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How to keep your place on a Blackwork or Cross Stitch chart
{DIY Chart Marker tutorial}

How to keep your place on a Blackwork or Cross Stitch chartSome charted designs for counted-thread embroideries, especially Blackwork, are very intricate and it’s easy to lose track of stitches.

To avoid this, you can:

– make a photocopied “working copy” of the pattern and use a highlighter to mark the completed areas

– fix the original chart on a metal board, and surround the area where you are working with magnetic strips and rulers (see photo to the right)

Alternatively, here is a simple and inexpensive chart marker that you can easily create by yourself:

DIY Chart Marker

DIY chart marker - Ajisai Press

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You will need:

  • cardstock (preferably in a dark contrasting colour)
  • ruler
  • paper cutter
  • decorative-edge scissors (optional)

 

Cut a strip of cardstock, about 4,5 cm wide, and about 1,5 cm longer than your chart page on each side.

If you want, you can also decorate the two lateral edges using a pair of scalloped scissors. DIY chart marker 4Then, following the template below, cut two horizontal lines with the same width of the pattern sheet.

Chart Marker template - Ajisai Press

Your chart marker is now ready to be used: insert the chart through the two openings, and slide and position the marker where you need it.

You can use it alone or combined with another marker, with single sheets or with books and magazines.

DIY chart marker for cross stitch patterns - Ajisai Press

DIY cross-stitched chart marker - Ajisai PressOf course, you can make many other markers in any size, colour and material.

You can also add a personal touch using a colorful patterned cardstock or, why not, a piece of perforated paper worked in cross stitch.


 

The chart marker below was stitched on 18-count burgundy perforated paper with stranded cotton threads, using a floral motif from the book “Vintage Cross Stitch Borders“.

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Birth of a design: Blackwork orchids

… Inspiration …

orchids 1

orchids 2

orchids 3

orchids 4

… Ink Sketch …

blackwork orchids - Ink sketch

… Final Design …

blackwork orchids - design

… Embroidery …

blackwork orchids - embroidery

ORCHIDS
A blackwork design by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
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… From our Blackwork Patterns Collection …

 

blackwork pattern - orchids - ajisai designs ORCHIDS
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork pattern – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 136 x 93
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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blackwork pattern - orchids - ajisai designs ORCHIDS
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork pattern – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 136 x 93
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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Floral Alphabet - Ajisai DesignsFLORAL ALPHABET
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork and Cross Stitch charts – PDF printable version
Stitch count (for each letter): 134 x 134
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, backstitch or Holbein stitch, beads

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enchanted books ajisai designs ENCHANTED BOOKS
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Cross Stitch charts – PDF printable version
Stitch count (for each design): 230 x 170
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, backstitch

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JULIA
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 109 x 132
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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KOI FISH by Ajisai DesignsKOI FISH
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart and tutorial – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 107 x 149
Stitches: Holbein stitch, backstitch, trellis couching stitch, ray stitch

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MELANIE
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork charts (front and back of the doll) and tutorial – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 52 x 107
Stitches: Holbein stitch or backstitch

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fuchsias in bloom - ajisaidesignsFUCHSIAS IN BLOOM
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 96 x 215
Stitches: Holbein Stitch or backstitch

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waterlily-ajisaidesigns-1WATER LILY
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 136 x 119
Stitches: Holbein Stitch or backstitch

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puppy dog by ajisaidesignsPUPPY DOG
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 115 x 180
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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ladybug by ajisaidesignsLADYBUG & DAISY
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork and cross stitch chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 201 x 144
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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preview mini blackwork motifsMINI BLACKWORK MOTIFS
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork charts – PDF printable version
Stitch count (for each motif): 38 x 38
Stitches: Holbein stitch

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ivy wreath ajisaidesigns preview-1IVY WREATH
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 135 x 131
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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REDbirds ajisaidesignsRED BIRDS & BERRIES
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: 3 Blackwork and Cross Stitch charts – PDF printable version
Stitch count (for each motif): 100 x 100
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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BLUEbirds ajisaidesignsBLUE BIRDS & BERRIES
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: 3 Blackwork and Cross Stitch charts – PDF printable version
Stitch count (for each motif): 100 x 100
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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persian-cat-ajisaidesigns-1PERSIAN CAT
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 83 x 180
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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Butterflies Collection - Ajisai PressBUTTERFLIES
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: 3 Blackwork and Cross Stitch charts – PDF printable version
Maximum stitch count (for each motif): 110 x 289
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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Warm Winter Collection - Ajisai PressWARM WINTER COLLECTION
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: 2 Blackwork and Cross Stitch charts – PDF printable version
Stitch count (for each motif):104 x 122
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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curious goats ajisaidesignsCURIOUS GOATS
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 333 x 242
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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welcome ajisaidesignsWELCOME TO OUR HOME
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: 4 Blackwork and Cross Stitch charts – PDF printable version
Stitch counts:
– The three “Welcome” patterns, in English (“Welcome to our home“), French (“Bienvenue chez nous“) and Italian (“Benvenuti a casa nostra“): 110 x 214
Little key: 70 x 59
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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SPARROWSandGRAPES ajisaidesignsSPARROWS AND GRAPES
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork and cross stitch chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 90 x 212
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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Romantic Winter Blooms - Ajisai DesignsROMANTIC WINTER BLOOMS COLLECTION
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork and cross stitch charts – PDF printable version
Stitches: Cross Stitch, Three-quarter Cross Stitch, Holbein Stitch, Long Stitch, French Knot

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HUMMINGBIRD Ajisai PressHUMMINGBIRD
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork and cross stitch chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 160 x 120
Stitches: Cross stitch, three-quarter cross stitch, Holbein stitch

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JELLYFISH
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 390 x 140
Stitches: Holbein Stitch, beads and paillettes

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IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
by Valentina Sardu for Ajisai Designs
Product type: Blackwork chart – PDF printable version
Stitch count: 200 x 204
Stitches: Holbein Stitch

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