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...
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.