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From: stitcher414
Date: 10-17-2003, 03:39 PM (1 of 3)
I have found a saying that I want to cross stitch for my children for Christmas. I am so used to having the pattern already set, I wonder how do you figure the word count to know what size of fabric it will take? Where's the center?

I want to use 14 count and letters no more than 3 rows high. I have searched the web and my books but no help has been found. Has anyone just made up something and started stitching?

User: stitcher414
Member since: 02-28-2002
Total posts: 10
From: DorothyL
Date: 10-18-2003, 09:56 AM (2 of 3)
Get yourself some graph paper and a pencil. Then if you make mistakes it will be on paper not fabric. And you will have a chart to work with.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: Magot
Date: 10-18-2003, 11:22 AM (3 of 3)
Write out the alphabet you want to use on the graph paper. Then you will know how much space each individual letter takes up. Allow one space between each letter and three between each word and add up how many that comes to for your saying. You can then centre it by halfing the total and start to chart it from the middle. Adjust this if you want the saying to go over 2 lines. It's very simple really, with the graph paper you can try oout so many ideas. get inch paper(10 division to the inch) if you can - metric comes out a bit small but is nigh on impossible to get imperial in England anymore. Strong glasses perhaps!
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
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