• 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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    Robert, Wendy and Abi, thank you for the kind words about Winter. It has been a slog, but yes, it's a peaceful scene.

    This weekend I'm in

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    DebbyS Today, 02:15 AM Go to last post

    starting point for this sal.... previous ia at 5 th april, latest is as at today.

    well there are simply o LNSs near me. For

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    olfen Yesterday, 03:52 PM Go to last post
    Debbie Kluge

    Finally back from vacation and ready to get back to a regular routine. I never got my progress picture posted for the extended SAL at the end of March

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    Debbie Kluge Yesterday, 03:04 PM Go to last post

    Thanks all

    Robert nice work!

    Debby Winter looks lovely

    I'm in with Raquette.

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    Abi Yesterday, 09:12 AM Go to last post

    I am in with Magic Potion or maybe my Hogwarts Classes stitch-a-long that I need to catch up on. I need to do some studying as well.


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    Tamarack29 04-19-2018, 05:39 PM Go to last post

    I'l be in with my Gentleman writing a letter piece

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    olfen 04-19-2018, 03:48 PM Go to last post

    Good morning everyone! This week is our SAL for both GK and non-GK charts. I’ll be continuing on with my Woman in between golf games. We’ll

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    WendyLee 04-19-2018, 03:10 PM Go to last post

    Thank you It is slowly taking shape out of a sea of blobs. Winter progressing nicely, especially the building.

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    olfen 04-18-2018, 06:29 PM Go to last post

    you can do the whole piece diagonally, need a roller frame and adjust as you go along. On this one im in two minds now, i was going to stop at 5 blocks

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    olfen 04-18-2018, 03:44 PM Go to last post

    Beautiful progress, Robert! Just a curious question about the diagonal - could you conceivably do the whole piece diagonally, or does there come a point

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    WendyLee 04-18-2018, 03:37 PM Go to last post