Charted alphabets are one of the most popular areas of cross stitch, needlepoint and other charted/counted crafts. Probably it’s because they are so generally useful.
Use a single letter to make a monogram, stitch a name, create a personalized gift, or use them for a sampler — all these possibilities and more happen when you have a good alphabet.
Calli is based on basic calligraphic letters and includes both upper and lower case. It was designed by me several years ago to be used to personalize Christmas stockings. It’s still a great use for these letters because they have an elegance that makes them work when a piece will be treasured for decades.
This alphabet is unusual, as you can see from the A&B chart above. The capitals aren’t much bigger than the basic lower case letters. In addition lower case letters that are tall are bigger than the capitals. Keep this in mind when charting a name and leave enough room.
Unlike most of my charts, this is charted with the symbols in the squares of the grid instead on on the intersections. One symbol is still one needlepoint Tent Stitch.
This alphabet can be used for perler beads, other beadwork, knitting, cross stitch, or any craft that uses whole stitches.
To see the full-size chart, click on it.
Here’s the rest of the letters:
- C & D
- E & F
- G & H
- I & J
- K & L
- M & N
- O & P
- Q & R
- S & T
- U & V
- W & X
- Y & Z