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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: help going from sprite to xstitch chart on: March 27, 2009 01:04:06 AM
Glad to see you've been enjoying the site!  I'd love to see the Firefox logo when you're done stitching it Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a cross stitch pattern from scratch on: February 18, 2009 12:23:21 AM
There was a discussion similar to this in this thread, and so the resources I'm mentioning are mostly from there.  From that thread:

There is a mac download on the apple site called Stitches. It is free....

I haven't tried that program, so I'm not sure if it will do what you want.

An alternative that was previously mentioned is to use an image editing program (e.g. photoshop, or a free alternative such as the GIMP), zoom way in, overlay a grid on that, and then just treat each pixel as 1 stitch.  However, if you do that make sure you save your image in a lossless format (e.g. PNG or GIF) and not as a JPEG (since jpeg's might mess some of your stitches up).

That will let you copy over and edit the pattern.  Then if you wanted, you can then feed it into one of the free online pattern makers (e.g. myphotostitch or patternsforyou) to generate something that's a little easier to read.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Feedback please! on: February 17, 2009 11:45:55 PM
what kind of computer do you use?  operating system?  i might be able to help you out w/ photoshop.   PM me if you're interested. Smiley

how many colors are you using for the patterns?  the more colors, the more detailed-- even though you'll end up with a bunch of colors that only show up a few times...

I'm on an (old) mac.  Thanks for the offer, but I'd personally go with the comic version of Rorschach if I was going to stitch it.  If anyone else is interested in the pattern, then I'll pm you for photoshop help to clean it up for them Smiley

I think each of those patterns ended up using about 25 colors, so they could probably get a little better, but it seemed like a reasonable trade-off to me.

I love your portraits, btw.  MrXStitch wasn't kidding about them.  They've inspired me to try my hand at it.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any men on here? on: February 17, 2009 11:31:21 PM
So I'm a guy, but to be fair I'm still starting my first x-stitch.  I've gotten interested in x-stitching and other needlework through a very non-traditional method.  My sister becoming more crafty, but was complaining that pattern making software was expensive for someone starting out.  Since I'm a computer science student, I said "hey, I can write a program that'll do the basics of that for you".  So I've gotten interested in it from that point of view. 

However, the more I worked on it, the more fascinated I became with the ways in which technology and crafts can interact.  I'm planning on a few other projects exploring that, but in the meanwhile I've decided that I want to try my hand at x-stitching.  I'm currently designing a pattern (a portrait of Einstein) that I'm hoping to start this weekend Smiley  Pictures will be posted when they're ready Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Feedback please! on: February 17, 2009 12:51:11 AM
Thanks for the advice, MrXStitch.  I had tried some simple things in the GIMP (college student, so too poor to afford photoshop  Undecided ) to try and increase the brightness/contrast, but I couldn't find a good balance that didn't make the image look washed out.

It's good to know that the patterns are at least somewhat realistic, although as a newbie it's still intimidating to think that people actually stitch things that large, much less that size but at 22ct aida.  I'll take a look at Beelisty's work for ideas on how to get good portraits with minimal stitches, since that seems tough, so thanks for the pointer Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Feedback please! on: February 17, 2009 12:10:32 AM
I just finished the other two, although I'm still not quite happy with them.  I'll keep looking for better source images.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Feedback please! on: February 16, 2009 11:40:35 PM
I love the idea, MrXStitch, and those patterns were gorgeous.  I really like the effect on the one of the human torch.

So, any chance of doing some Watchmen stuff? Since the movie is coming out soon Wink Cheesy

I tried to take a stab at the Watchmen characters.  I don't think they came out quite as nice as MrXStitch's patterns, but here they are:

The Comedian
Dr. Manhattan
Nite Owl
Silk Spectre
I'm still working on Rorschach and Ozymandias...my source images are pretty dark, so the patterns aren't coming out as nice.

pm me if you want the patterns.

Also, this is my first stab at designing patterns, so a question those more experienced than me: Would these be a pain/unrealistic to stitch (they're ~150x120 stitches, or ~8.5x10.7" on 14 ct. aida)
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Free online pattern maker, request for feedback on: February 13, 2009 01:51:26 AM
Hi All,

My sister has recently gotten into cross stitching photos, so as a fun project and present to her I made a site (http://www.myphotostitch.com/Advanced.html) where you can upload photos and it will convert them into cross stitch patterns.  (devilxcat mentioned it previously in this thread)

It lets you select a maximum number of thread colors, a pattern size (either in stitches or in inches), and then converts your photo into a cross stitch photo.  It's got a few other bells and whistles (e.g. it tries to generate a preview of what the final result will look like).  For example,  for a photo of a maccaw it generates a pattern and preview like

(generated pattern here.)

It also works with illustrations, but with them it's generally best if they are small (1 pixel/stitch).  I'm planning on making my first stitch ever this weekend:

(starting small, since I've never cross stitched before  Smiley )

Anyway, the reason I'm mentioning the website here is that (1) I hope this community will find it helpful, and (2) I'd love feedback as to what would make it even more useful.  I must admit, I know basically nothing about cross stitching and so I've probably made some glaring mistakes, but I'd really like to make the site a good, useful, and free option, so any feedback is much appreciated.

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