Needlework/Cross Stitch Charts
We've been creating and uploading small (3" x 3") needlework charts of heraldic charges that can be downloaded or printed out and which you can then work yourself for nearly eleven years now. Along with each chart is the pattern
information, the floss color descriptions and numbers (though there is no obligation to follow these color recommendations slavishly. You may prefer to select different tints or colors, as indeed sometimes our own needlework artist
has when working from these charts).
To view or download any of these charts, simply click on the hyperlinked name.
Our free needlework chart for October is a gridiron, a tool used for grilling meat over a fire. It is also sometimes found in heraldry as the medium of St. Lawrence's martyrdom.
The needlework chart for September was a boar's head couped close. For the difference between this boar's head couped close and our earlier (June 2004) boar's head erased, I can do no better than to quote Motley Heraldry:
The boar's head couped in English fashion
Shows the neck-a generous ration;
In Scotland, when this charge appears
It's cut of close behind the ears;
But with the herald's wonted tact
I draw no moral from this fact.
Our needlework chart for August was a martlet volant, or flying.
The needlework chart for July was an orb.
Our needlework chart for June was a lion passant guardant (walking to the side, but looking straight out at the viewer).
The needlework chart for May was a seeblatt, a stylized water-lily leaf found in German heraldry.
Our needlework chart for April was a cross patty fitchy, as in the attributed Welsh arms of Cadwallader.
The needlework chart for March was an apple slipped and leaved, taken from a German armorial dated 1605.
Our needlework chart for February was a Tudor rose (a rose upon a rose, one red, one white, or in "herald-speak," a double rose gules and argent).
The free needlework chart for January was a star or mullet of eight points.
Our free needlework chart for December was yet another, somewhat whimsical shield shape from that same 1555 German armorial. (This one reminds me of the Batman symbol, actually. But clearly, with a date of 1555, it predates Batman by about 400 years.)
The needlework chart for November was a somewhat whimsical shield shape taken from a German armorial dated 1555.
We also sell packages that include all of the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, or tenth year's charts of these charges. Or you can purchase a CD-ROM with all 120 charts of these heraldic charges in .pdf format. More information on these sets, including a list of the charges contained in them, can be found here.
Other needlework charts available for sale, and information on contacting us about creating customized needlework charts for you, can also be found on our Needlework page here.
Questions? Comments? Compliments? Complaints? Suggestions for improvement? Or just want to share your successes (or difficulties) with our "free stuff"? Write, call, or e-mail us at the address, telephone number, or e-mail addresses here.
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