Many newbies find cross stitching quite difficult at first. This is where cross stitch charts are most advantageous since you’ll be able to learn how to stitch properly.
Basically, you need to stitch the design based on the pattern by counting the squares on the fabric and using colored threads.
Here are the important points to remember when reading cross stitch charts:
You’ll find a corresponding chart that has details when you buy a cross stitch kit. You will have to buy the threads and fabric separately if you only chose to buy the chart.
Charts would often have the fabric’s details for a specific pattern as well as alternative counts for resizing the design. Most cross stitch charts are also likely to provide the finished size of particular designs but not the fabric size.
If you plan to work on a 4×4 pattern, your fabric’s size should be 8×8. The 2-inch allowances on each corner come in handy during the framing process.
There are bold lines on every 10 squares of a chart which essentially forms a grid. The holes in the fabric are represented by the squares. And each square/hole that needs to be stitched is represented by a symbol. Do not stitch the fabric if the corresponding square on the pattern doesn’t have a symbol.
The colors you need to use are represented by symbols on the squares. You can identify the corresponding thread color by referring to the color key on the chart. For example, if the color “red” on the color key is represented on the squares as the “#” symbol, this means that you need to stitch them using red thread.
* Typical cross stitch charts would have the thread number code as well as the color variant/shade. So when purchasing a stand-alone chart, make sure that it has both the thread color code and the color variant/shade.
By identifying the arrows at the sides and top of the chart, you’ll be able to determine the center of the fabric. Follow the arrows down and across by tracing a line with a pencil and ruler. Mark the meeting point of the lines at the center of the chart.
It’s not really hard to use cross stitch charts. You will surely appreciate the purpose of charts when you see that the finished products look more appealing and properly made.