Please keep in mind that these are not kits. They are patterns/charts only. You must supply your own fabric & floss.
We use a high-quality pattern making software program that we purchased, to create our patterns. We do NOT use any low quality, free programs that are available on the internet.
COMPUTER ~ GENERATED
In case you are new to COMPUTER - GENERATED cross stitch patterns, let me tell you a little about them. They are made from scans or photos of things...so when stitched they look amazingly like the photo they were made from. When you hang them on the wall and stand back and look at them it is almost impossible to tell them from a photo...or a painting if the scan is of a painting.
This is why you will find no back~stitching in these patterns. BUT...since you are the creator of your own project you can put backstitching anywhere in it that your little heart desires, if you choose to. You may also add any embellishments you may want...including beads...buttons...ribbons...rhinestones...etc.
The amount of pages is another reason why people like them...because it makes them easier to read. The stitching charts are set to print out for you at 8 squares per inch. Not such small symbols. Each pattern can run anywhere from 6 to 30 pages, depending on the finished size of the project. And the last page of the PDF explains how to lay out the pages when first printed out. Each page has it's number in the lower right corner.
People who stitch them put each printed page into a see-thru, protective sleeve, available in the office supply section of Wal-mart, and store them in order in a 3 ring binder. They stitch them by taking the first one or two pages out of the binder and start with that... the upper left side of the pattern. Then they move on and stitch page 3...then page 4...and so on...instead of starting at the middle as in the past with the tinier symbol charts.
Since computer~generated cross stitch patterns have so many colors in them, most people buy the floss over a period of time as they stitch the pattern. For instance...when I do a pattern I buy 10 colors once every week or two instead of all at once. That way I don't 'feel the pain' ... :D LOL ... of spending so much at one time. I buy the first 10 colors that I will need to start stitching first...then so on.
If the background color of your pattern is a solid color...like black or white, for instance...you can either go ahead and stitch it...or you can use a fabric which is the color of your choice and leave the background unstitched. Whichever you prefer.
The stitch count will be given for each pattern. They are generated for 18 count fabric but you may use any count you wish. Just remember that the larger the number count, the smaller the finished piece will be.
The smaller the number count, the larger the finished piece will be. To determine the finished size in inches, of a given project when done in a certain count aida...you calculate it by dividing the cloth count into the stitch count for both the width and the height.
If your printer isn't working, or if you don't have one...You can forward your pattern to a friend who can print it for you...or load it onto a floppy or a cd and take it to an office supply place like Staples and they will print it for you for a small fee. Or maybe your local library may do it for free.
Just in case your hard drive should crash sometime in the future, load your patterns onto a floppy or burn to a cd.
To save on ink, print out only the black and white copy of your pattern. Save the color copy on your computer so you can refer to it if you need to at any time while stitching.
Whenever a pattern has many colors like this one does, there are only so many symbols available to be used, so ONCE IN A WHILE the software will have to use a symbol more than once. If you find this has happened with any of your patterns, that is where the color chart comes in handy. The 2 colors with the same symbol will be easy to tell apart. So whenever you run into that particular symbol when stitching...if you are using the B&W chart...you can then refer to the color chart on your computer, in the area where you are stitching to see which color should be used.