• 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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    Lucette

    Debbie these are lovely pictures! I really like the rainbow of colours in the one that looks like a tube. I think you are right about the black fabric.

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    Lucette Yesterday, 04:48 PM Go to last post
    Debbie Kluge

    Somewhat belatedly, but I am in for this weekend. And Wendy, I'd welcome having both GK and non-GK patterns available for each SAL, particularly since

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    Lucette

    Thanks Wendy! I will look these up, I am a hugh bookworm!

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    WendyLee

    Thank you Nirmal!

    You've made lovely progress on your garden, and there are beautiful details appearing already. I love the colours!

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    Lucette

    Thanks Nirmal! I love the colours in your pattern! The pictures are up but when you click on them they are sideways. Mine always come out sideways.

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    Lucette 10-13-2018, 04:39 PM Go to last post
    Bellegurl

    May I ask: do my images come out sideways or the right way? You see, when I view them from my desktop, they are the right way, and right now on my iPad,

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    Bellegurl 10-13-2018, 03:48 AM Go to last post
    Bellegurl

    Hi all! So sorry I didn't come in with my pictures-real life sort of got in the way! But now I'm free!

    Lucette, I see you DID have a great

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    WendyLee

    Thanks for the input, Lucette!

    I've moved over to his abdomen for the time being. I reached the end of the page on his arm and the beginning

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    Lucette

    Morning! I will join with Cafe Terrace at Night. I hope to finish page two and start a new one before Monday. It doesn’t matter to me if it is

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    WendyLee

    Good morning everyone! Another SAL weekend is here, and I have been thinking. Seeing as our participation level has been going down (hopefully temporarily),

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