• 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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    Good morning everyone! As you all know, there are five weekends this month, which means that once again we get to hold an extended SAL! Everyone enjoys

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    WendyLee Today, 01:57 PM Go to last post

    I hope it works for you, Robert. Keep us posted!

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    WendyLee Today, 01:42 PM Go to last post

    yes im going to test it, but ive tried it on hardanger recently which is denser and i had no problem either with tension or bulk. we shall see

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    olfen Today, 09:18 AM Go to last post

    You may want to do some test stitching on that 22-count first, Robert. The reason I say that is my first GK, 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' was on 20-count

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    WendyLee Today, 02:27 AM Go to last post

    Thank you for that. I'm planning to go 2 over one full cross on 22 count fine ariosa, so i'm leaning towards full cross as i go, as i think the alternative

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    olfen Yesterday, 10:20 PM Go to last post

    My friend is stitching GK's Pea**** and Doves in a Garden one over one full cross on 28-count linen. Here is a link to a photo of her work.

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 07:10 PM Go to last post

    Thank you Tamara - I'm enjoying stitching him, too!

    It's great that you and Carmen were able to get back together, and that you started

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 07:00 PM Go to last post


    what do you find best for one over one and Gk or similar designs - tent stitch and back or complete each cross? My net project is going

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    olfen Yesterday, 06:21 PM Go to last post

    Wendy I am so enjoying your progress on David. He is amazing.

    I had contemplated taking a small kit with me on my trip, but it was so

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    Tamarack29 Yesterday, 05:50 PM Go to last post

    Thank you Chris!

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 11:59 AM Go to last post