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What a miracle program!
on September 4, 2011
I wanted to be able to make a birth announcement cross stitch for my first grandchild, and I was hoping to find one with a lamb/peace type of theme. After searching in the local craft stores, and on line for several days, I couldn't find any premade kits with a lamb, unless it was as part of a farm theme.
So I bought this program to make my own.
I took a photograph of a real lamb from the internet, and a photograph of my grandson's father (my son) when he was 2 years old, and using Photoshop, I juxtaposed them together to make a picture of a little boy with a lamb.
I imported this into Pattern Maker for Cross Stitch Professional, and added the lettering. It came with many built in stitch fonts, as well as many of the Publisher fonts. The interface for importing photographs or other things is very user friendly.
Pattern Maker let me view it with color, so I could adjust the not-so-crisp edges of the Photoshop import (I got tired of messing there). Then I printed it with the stitching symbols, and bought the embroidery colors I didn't already have. It automatically generated a chart with the symbols for each color and stitch type (The program contains several types of stitches besides full cross stitch, though I did not use any of them besides back-stitch, as I am doing the project in 28 count Aida cloth, which means I don't have to do half, quarter, petite, etc stitches.)
As an aside, this is a FAR more intuitive and user friendly program than Photoshop.
I have not completed the stitching yet, but if it turns out at all like the color view looks, it will be an excellent replication of the photograph of my son (It is 65 colors for gradation and shading. eek. But I wanted it to be true to the photograph).
I bought the professional level to be able to use it with an embroidery machine in the future.
I highly recommend this for any cross stitcher who wants to make their own design.