I have been talking to many people, yes, mostly women, but I also know a couple of men who cross-stitch. And they told me that the very process of cross-stitching really calms down, the only annoying thing is that sometimes it’s difficult to find a ready pattern that you would like at first sight.
I have found two online applications that will solve the problem.
Yards of Yarn – a simple cross-stitch creator that has a lot of pros.
- Simple instructions on the process;
- Opportunity to select a pattern’s width;
- Opportunity to select a number of colors with codes;
What I found a bit confusing is the thread brand – the application provides only DMC in the drop-down menu. And by default, the pattern width is 80, I tried to create an image and it was really big. So, it’ll take you some time to adjust the width.
So, here is the example. I especially took a complicated image with many objects and tried to experiment with the width and number of colors. See the results below.
Pattern width: 50, pattern colors: 32. The resulted blocks are really huge.
- I actually didn’t find how you can download the resulted pattern, so the only solution that occurred to me is PrntScr or its alternatives.
Myphotostitch is another online application to create x-stitch patterns. In my humble opinion, it’s interface is more logical.
Myphotostitch offers a lot of options to define you future pattern. I personally paid attention to the Allowed Threads feature. You can make a stylish grayscale image out of a colored one. One more thing that I liked is the number of unified sizes that the service offers. It’s very helpful, I think. So, let’s conduct the same experiment.
98 x 77 stitches, 30 threads, all colors. A list of colors with the codes is below the image.
98 x 77 stitches, 5 threads, grayscale. Well, the result looked unappetizing. And I know why: too many tiny objects in the picture.
150 x 119 stitches, 50 threads, simple colors:
150 x 119 stitches, 50 threads, all colors:
More Myphotostitch pros:
- You can download your result in PDF format. Just click on the appropriate link above or below the image.
- You can email this pattern to you friend. To do this, you should also click on the appropriate link above the image.
While I was writing this article, it dawned on me that these cross-stitch generators produce nice pictures with an unusual photo effect that is not worse than other image effects! And you can upload x-stitched picture on your Facebook wall or in other social networks and resources.