• 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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    Another update - just got an email saying that my scroll rods have been shipped - woohoo!

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 10:21 PM Go to last post

    Great news - my fabric just arrived! Now I just need my new scroll rods and I can start my David.

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 07:41 PM Go to last post

    Thanks for this info, Debbie! I paid by credit card, probably because I was speaking with him directly rather than ordering it online. Perhaps I'll

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 04:54 PM Go to last post
    Debbie Kluge

    I won't be participating this week either, since I'm sticking with Midnight Moon for a while. But I'll be checking for posts and looking forward to progress

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    Debbie Kluge Yesterday, 04:19 PM Go to last post
    Debbie Kluge

    If you paid via Pay Pal you should get a shipping notice that includes a tracking number. If you don't get one within a week, start bugging them. I

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    Debbie Kluge Yesterday, 04:18 PM Go to last post

    Good morning everyone! This week is our SAL for GK charts. My supplies for my new start haven't arrived yet so I won't be taking part, but I'll be here

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 02:28 PM Go to last post

    Beautiful work Debbie! I love how the sky is beginning to lighten down into the moon, and we'll soon see the whole thing. You're managing well with

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    WendyLee Yesterday, 03:10 AM Go to last post
    Debbie Kluge

    Tamara, I can't believe how much you've gotten done on Magic Potion since the last time I saw it! This really is beautiful.

    Wendy, who makes

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    Debbie Kluge 11-22-2017, 04:46 PM Go to last post

    Nice work Wendy and Debbie

    Tamara your window and light look brilliant! I love the detail in this pattern and the full pic really shows

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    Abi 11-22-2017, 11:12 AM Go to last post

    Debbie and Wendy that is great progress.

    Here is my update. So here is the current status of my Magic Potion.
    First the page finish:

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    Tamarack29 11-21-2017, 10:42 PM Go to last post