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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 December is a medieval mason's tool, an A-frame level.

The needlework chart for November was a pair of angles braced.

Our free needlework chart for October was 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.

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.




You can download a copy of our free sampler screensaver, which contains images from our specialty themed screensavers. Additional information about our screensavers for the PC can be found on our Heraldic Arts for the Computer page.




We have a sampler of our PowerPoint educational programs in heraldry available for download here, which contains brief excerpts from each of the programs presently available. More information about our computer-based heraldic educational programs can be found on our Heraldic Arts for the Computer page.


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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