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Free Chart Friday: Two Script-y Cross Stitch Alphabets

Today I have two cross stitch alphabets for your use and enjoyment:

pixel font cross stitch alphabet chart


Click on the image to make it bigger, and right click (or control-click on a Mac) to save a copy. Or download a free PDF version from my Craftsy store. These two alphabets are based on two free pixel fonts, Handy (top) and Pixel-Love (bottom). I just put them in an easy cross stitch chart format. I don’t think there are enough small cross stitch (as opposed to back stitch) alphabets out there!

Feel free to use these alphabets in any of your cross stitching projects, but please don’t sell the chart itself. Stitch and enjoy!

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Free Chart Friday: Months of the Year

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I am cheating with a cross stitch chart that uses no cross stitch:

month names backstitch chart

I’m starting on a flower of the month cross stitch project (with free charts from Ellen Maurer-Stroh) and, although she includes a small backstitch alphabet for the project, I wanted something different. So I put together this cursive-y backstitch “alphabet.” Of course, it isn’t really an alphabet because it is missing a lot of letters. It was inspired by this alphabet from About.com. I tweaked some of the letters to make them smaller & to make them look more like my own handwriting (except my handwriting isn’t anywhere close to so orderly).

Usually the free charts I post are for personal use only, but feel free to use this one to stitch up things for sale. Just don’t sell the chart; and give credit and link back to https://pdxstitch.wordpress.com.

Stitch & enjoy!


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Tutorial: Making Basic Cross Stitch Charts with Photoshop

Hello dear readers! Today I will show you how to use Photoshop to make images that are easy to convert into cross stitch charts (using a program like Macstitch or KG-Chart). This is how I start with pretty much every pattern I make.

chart tutorial feature

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • an image (or images) that you want to incorporate into your cross stitch design — remember to use images that you have the rights to, even if you’re just making a design for yourself. It’s not nice to use other people’s art without their permission
  • Adobe Photoshop, (or GIMP, which is free)
  • some familiarity with using Photoshop or GIMP — there are many tutorials online for both of these programs, if my explanations are unclear: here’s a getting started guide for Photoshop & a list of tutorials for GIMP
  • a cross stitch chart program — I have used and liked MacStitch (paid, Mac & Windows options available) & KG-Chart (free, but Windows only); there are many, many others (including web-browser based ones) — as long as they have an image-to-chart conversion feature they should work

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Free Chart: Red Rose

Today I have another free chart for you, a little red rose design. The two charts are the same, one has colors & symbols, the other is black and white (symbols only). You can click on either of them to make them bigger.

symbols on color red rose cross-stitch chart

symbol-only red rose cross stitch chart

Here is what it looks like stitched up (this is 2 strands on 16 count aida):


Enjoy, & share pictures if you stitch up this rose!

Free charts are for personal use only. Please read my free chart use policy here.

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