Your Stitching is Off the Charts: Working from Books

Long before canvas printing was perfected, charts were used as a guide for stitchers to follow.  Each square of colour on a chart represents a stitch on the canvas.  By following a chart and counting the squares of the grid, stitchers are able to precisely copy a design onto blank canvas. 

Today, our kits come with a precision printed canvas but each still includes a chart card that can be referenced to aid with exact colour placement. Many stitchers also enjoy working directly from the charts found in our three books written by Liz. Each book comes with a wealth of charted designs original to the Elizabeth Bradley archives, a list of wool shades for each specific design and stitching tips to help with the process. If you are looking for a challenge, working from a chart is the perfect way to expand upon your skills. Once you have selected a design, you will need to make sure you have the correct materials to get started.  

First, you will need to calculate the size of the canvas you will use. We stock blank 10-count interlock canvas in 3 sizes - 10”, 20”, & 1 metre cuts. To determine which size you need, measure the stitched design area by counting around the perimeter of the chart. Every ten squares equals an inch. You will need to leave at least 2” of blank space around the design for finishing or if you intend to use a frame.

Next, you will find a list of the thread colours and quantities specific to the design. To convert the reference colour shown in the book to our current wool numbers, use the wool conversion tool available on our website. More experienced stitchers may find it fun to change colour palettes and explore additional background options. Each colour quantity is listed in yards - you will need to divide the total to find whether you need multiples of 10-yard cards or 60-yard hanks. 

Finally, some stitchers choose to magnify the chart so they can ensure they are working tight areas correctly. You can easily read your chart if you take a picture with your cell phone, then zoom in on the exact area to see it in better detail. 

Once you have your materials and chart, you are ready to start stitching. Share your creations with us by tagging us in your social media posts!

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