• 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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    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

    June Friday - Monday SAL

    olfen Yesterday, 06:36 PM Go to last post

    Lovely work Robert, cant wait to see more

    I didn't manage a lot of stitching but little and often does seem to please the wonky hand

    June Friday - Monday SAL

    Abi Yesterday, 03:21 PM Go to last post

    She is gorgeous! cant wait to see more updates

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    Abi Yesterday, 03:17 PM Go to last post

    Looking good Chris, no more feeble excuses please

    boys on the shore :)

    Abi Yesterday, 03:15 PM Go to last post


    I just re-read your earlier post about a finish in September. Silly me, I thought you meant the next page but I see you meant

    boys on the shore :)

    WendyLee Yesterday, 12:01 PM Go to last post

    Aww, she's precious - just look at those chubby little arms and fingers! I love the beautiful detail in the background.

    Thanks for the update,

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 11:58 AM Go to last post

    Beautiful work xx

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    merrick10uk Yesterday, 07:47 AM Go to last post

    Lol thanks Wendy, no more plans for this year apart from the odd holiday if I can persuade pete we need a hot holiday without the family

    boys on the shore :)

    merrick10uk Yesterday, 07:46 AM Go to last post

    I thought I posted an update last year but I guess not.

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    Aaaccckk 06-18-2018, 04:33 PM Go to last post

    Congratulations on your page finish - it's gorgeous! If no more events happen, you could possibly be finished by the end of the year. (Wow, some people

    boys on the shore :)

    WendyLee 06-18-2018, 01:02 PM Go to last post