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« on: April 09, 2011 11:39:56 AM »

Hiya everyone,

I have a question and hope you could help me. I got a pic from Halo that I'd love to make as a cross stitch picture. I used the free KG-Chart software to transform it into a stitch pattern (150x120 sts, planning to do it on 16ct Aida, probably 2 threads). The preview the program gave for the finished pic is this:

- I'm quite excited really, hehe -

But I was now wondering if I should take light or dark Aida? I know that dark background makes it quite difficult to find the wholes, but I wouldn't mind. Not in a hurry. It is just cause there is a lot of dark as well as light in the picture.
Also, whatever i go for, would 2 threads of floss be enough on 16ct Aida to cover the background?

I'm grateful for any advice  Kiss



« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2011 02:13:59 PM »

If the software allows you to change the color of the grid lines, you could try black grid lines and white grid lines and see which you like better... it may give a slightly better idea of how the finished piece would look on the two different colored backgrounds. I would think the black would look better, but I'd definitely play with the grid lines if possible.

« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2011 08:26:42 AM »

I agree that dark would look good, as long as you have a good light to work with. If you're anything like me, after a while your eyes will pretty much refuse to focus at all with dark cloth!

Nice picture/pattern, too. Nerd crafts rock Smiley
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2011 02:03:55 PM »

I just finished a cross stitch on dark Aida and I found it helpful to have a white piece of paper on my lap and a dual light source. One light goes behind you, like normal, for illuminating your work while the second light is angled so it's shining on the paper so it's brighter. Then, you can see through the holes a lot easier for the stitching.

For me, I just used a a piece of computer paper and angled my regular reading lamp so it shone on both me and the paper. I even got the cat to tolerate the paper going on top of him so I could stitch and be his personal space heater at the same time!
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2011 10:11:39 PM »

Good advice, ELSOS, that never would have occurred to me.

Are you sure you were heating the cat, though, or was he heating you?  Wink
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2011 10:34:24 AM »

Thanks guys Smiley

I did find out how to change the background colour in the program, black looks much better. Double light source sounds great (with cat even better), I'll see what I can do.
Sweet Nerdcraft, haha!
Cheers  Kiss
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