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    Custom Cross Stitch / Embroidery pattern?

    I wanted to cross stitch song lyrics for my mother in law for her birthday this year (have it matted and framed, etc.). I'm VERY new to stitching - does anyone know how to go about getting the lyrics on a pattern? Would embroidery be a better choice for something like this? Thanks in advance for your advice!

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    It's easy to do letters in cross-stitch! As for a pattern, it's fairly easy to make one up yourself or to use pre-designed alphabet patterns, but planning how it will look on the page can be hard. I used to do it on graph paper but I had to erase a lot and it was hard to draw it fine enough to account for the scale of my fabric (I usually stitch on fine linens).

    There's a program called "Stitch" that you can download for free. This should allow you to draw out what you want and use that ...

    A simple google search for "cross stitch alphabet" will get you lots of letters to choose from ... I like simple script letters like these that are actually backstitched, but others like actually cross-stitched letters. There are lots of alphabets on this page ...

    THere's also PC Stitch which is a commerical software pattern you can use to genenerate your own - seems a bit easier to work with than Stitch but you have to fork out ~$40 U.S. to be able to print and/or save your work. I believe it does come with lots of alphabets already installed.

    Hope this helps,

    del

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    thanks!

    Thanks Del - the alphabets were just what i was looking for. i'm gonna download the stitch program at home this weekend. 'Preciate the links!


 

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