How to use our charts and keys

We’re sure you’ll want to start stitch­ing our gor­geous de­signs straight away. Here’s how to fol­low our charts and keys...

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Read­ing a chart

fOur charts are printed in both colour and sym­bols. Each square on a cross stitch chart con­tains a sym­bol, and each sym­bol cor­re­sponds with one stitch. The key that ac­com­pa­nies the chart will tell you what colour thread each sym­bol cor­re­sponds to, so you know which one to thread your nee­dle with.

Where to start

fThe cen­tre of most cross stitch charts is spe­cially marked. This is the best place to start stitch­ing, so you end up with the de­sign stitched in the mid­dle of the fab­ric. The cen­tre of our charts is where the heavy ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal lines in­ter­sect. To find the cen­tre of your fab­ric, fold it in half hor­i­zon­tally, open it up and fold it ver­ti­cally. When you open the fab­ric again, you’ll find the creases mark the cen­tre.

Fol­low­ing our keys

fAll of our Crazyy charts have keys that tell you how many strands of thread to stitch in (most thread is six-stranded), the thread num­bers needed, the size of the de­sign and whether there are back­stitch lines, French knots or frac­tional stitches. The thread num­bers listed in the first col­umn of the key re­fer to the brand that we’ve used to stitch the de­sign. Con­ver­sion num­bers for two other brands of threads are given. Th­ese are not al­ways ex­act equiv­a­lents, but are the clos­est match avail­able.

Find­ing what you need

fEach of our projects in­cludes a shop­ping list, telling you what type and size of fab­ric you’ll need. It also tells you what size frame and mount you’ll need to fin­ish it off. If we’ve made any­thing out of the or­di­nary from our stitch­ing, we’ll tell you what you need to recre­ate it.

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