What is a cross stitch graph?

What is a cross stitch graph?

A cross stitch chart tells you everything you need to know about where to stitch and what color to use. The grid on a cross stitch chart corresponds to the grid created by the weave of the fabric, and each colored square on the chart represents a cross stitch.

Can you design cross stitch patterns?

There are two main ways you can do cross stitch pattern design – by hand and using software. Designing by hand is quite simple – you can draw your image onto a sheet of graph paper with a pencil (or trace it or use transfer paper).

How do I make a linen tablecloth?


  1. Measure Table. Measure the length and width of your table.
  2. Iron + Trace. Linen is naturally wrinkly and textured.
  3. Cut + Iron Edges. As my college professor would say, “measure twice, cut once”.
  4. Sew Sides. Hem the long sides by stitching as close as possible to your ½” ironed edge.
  5. Iron + Enjoy.

How do you design a cross stitch pattern?

If you want to create a custom cross stitch piece, you will need a custom pattern. Start by choosing your design, which can be a photograph or a drawing. Then, trace the design onto a piece of grid paper. Complete your pattern by filling in the grid to indicate the stitch placement, thread color, and stitch type.

How does a cross stitch graph paper work?

Cross stitch graph paper consists of a grid with horizontal and vertical lines. A designer uses this paper, or the software equivalent, to create an image that can be stitched. Symbols are placed in each square to represent a stitch type and color.

Why are there bold lines in cross stitch?

This means that you will see a bold line, every 10 squares, both vertically and horizontally. These bold lines are there to make it easy for you to calculate the size of a design. At a glance you can count by 10s and quickly see how many stitches there are in length and width.

How big is graph paper compared to fabric?

Doing so eliminates the need for calculating the final design size. For example, if your fabric is 14-count, and your graph paper is 14 count, each section (divided by bold lines) on your graph paper equals one inch on your fabric. While designing, I often must visualize just how much detail I can add in the space I have available.