It is likely that "Alphabet 20 - Countdown" is the only cross stitch
letter set that already exists in every home.
It started out on digital clocks, and now can be found on your stove, microwave, television, cable box, cell phone and any other electronic devices that rely on digital readouts.
"Countdown," evokes stopwatches, alarm clocks, stove readouts, shuttle launches... The list goes on.
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Click here or on the picture above for a printable PDF pattern for Countdown Alphabet Design 20. A new window (or tab) will open so you can keep your place here.
These are easy characters to stitch, using only full cross stitches, 1/4 stitches and backstitches.
When stitched on 14-count evenweave fabric using DMC floss, use:
These letters have varying widths, but most of the upper and lower case letters are 10 stitches wide.
Use quarter stitches to shape the angled points on the letters, and use the backstitch outline to complete those sides. You can learn how to make a quarter stitch by clicking on the link above, or on the "How To..." button on the left menu, then selecting "Quarter Stitch Tutorial" at the bottom of the page. Other unfamiliar stitches can be found the same way.
You can change the floss color to reflect your tastes and to coordinate with your existing cross stitch project. Use the same number of strands that you are using throughout the rest of your pattern.
Learn how to select and adapt cross stitch alphabets by clicking on the "Alphabet 123s" button on the left menu, or click here.
Click here for a printable cross stitch pattern for "Countdown".
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