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Converting Charted Designs
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.
 

Cross Stitch


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 fabric.

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.

 

Counted Blackwork

The design when stitched on linen fabric, when counting the the fabric threads as you stitch. 1 square on the graph equals 2 fabric threads of linen.


A charted Blackwork design. It works the same principle as Back stitching in Cross stitch. Back stitch is used counting the threads as you stitch to get an even stitch result.

On Aida fabric 1 square equals 1 square on the fabric.
Back stitch is used counting the square on the fabric as you stitch to get an even stitch result.

 

 

 

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 be used,

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 drawing
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 you stitching.
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

 

       
 


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