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« on: March 18, 2005 10:56:41 AM »

Hello, new poster here. ^^ Does anyone know where is a good place online to find patterns for embroidery? My friend's birthday is coming up she likes cats and is in ballet. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance ^^

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2005 12:10:36 PM »

I'd first try needlecrafter.org

Also, google images is a great resource for images.  Just print it out, (making sure you've mirrored it if theres text) and then trace the image using a transfer pen or pencil and follow the instructions on the pen to transfer it over to your chosen fabric.

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2005 12:38:47 PM »

Vermillion Stitchery www.vsccs.com
ems www.mauer-stroh.com/ems.htm
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2005 05:19:48 PM »

Another good site is:


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Have you thought of making your own pattern, drawing, or tracing?  Both ballet and cat themes are all over the place from adertisements to clip art to actual pictures. Tape the item to be traced to a window or sliding glass door.  A  light box would be best but a glass topped table with a light underneighth it works super too.  Tape or position a piece of tracing paper or old fashioned typing paper over the top of the "orginial".  Using a pencil trace out the main lines from the drawing or photograph underneighth.

If you have access to a digital camera, you might be able to take a photo of your friend's cat to trace, your friend, or a composed pile of her ballet things.  Or, if that is too obvious for a surprise gift, you might be able to scan an actual photo of her or use an actual photo.  Again, you are not trying to trace the details, just the outlines of her position and clothing or the main outlines of the cat and it's wiskers/collar/markings. 
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2005 07:26:40 PM »

I take no credit for this, as someone showed it to me on another thread:

Just get a picture you like (either off of your computer or a website... either) and it will make a chart for you.  You can specify size, number of colors, etc.   
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2005 08:20:44 AM »

I have cat patterns here:

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