As someone who painstakingly designs cross-stitch patterns in Illustrator, I almost feel like I’m doing something wrong by telling you about But, when I saw it on on StitchPunk this morning, I new I had to try it out. Then, once I did, I knew I had to share it with you guys!
The idea is simple: You upload an image, then will generate a free cross-stitch pattern based on the colors it finds. You can use the simple form to make a quick pattern, or you can use the advanced form to make more specific adjustments like cloth size selection, image enhancement, and color maximums and minimums.
I wanted to try something simple to start out, so I uploaded my three-color blog icon. When I clicked submit, the site generated my pattern, and I was able to download a PDF that included a pixelated image with suggested floss colors (matched to DMC numbers) and a detailed pattern grid in multiple sections. This is the first section of the resulting pattern. There are a few extra colors around the edges, but my icon is completely recognizable. Pretty great, right?
I think that is a valuable resource for generating quick-and-dirty patterns while stitching on the fly, and it definitely simplifies the pattern-making process for more complex images, like family photos. It’s very easy to use, so I think it’s a great option for crafters who want to stitch a specific pattern, but don’t have the time and/or skills to take on a large-scale design project.

Haley Pierson-Cox

Haley Pierson-Cox

Brooklyn-based DIY from a Gal in Granny Glasses

  • Anne cinco

    Hi i have wanted to upload pictures and make crossstitch patterns but when i open the basic form or advanced i cannot upload picture. The “choose image” cannot be click… Please help me i really need to upload a pcture.. Thanks..

  • Haley Pierson-Cox

    Hi, Anne. I just checked out the site, and everything is working for me. If you’re still having problems, try getting in touch with the owner of the website to see if they can help you further.

  • cc

    I’m trying to make a very detailed pattern from a picture I have, and I don’t think that this program will give me what I’m looking for. Could you share your secrets to painstakingly making a pattern in illustrator? I have the program, and don’t mind the work – I just don’t know what to do.

  • Jacqui

    yeah the problem with the site is it will give you the picture back pixelated. NOT in a pattern.

  • rue

    thanks for leading me to this site, it is really such a help

  • rue

    you need to download it, so you could see the pattern, i have tried it and it works

  • janneth

    It really works ..thank you so much for this site …..

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