Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cross-stitch Software Trials

A few months back, I stumbled upon a software for creating cross-stitch designs. It was reasonably priced so I thought I'd try it out. Well, as usual...in my world anyway...I've not had any time to play around with it. Until this week, and even then...only for a few hours.
Here's my first attempt.
 A simple little monogram..."S"...of course! I wanted to add locations for silk ribbon and embroideried leaves...but have not yet figured out just how to draw symbols...so, I used the lazy daisy flowers and heart straight stitches as substitutes for my roses and leaves. The little dots are intended to be beads.

I'm going to keep on trying to get something usable...but thought I'd share the process.

The software will also convert photos into cross-stitch...with some manipulation. Here is the conversion of a photo of flowers.
And here is the photo charted into symbols.
I think you should be able to pull these images into any software that accepts a photo...like Word, Publisher, etc. and print out the size you want it to be.

And, here is the color chart...if you are brave of heart!

Fabric: Linen 26, White
136w X 135h Stitches

Size: 26 Count, 5-1/8w X 5-1/8h in

2-strands of DMC floss used:
Symbol DMC Number & Color
Z          150 Dusty Rose-UL VY DK
ú          152 Shell Pink-MD LT
Ý          223 Shell Pink-LT
(           225 Shell Pink-UL VY LT
¿          300 Mahogany-VY DK
OE       301 Mahogany-MD
¾         309 Rose-DK
—         310 Black
|           315 Antique Mauve-VY DK
à          321 Christmas Red
_          326 Rose-VY DK
I           355 Terra Cotta-DK
Ö          356 Terra Cotta-MD
"           370 Mustard-MD
Ì           372 Mustard-LT
\           400 Mahogany-DK
'           434 Brown-LT
y          436 Tan
…         437 Tan-LT
Ô          451 Shell Gray-DK
Ê          452 Shell Gray-MD
k          498 Christmas Red-DK
™         600 Cranberry-VY DK
ˆ           603 Cranberry
å          611 Drab Brown
Ò          612 Drab Brown-LT
‡          640 Beige Gray-VY DK
°           642 Beige Gray-DK
P          645 Beaver Gray-VY DK
’           648 Beaver Gray-LT
=          676 Old Gold-LT
¯          680 Old Gold-DK
G          729 Old Gold-MD
.           738 Tan-VY LT
¥          758 Terra Cotta-VY LT
ù          778 Antique Mauve-VY LT
[           779 Cocoa-DK
A          801 Coffee Brown-DK
¤          814 Garnet-DK
W         815 Garnet-MD
1          819 Baby Pink-LT
]           829 Golden Olive-VY DK
²           831 Golden Olive-MD
z           833 Golden Olive-LT
¡           842 Beige Brown-VY LT
Q          894 Carnation-VY LT
–          899 Rose-MD
é          902 Garnet-VY DK
q          918 Red Copper-DK
O          934 Black Avocado Green
K          936 Avocado Green-VY DK
É          938 Coffee Brown-UL DK
C          948 Peach-VY LT
s          950 Desert Sand-LT
0          951 Tawny-LT
X          956 Geranium
„           961 Dusty Rose-DK
ó          3012 Khaki Green-MD
b          3021 Brown Gray-VY DK
          3031 Mocha Brown-VY DK
4          3033 Mocha Brown-VY LT
N          3046 Yellow Beige-MD
€          3326 Rose-LT
_          3350 Dusty Rose-UL DK
á          3362 Pine Green-DK
V          3364 Pine Green
ü          3371 Black Brown
£          3688 Mauve-MD
−          3689 Mauve-LT
{           3722 Shell Pink-MD
$          3727 Antique Mauve-LT
ç          3731 Dusty Rose-VY DK
*           3733 Dusty Rose
¬          3773 Desert Sand-MD
¸           3781 Mocha Brown-DK
‚           3782 Mocha Brown-LT
D          3787 Brown Gray-DK
Ñ          3805 Cyclamen Pink
?          3826 Golden Brown
¶          3828 Hazelnut Brown
U          3830 Terra Cotta-MD
f           3831 Raspberry-DK
Ÿ          3836 Grape-LT
€          3856 Mahogany-UL VY LT
Ï           3858 Rosewood-MD
´           3859 Rosewood-LT
Î           3860 Cocoa
p          3861 Cocoa-LT
À          3862 Mocha Beige-DK
%         3864 Mocha Beige-LT


If you want to try creating your own cross-stitch patterns...then check out the Pattern Maker software details (and others too) at Hobbyware.
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