The Locomotive cross stitch alphabet positively exudes "action." With its forward slant, it seems to be in motion. It speaks of speed, determination, persistence... I could go on, but you get the idea. If you want to portray getting something done, moving it along, this is you alphabet.
Locomotive Cross Stitch Alphabet is stitched on 18-count Aida over one thread. I used DMC floss:
These letters have varying widths. When possible, normal, wide and narrow versions of uppercase letters are provided. These should help you squeeze text into shorter lines or expand into longer ones.
For the partial stitches that make up the angles, you can use either 1/4 cross stitches, letting the backstitch outline complete it; or, use 3/4 cross stitches with the outline for a fuller look. The fabric and the floss strand count will affect your choice for each project. If you are uncertain, try stitching a few sample letters in the corner of your fabric.
It is assumed that you will change the floss color to reflect your tastes and to coordinate with the rest of your project. Use the same number of strands that you are using throughout the rest of your cross stitch pattern.
To learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabets, click here to read "The 123's of the Counted Cross Stitch Alphabet".
Click here for a printable cross stitch pattern for this alphabet.
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