• 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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    Wow 180 days! I’m not sure that I would like to be on a ship that long. However, on the plus side they must have quite an adventure! Enjoy and

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    Lucette Yesterday, 11:57 PM Go to last post

    Thank you Lucette! It looks like there will be a storm at home on the weekend, and I’m not missing the cold weather at all! The sea is rather

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 09:01 PM Go to last post

    Wendy, I will join in with Mountain Landscape with a Castle.

    I hope you are having a wonderful time! At least you are nice and warm,

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    Lucette Yesterday, 06:14 PM Go to last post

    Judging by the map - this piece is Africa))))

    #s1698 Orbis

    Elana Yesterday, 05:05 PM Go to last post

    Good morning everyone, from the sunny Caribbean! Another SAL has arrived, and on our sea days I’ll be continuing on with my Sunflowers mini. I’m

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee Yesterday, 04:42 PM Go to last post

    Ugh, I can finally see the photos and typed my comments, and it timed out on me, so here is the condensed version.

    Chris, what a lovely

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee 01-16-2019, 04:03 AM Go to last post

    Chris, this is lovely. Nice to finish a page isnít it?

    Here are my before and after.

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    Lucette 01-15-2019, 09:00 PM Go to last post

    Before, in between (page finish) and last for this sal it looks like the sals are the only time I will fit stitching in but I am determined

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    merrick10uk 01-15-2019, 12:52 AM Go to last post

    Thanks Wendy xx just enjoy your trip

    boys on the shore :)

    merrick10uk 01-15-2019, 12:49 AM Go to last post

    I can’t get your photo to open just yet, Chris. The internet is slow today, so I’ll give it a try again later. Congratulations on your row finish!

    boys on the shore :)

    WendyLee 01-14-2019, 11:10 PM Go to last post