A Map of England


Charted from one of my antique map samplers, it features the old counties of England. I have included a backstitch alphabet which you do not need to stitch but allows you to personalise your sampler. I suggest working all the writing in dark grey. This is worked in pure cross stitch so you could stitch this on the fabric of your choice.

Stitch Count: 179 x 219 Work out the design size

Design Size

To work out the design size (or the stitched area) you need to divide the stitch count by the number of stitches to the inch (2.5cm) on the fabric. You then add enough fabric to this measurement to allow for framing etc. If a stitch count is not shown on any design, you will need to count across the design and down the design, which will give you the stitch count.

Example: 140 stitches divided by 14 (Aida) = 10 inches

If working on evenweave fabric, remember that you generally work over two fabric threads, thus 28-count linen is also 14-count when doing the sum. I suggest adding 5 inches to the design size on a project to make sure you have an adequate margin for mounting and framing. Obviously you can adapt this amount when working a small card of lid top.

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