Designing your own free cross stitch design is easier than you think. You can be a cross stitch pattern maker and transform your photos or original artwork into cross stitch patterns.
When you develop a chart from a pre-existing work, you are making derivative artwork. Copyright holders own the rights to derivative artwork as well. If you are not using your own photo or artwork, please check that what you are using is public domain. For more information, read about the Idea-Expression divide on Wikipedia (opens in a new window).
Make a chart If you are computer savvy, you can develop a chart yourself. Or there are software packages that you can buy.
Regardless, you need to select a photo or artwork with good contrast. The process will limit the color palette, so subtle shading disappears.
This software is compatible with Windows®. It will convert your photos to charts and makes it easy for anyone to be a cross stitch pattern maker.
The PC Stitch Cross Stitch Software, version 10 allows photo conversion, the creation of pattern libraries, and the insertion of text or borders.
In fact, this latest version comes with over 2000 individual designs and over 90 stitched alphabets! And you can easily print a reverse image of your designs to use with transfer paper for creating stamped cross stitch or needlepoint projects.
Whichever method you use, you'll soon become a cross stitch pattern maker so can design your own projects!
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