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 some 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).
The needlework chart for May is a pair of crampons in saltire. (Crampons are a metal reinforcing bracket often found on older brick buildings in Europe.)
Our needlework chart for April ws another well-known knot badge, a Hungerford knot.
The needlework chart for March was a famous badge, a Stafford knot.
Our needlework chart for February was a cross pomelly.
The free needlework chart for January is a Cross of Toulouse (as found on that city's coat of arms), also sometimes blazoned a cross clechy, voided and pometty).
Our free needlework chart for December is a serpent found in an old German armorial.
The needlework chart for November was a charge usually found strewn across a field or a charge, looking somewhat like raindrops. This one, being black, is a goutte sable, or a goutte de poix (of pitch).
Our free needlework chart for October was a variant of a fess engrailed of last May, only this time with the "points" facing inward, and then "corded," alternating the tinctures so it looks a bit like a rope, a fess invected corded.
The needlework chart for September was a fess dancetty, sometimes blazoned simply, a dance (because of the way it zig-zags, or "dances," across the shield.
Our needlework chart for August ws a fess indented.
The needlework chart for July looked similar to the previous month's, but is actually (different because the crenellations are now opposite instead of in synch), a fess bretessed.
Our needlework chart for June was a fess embattled counter-embattled.
We also sell packages that include all of the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth year's charts of these charges. Or you can purchase a CD-ROM with all 96 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.
To help maintain the maintain uniformity as well as to make printing the individual charts easier, we have saved them in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat which will allow you to open and print these charts, Adobe has a free Acrobat Reader which you can download from their website at www.adobe.com.
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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