Speaking of the embroidery chart, when I first got the machine I stitched out all the stitches
on muslin and I have the piece hanging above my machine sewing area. I starched the bejabbers out of the fabric first to stabilize it; it was fun to do, and has saved me a lot of time testing to see what the stitches really look like for projects.
The piece below it is from a class on Crazy Quilt stitches done on cross-stitch fabric. I thought it was so pretty it has had pride of place for 20 or more years. It is also the only embroidery I've ever done worth showing. I am, without doubt, the world's worst embroiderer, bar none. I inherited a complete selection of all the DMC floss, neatly carded and living in a commercial DMC box. I look at it wistfully, but I know better than to try, I am really hopeless.