Embroidery Chart

Embroidery chart with colour instructions. Embroidery chart with colour instructions.

For centuries, lined and graph paper charts have been domestically and commercially available for creating counted thread embroidery designs, especially in cross stitch and tent stitch. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, coloured charts in Europe and America had to be hand painted in order to indicate the correct colours. Later in the century, machine printed charts became available.

A well-known example of this type of chart are the Berlin wool work charts of the nineteenth century. By 2014, complex charts, sometimes with over one hundred colours, were commercially available. At the same time, the advent of home computers meant that special software for making embroidery charts also became widely used.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 7th July 2016).


Last modified on Friday, 12 May 2017 12:49
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