15th Century German Cross-Stitch Script

Shortly after I took an interest in cross-stitch last year, I of course began to wonder if I could find medieval examples of it. It didn’t take long to find those answers, and the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild was a great place to get started. I’m planning a simple introduction class to share what I’ve learned, but for now I’ll just share the script I charted from a 15th cent German piece. (This is really nothing spectacular, but I couldn’t find it anywhere else and figured someone else might be able to use it too. 🙂 )

I charted this in MS Paint, with “Gridlines” selected under the “View” tab (in the Windows 7 version). Each pixel, or square, represents 1 stitch. I can make this available in other colors upon request. The three letters in the dashed-line box (j, v, w) were not part of the alphabet at that time, so I created these letters based on the other letters in the extant piece.