A Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet Chart

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Welcome to this Friday’s VTNS (Vintage Textile and Needlework Sellers) Fan Freebie!

I thought today I would share a cross stitch alphabet for monograms on clothing and linens. The cross stitch alphabet is also great to use to personalize gifts, stitch verses, wedding and birth records, and as a way to sign your name to your work.

I’m leaving this cross stitch alphabet in .jpg format so that after you’ve saved it you will be able to open it in the photo editing software of your choice so you can resize, crop, touch up, etc.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

Alphabet cross stitch

Some of the things you can do to alter the alphabet is change thread colors, use a different palette besides the blue with black outline. You could make a pattern inside the letters or use backstitches instead of cross stitches for the outline.

By adding stitches between and around the letters or maybe lining the letters up in a crooked or wavy line will give your work a whimsical look.


These Velour Guest Towels by Charles Craft measure 12 by 19½ inches and would be nice as monogrammed gifts for Christmas, a wedding or new home.

They are 100% cotton and come in several colors. The velour is soft and plush while the 14-count Aida is easy to stitch.

 

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Swedish Weaving Patterns for Towels, Place Mats and an Apron

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Swedish Weaving Patterns - Vintage Crafts and More

The Swedish Weaving patterns I’m sharing today are from Modern Trends, a 1954 Coats & Clark booklet. It includes patterns for  Hairpin Lace, Crochet and these Swedish Weaving designs for an Apron, Towels and Place Mats.

The designs are all worked on Huck Toweling or Monk’s Aida Cloth.

To embroidery the designs, skeins of Six Strand Embroidery Floss or Pearl Cotton can be used with good results.

Most huck towels have vertical loops on one side and horizontal loops on the other; each set of directions states on which side the design is to be worked.

Cut threads into 30-inch lengths. When beginning weaving, leave 3 inches of thread free. When weaving is completed weave back through design for 1 inch, or equivalent. Finish off 3-inch length in same manner.

When starting new thread in center of row, begin weaving 1 inch before end of previous thread. When article has been completed, press well on wrong side.

Swedish Weaving Towel and Place Mat Patterns - Vintage Crafts and More

I’ve done two earlier posts that give you the how-to’s of Swedish Weaving. Check out How to do Swedish Weaving and Swedish Weaving Huck Weaving Embroidery Instructions. Both of these posts have written instructions and lots of diagrams on the craft of Swedish Weaving.

 

Swedish Weaving Apron Pattern - Vintage Crafs and More

Below you’ll find the 3-page PDF file to download for later:

Swedish Weaving Patterns PDF

The pattern file is in PDF format so to download it you’ll need the Adobe Reader software on your computer. Most computers come with it, but it is free and can be found here.

Download Instructions: Right-Click the link and select either “save target as” or “save link as” depending on what browser you are using or simply click on it and save or print.

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