Bluebell Sampler


The border from this lovely cross stitch originated in Berlin in about 1867. I took the shape and colours from a charming hand painted Berlin chart. The border design is in pure cross stitch with no backstitch outline. The woodland cottage is defined with a little backstitch in the darkest shade within the palette. The design may be stitched on linen or Aida but remember that the fabric size required will depend on the thread count of your chosen material.

Stitch Count: 148 x 183 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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