• How we design

    Detail from the stitched pieceMost cross stitch patterns sold today are computer generated. That process is quick and easy by the automatic use of computers, but unfortunately gives a poor result

    DMC (and others) have up to a few hundred different floss colors available. Pictures often consist of millions of colors.

    If there are one hundred shades of blue in a picture (not rareat all if you look at the pixels in the picture),the computer might have ten different blue floss shades to choose from in the translation and it has no way of knowing which pixels are important in the picture and which ones it can ignore.

    Most computer-generated patterns look very different from the source pictures and the finished piece often looks flat and loses all its natural glow and beauty.

    Golden Kite Designs



    Detail from the colorized pattern (this is the kind of picture you will find representing all our patterns in our online catalog)First of all, we are very careful when we select the images we want to work with. For each pattern you see in our shop, we have selected that motif out of hundreds of other.

    Then we prepare the picture by enhancing colors and shades and retouching it to get a clean source.

    Next step is to analyze the colors. This step is made by hand. We select the important parts in the source and create the necessary colors. Yes, we create colors! We are not restricted to the few hundred colors available as floss colors.

    Blended Colors



    Detail from the symbol pattern (this is the look of the actual pattern you will work with)By blending colors we get almost an infinite number of color shades to work with in our designs. Blending means that when you do the stitching you take one strand of a certain color and one strand of another color and use together for certain stitches. This technique gives (when using DMC floss) about 160.000 shades for us to use instead of the 400 available as pure colors.

    Solids-Only patterns



    We also offer patterns made of solid DMC colors only without the blends. This makes them perfect for Petit Point stitching (half cross stitches) when using one thread only or for ordinary cross stitch with one, two or more threads.
    These patterns are typically quicker and a bit easier to work.
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    merrick10uk

    I have several in a folder and one of them is pansys - will have a look at the link and post it on here xx

    boys on the shore :)

    merrick10uk Yesterday, 10:21 PM Go to last post
    merrick10uk

    Good progress Robert

    Thank you Wendy, no it seems that the end is in sight now

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    olfen

    reached this pont with Gentleman writing been slow a this diagonal is rather confettious i will do some more today, but don't think I'll get more than

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    WendyLee

    Thank you Chris and Robert. Hahaha Robert, I'll do my best - two is plenty to stitch!

    Lovely work Chris! You've made a great start

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 12:07 PM Go to last post
    WendyLee

    Are there any charts that are particularly catching your eye?

    boys on the shore :)

    WendyLee Yesterday, 12:01 PM Go to last post
    olfen

    Lovely work Wendy. just make sure he does not end up with three arms, then it will be ok

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    olfen Yesterday, 10:44 AM Go to last post
    merrick10uk

    Lol ok Abi, I promise thank you x I can’t wait t get on the bottom row as they are all only part pages woohoo xx then to choose my next one which

    boys on the shore :)

    merrick10uk Yesterday, 08:29 AM Go to last post
    merrick10uk

    Beautiful work Wendy and Abi.

    Abi, it isn’t a race so little at a time is good if it means you can keep stitching xxx

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    merrick10uk Yesterday, 08:25 AM Go to last post
    WendyLee

    Beautiful work, Abi! Pleasing the wonky hand is best, even if you don't get to stitch as much as you like. It look like you've reached the end of the

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 02:11 AM Go to last post
    olfen

    Thank you Abi i am intrigued what the dark blob in the top right hand corner is going to be this is coming along nicely

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