In recent years, technology introduced something interesting to the age-old craft of cross stitch--the ability to design using computer software.
We can even convert pictures, drawings and other images for use in cross stitch patterns. What would great-aunt Sally have thought of that!
Within a short time, I moved from designing on grid paper to using MS Paint and on to a great program called PCStitch Pro. It greatly simplifies how chart designs are presented.
I noticed, though, that patterns must almost always be altered during stitching. This is not a failing of the software, just a fact of nature. Things look different in the real world than in the virtual one.
In fact, I notice this being discussed in software forums. Designing patterns is an interactive process involving designer, software and needle.
| One factor is that, even though modern monitors can show millions of colors (!), they are a bear to adjust to show colors the way we see them in real life. Graphic designers and others who do extremely sensitive color work use very expensive hardware just to be able to sync their monitors with ink colors.|
That's the reason that no two computers belonging to us civilians are likely to display the same colors for a photograph, painting or, yes, even cross stitch patterns.
And, that's why we stitch all of our designs (except for the very simplest alphabets) and provide a photo of each one. That is your guarantee that each chart can be stitched as it is presented, so you won't have to make changes as you stitch. (Nobody likes to rip out stitches!) We've found the problem areas for you, and changed them in the charts.
We also select symbols for the charts that are easy to read, even in the smaller size used for partial stitches, and ones that are easy to tell from adjoining ones.
One last thing. You might notice that we give lots of instructions with our charts. Probably, no, definitely, more than you need. We like to go the extra mile here, so your cross stitch journey will be a joyful one!
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