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Needlework/Cross Stitch Charts

We've been creating and uploading small (3" x 3") needlework charts of heraldic charges that can be downloaded or printed out and which you can then work yourself for nearly eleven years now. Along with each chart is the pattern information, the floss color descriptions and numbers (though there is no obligation to follow these color recommendations slavishly. You may prefer to select different tints or colors, as indeed sometimes our own needlework artist has when working from these charts).

To view or download any of these charts, simply click on the hyperlinked name.

Our needlework chart for April is one that I ran across recently in researching the arms of Sir William Stirling Maxwell, 9th Baronet, and Chancellor of the University of Glasgow 1876-1879. You can find those arms, with some additional commentary about a possible error in the depiction in Glasgow, on my blog post for April 10, 2017, on-line at That being said, the heraldic chart for this month is a ring, or gem ring, sometimes also found blazoned as an annulet stoned (specifically, in the chart and in the arms of Sir William, an annulet or stoned azure).

The needlework chart for March was a common heraldic charge, a crest coronet, sometimes also called a "ducal coronet" (which is not the same thing as the coronet of a duke).

Our needlework chart for February was a medieval pattern of tent sometimes found in heraldry, a pavilion.

The free needlework chart for January was another tool used by sheep farmers and textile workers, a pair of shears.

Our free needlework chart for December was a common weaver's tool, a weaver's shuttle.

The needlework chart for November ws a triangular trivet.

Our free needlework chart for October was a gate.

The needlework chart for September was a turnstile, sometimes called a turnpike.

Our needlework chart for August was a charge found on the arms of the Chief of Clan Forbes in Scotland, a bear's head erased and muzzled.

The needlework chart for July was a Continental (two-legged) dragon, a wyvern.

Our needlework chart for June was saltire raguly. If done in red on a white background, it is a well-known military flag of Spain from the 16th Century until 1843.

The needlework chart for May was another form of cross, a cross indented.

We also sell packages that include each year's charts of these charges we have done (at this point, twelve years in all). Or you can purchase a CD-ROM with 144 charts of these heraldic charges in .pdf format. More information on these sets, including a list of the charges contained in them, can be found here.

Other needlework charts available for sale, and information on contacting us about creating customized needlework charts for you, can also be found on our Needlework page here.

You can download a copy of our free sampler screensaver, which contains images from our specialty heraldry-themed screensavers. Additional information about our screensavers for the PC can be found on our Heraldic Arts for the Computer page.

We have a sampler of our PowerPoint educational programs in heraldry available for download here, which contains brief excerpts from each of the programs presently available. More information about our computer-based heraldic educational programs can be found on our Heraldic Arts for the Computer page.

Questions? Comments? Compliments? Complaints? Suggestions for improvement? Or just want to share your successes (or difficulties) with our "free stuff"? Write, call, or e-mail us at the address, telephone number, or e-mail addresses here.

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