• 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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    Here's my progress on David. I had a page finish on the lower right! Almost one whole page, and then a smaller partial page to go for a row finish.

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 10:34 PM Go to last post

    It was a middle line in this page. I have time until September and then work starts and the tempo will be slower

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    akvilele Yesterday, 01:41 PM Go to last post

    You're moving so quickly on this row Akvile - congratulations on yet another page finish! There is such beautiful detail in all these dark colours.

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 12:57 AM Go to last post

    Thank you Nirmal!

    I'm envious that you've had some cooler weather - perhaps it will start moving westward! We're still in a heat wave

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 12:55 AM Go to last post

    Thank you ladies for nice words and here's another one

    Page 17 finished

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    akvilele 08-12-2018, 05:18 PM Go to last post

    Good afternoon, all. Today is the first cool day we've had in-weeks!

    Akvilele, what work on your after! A great job-you're a speedy stitcher,

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    Bellegurl 08-12-2018, 01:43 AM Go to last post

    Wendy we are so used to hearing about these things happening in USA but certainly not in your small piece of Canada xx am glad you are all good and that

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    merrick10uk 08-11-2018, 08:01 PM Go to last post
    Debbie Kluge

    Yes, Leonid Afremov. I've also got Memories of First Love. I love all of his designs. Almost Winter was my least favorite because it seemed so drab

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    Debbie Kluge 08-11-2018, 05:51 PM Go to last post

    Thank you Debbie! Wow, your Night Cafe is gorgeous - I love all those vibrant colours! Is this an Alfremov? I've been looking at them and seriously

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    WendyLee 08-10-2018, 10:24 PM Go to last post

    I am going to try and get some stitching in this sal as weather has dramatically cooled down today - I. Fact it’s raining which fits as we are off

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    merrick10uk 08-10-2018, 01:59 PM Go to last post