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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a pattern on: October 16, 2012 11:36:45 AM
If you use Linux, there is KXStitch.  It is free and works great.

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/kxstitch/index.php?title=Main_Page

In the olden days, I would use an opaque projector and shine the photo on a piece of graph paper and trace the areas of the main colors.  I also have used a light box and graph paper, or when completely desperate, I have used a window on a sunny day and taped the image and graph paper to it to trace.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: cross stich help? on: October 16, 2012 11:31:10 AM
The stitch count is simply the number of stitches in that particular color.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thinking about buying PatternMaker... on: October 16, 2012 11:28:26 AM
If you can run Linux, I highly recommend KXStitch.  It is free and very easy to use.  I've been using it for years and love it.

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/kxstitch/index.php?title=Main_Page
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