It took me quite a while to finish up this project, cross stitch always takes longer than you think it will… I love cross stitch but I don’t necessarily like Aida fabric for large projects. This was my compromise, to do it on linen with a fairly defined thread count.
As you can see I started with marking out a grid on the fabric with tailor’s chalk, but between cats napping on it and kids spilling juice, it faded and I ended up first counting the threads instead, and later just eyeballing it. I love how precise it looks on the photograph, because it’s not, trust me.
I found the pattern for the monograms in a Creative Threads magazine published years ago and therefore can’t give you a pattern, but I suggest you visit Free Patterns Online for similar charts.