• 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 Tamara! I'm going to continue to take the photos from a distance, now that I can see the difference.

    Beautiful progress on your

    February Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee 02-15-2018, 10:59 PM Go to last post

    I am in this weekend. Probably a bit of Magic Potion and a bit of my Harry Potter stitch-a-long too.

    Wendy David looks fantastic. Thank

    February Friday - Monday SAL

    Tamarack29 02-15-2018, 10:09 PM Go to last post

    Good morning everybody (anybody?)! This week is our SAL for both GK and non-GK charts and I'll be continuing on with David. I do hope that someone else

    February Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee 02-15-2018, 02:58 PM Go to last post

    When did the work actually start, Chris? It seems like they have been there forever!

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee 02-15-2018, 02:54 PM Go to last post

    I hope so to Wendy xx they have said about a month now xx

    The electrician is here now then the plasterer then the tiler and then hopefully

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    merrick10uk 02-15-2018, 01:40 PM Go to last post

    Enjoy, Chris! We miss you and your stitching, so hopefully your home will soon be stitching-friendly!

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee 02-15-2018, 03:45 AM Go to last post

    Ohhh I love antique samplers and would so love one or two don’t think pete would agree right now lol

    Hi all sorry am not around

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    merrick10uk 02-15-2018, 12:51 AM Go to last post

    That sounds like a fabulous experience, Debbie, especially as you learned stories about the stitchers! If I'm ever in that region of your country again,

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee 02-14-2018, 08:18 PM Go to last post
    Debbie Kluge

    A number of years ago I accompanied my husband on one of this business trips. He had to spend a week in Albany, NY at one of his firms other plants.

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    Debbie Kluge 02-14-2018, 03:08 PM Go to last post

    I can well understand that, Debbie! We were in Bayeux in France one year and saw the Bayeux Tapestry - oh how I loved studying it! I bought a kit of

    January Friday - Monday SAL

    WendyLee 02-14-2018, 02:18 AM Go to last post