
The instructions in JMD Designs
retail pattern packs are a lot more
detailed than what is given here in this tutorial above.
The designs/patterns on this
page may be used for free,
for your personal non profit use only. They are not to be copied or cut and
pasted into other
websites. Links to this website are
more than welcome. Thanks