Jul 31, 2014

Coatimundi Walks....

The latest Charley Harper stitch guide from Robin King is amazing!  Read all about it here.  Contact Robin via her blog to order.

Jul 30, 2014

Imari Dragons

Sharon Quick has announced on Facebook that she is about to start the stitch guide and model for Leigh Design's "Dreams of the Dragon" from Leigh's Imari series.

Sharon is working the 10 inch square version of this piece.  It's on 18 count, by the way.

Jul 28, 2014

Philodendron Silk Ribbon Group

Here's something new -- a Facebook Group called Philodendron Silk Ribbon set up by Kay Fite to act as a cyber stitch guide for stitching a canvas from Blue Dogwood Designs.  You may have to have a Facebook account to see the group (second link) but you should be able to see Kay's progress photo in the link below.

Kay is posting a video about silk ribbon embroidery, stitch diagrams and progress photos, making this a fun way to stitch along.  Bravo, Kay!

Jul 26, 2014

Laura's at The Beach

Laura Persin has started work on her next Sandra Gilmore piece, "Shellscape."  She isn't sure when this guide will be ready.  But it's fun to see how she is approaching this canvas.


Jul 25, 2014

Software For Writing Stitch Guides

The question "Which software program do you use to write stitch guides?" comes up all the time.  I thought I'd link to Linda Reinmuller's blog which lists eighteen graphing programs at the bottom of the page.  The links will take you to the program's website which often has demos you can try out. Note that many of the programs will only run on Windows machines.

Linda doesn't cover all the programs available, just the ones created specifically for stitch diagramming.  I use my Mac word processing software called Pages to create my stitch diagrams, but it has limitations such as not being able to create curves or dimensional shapes easily.  I also find it very hard to number stitch diagrams with it and haven't figured out how to layer a copyright notice on top of the grid yet.  But mostly it works for me.

I know a great many people (John Waddell used to teach a class on doing this) who use Excel to create diagrams.  I haven't tried it myself but I'm pretty sure it will work fine.

Other Mac users (and a lot of stitch guide writers use Macs) use Canvas X which is no longer supported by ACDSee, so modern Macs can't run it unless they are dual Mac/Windows machines which can run the later versions that are Windows only. A new edition called Canvas 14 (I think) is supposed to have come out last spring.  Adobe's Illustrator is also quite popular but these two programs are very powerful graphics programs, with big price tags and a steep learning curve, so only the most determined users go this route.  I believe Illustrator is a subscription only service now which a lot of people don't like.

I hope this is helpful for all stitch guide writers Out There.