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Embroidery Charts​

The Madison Area Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild has a long history of creating on-going projects for our annual programming. Many of these projects have become favorites over the years and the charts have been requested by individuals and stitching groups. Here are some of our favorites.  Scroll to the end of the page for prices/order form.

40th Anniversary Ornament Chart
40th Anniversary Ornament

Fibers: Rainbow Gallery Entice, Neon Rays+, Silk Lame Braid, Kreinik #8 braid & beads

Fabric: 18 count canvas

Stitches: Jessica, basketweave, and crescents, slanted gobelin, elongated cross stitch, and Rhodes stitch

Finished Size: 3” x 3”

Designed for our guild’s 40th anniversary by Debra Steaffens is composed with newer stitches in traditional ruby reds with lime green or purple accents.

Diamond Drops

Fibers: #5 Perle cotton, overdyed floss, Watercolours, & metallics to create a frieze or border design

Fabric: 18 count canvas

Stitches: Border design by Amy Bunger and four Jean Hilton Stitches

Finished Size: 7 ¾” x 9 ¼”

Diamond Drops is an intermediate canvas project. Begin by choosing your canvas color and Watercolours fibers and begin creating your own Diamond Drops.

Diamond Drops Chart
Samplings Chart

Fibers: Multiple fibers of your choice.

Fabric: 28 count linen or 18 count canvas

Stitches: Cross stitch, bargello and other stitches of your choice

Finished Size: 4″ x 6″ (linen) or 6 ¼” x 9 ¼” (canvas)

A Taste of Creativity! This project was developed with the idea that all of us, whether we think we are or not, are creative. Start by picking three crayons randomly and continue with choices in ground fabric, threads, designs and additional colors. This project is designed to give you the opportunity to explore your creative self.

Tulip Trio

Fibers: Suggested threads & colors; your own selection is encouraged

Fabric: 18 count French Blue canvas

Stitches: Variety of composite stitches

Finished Size: 8” x 10”

Bring a touch of spring to your needlework with this beginner/intermediate canvas project picturing three tulips in full bloom complete with buzzing bee originally designed for an on-going project for the Madison Area Chapter EGA.

Tulip Trip Chart
Stitcher's Choice Chart
Stitcher's Choice

Fibers: Your choice

Fabric: Your choice

Stitches: Band techniques include pulled thread, darning patterns and blackwork

Finished Size: With easy adjustment, this piece can be a wall hanging, pillow top, sewing case, evening bag, table runner or other item of your choice.

The sampler’s vertical bands and borders form an interesting but subtle background of texture for the diamond shapes and whatever you choose to put in them. Instructions include diagonal compensation techniques for incorporating the diamond patterns. Choices of center motifs are charted in additional techniques. The color of the lining or backing material you choose will show through the open areas of pulled work and affect the overall color of your work. This is an intermediate level project.

A New Angle

Fibers: Stranded floss and perle cotton

Fabric: 28 or 32 count linen

Stitches: Cross stitch, with a combination of black-work, surface and pulled thread and beads (optional)

Finished Size: 28 count – 5 ¼” x 7 ½ “

This sampler was designed to celebrate Madison Area Chapter’s 20th anniversary year. This intermediate project combines stitches and techniques from past chapter projects. Just to be different, new stitches were used and stitched on the diagonal—a new angle on some of our favorite stitches.

A New Angle
Along the Garden Path Chart
Along the Garden Path

Fibers: Thread choices given or your own selection

Fabric: 18 count mono canvas

Stitches: Pattern darning, Gobelin, variation of sprat’s head & other canvas stitches

Finished Size: 8” x 10”

Take a walk “Along the Garden Path” with this beginner to intermediate piece. Stitch as designed or challenge yourself to explore colors and textures as you complete your “garden”.

Charmed Ribbons

Fibers: There are eight variations charted

Fabric: 18 count mono canvas

Stitches: Honeycomb, continental, basketweave, slanted Gobelin, cashmere, Byzantine, stepped eyelets, Scotch checker, Alicia lace variation & herringbone stitch couched ribbon.

Finished Size: 6” x 7 ¼”

This is a perfect piece for both the canvas novice and the more experienced stitcher who wants to explore using color and texture. The focal point of the design is an attached found object.

Carmed Ribbons Chart
The Legacy Sampler Chart
The Legacy Sampler

Fibers: DMC floss and perle cotton

Fabric: 28 count linen

Stitches: Cross stitch, drawn thread and bargello

Finished Size: 10” x 28”

The 2000 Madison Area EGA Program Committee decided the appropriate way to commemorate the last year of the twentieth century and last year of the millennium, was to design a sampler for the chapter’s ongoing project. In creating this sampler, the goal was to include representative patterns and stitches from each century for which there is recorded information – basically a five hundred year span starting in the late 1500’s to the present. Along with the specific patterns in the sampler, historic information about the various techniques, motifs, and patterns used and sampler-making through the centuries is included.

Here is a sampling of the historical research that was compiled by the committee about samplers:

  • From early records through the present, samplers have been a continuous thread running through both social and women’s history.
  • Many samplers are wonderful works of art and examples of advanced skill for which the embroiderers deserve to be recognized, but very few early samplers have names, dates or locations.
  • Embroidered fragments from Egypt date to approximately 400 A.D. and contain geometric bands and motifs.
  • One of the best known samplers of the sixteenth century is the Jane Bostocke sampler, the first sampler known to have the name of the embroiderer and the date (1598) stitched on it.

When girls in the 1600’s through 1800’s created their samplers in the schoolroom, they were usually given a general pattern that they then personalized if they wished. We encourage you to use your own choice of threads and to add your own personal touches. For that purpose, an additional page of common sampler motifs has been provided.

Find out why this sampler was so important to the Madison EGA chapter and the importance of the name, The Legacy Sampler. We hope you will enjoy stitching this wonderful intermediate piece, as it could become one of your legacy needlework projects.

Order a Chart

If you are interested in ordering any of the charts above or would like more detailed information, please see the contact information on the order form.

Happy stitching!

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