• 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 Mireille! I have no idea where to put her yet, but I'm still working on it.

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 08:14 PM Go to last post

    Wendy, she is gorgeous! I think you choose the perfect frame and mat for her. She is beautiful. I hope you can find the right space on your wall for

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    Lika Yesterday, 03:33 PM Go to last post

    Thank you very much, Abi and Anthony!

    Abi, I didn't think to click on it, and mine rotates properly now too. Thanks for the tip!

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 02:54 PM Go to last post

    Great, Abi! You can stitch to your heart's content.

    Now we have snow on the ground too, although they are forecasting rain for Wednesday.

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 02:51 PM Go to last post

    Wendy yes the floss arrived I haven't had much time to stitch yet but I will have today (hopefully)

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    Abi Yesterday, 10:30 AM Go to last post

    Wendy congratulation on a beautiful finish!

    Lesbia is gorgeous and the frame and matting are perfect, the 1st picture rotates to the correct

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    Abi Yesterday, 10:28 AM Go to last post
    not enough time

    She is absolutely stunning Wendy.

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    not enough time Yesterday, 04:34 AM Go to last post

    She's finally back from the framer! I wasn't quite sure how I liked the colour of the mat, but everyone else seems to like it and it's starting to grow

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    WendyLee 12-09-2017, 06:40 PM Go to last post

    Debbie, is sounds like you're on a roll with your Midnight Moon. I look forward to seeing it in a couple of weeks! I'm like Abi, looking geeky with

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    WendyLee 12-09-2017, 06:37 PM Go to last post

    Thanks Wendy, seems like a good weekend to stitch here as we had an inch or 2 of snow last night and during the day it started to melt but now the temps

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    Abi 12-08-2017, 11:20 PM Go to last post