Old Red Letters


I charted this lovely scrolly alphabet from a French sampler in my collection adding the pretty key motifs from the same sampler. The letters are worked in pure cross stitch with no fractional stitches. My preference would be to stitch these on unbleached linen but then it is my favourite fabric! You can, of course, work this on any fabric of your choice but remember that the thread count of your fabric will determine the completed size of the completed stitching.

Stitch Count: 169 x 90 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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