Berlin Bell Pull


A faithful copy of one of my early Berlin charts purchased whilst in Vienna. The design was probably painted in early 1865 when hand painted charts were big business. It is worked in pure cross stitch with no fractional stitches and no backstitch. May be worked on linen or Aida. The design may be mounted and framed or made up as a bell pull.

Stitch Count: 56 x 365 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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