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Showcase / First use of pic2pat
« Last post by Sarah on September 17, 2016, 10:58:08 AM »
My first use of pic2pat and I am overjoyed with the outcome.  Now I'm addicted and already downloaded my next project.
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General Discussion / Re: How many strands of floss do I use?
« Last post by robynalbritton on September 12, 2016, 06:18:17 AM »
Thank you!! I wasn't sure if this was one of the patterns that required different strands of floss based on the color. I appreciate the responses!
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Showcase / Pic2Pat and Minecraft
« Last post by Maize on September 07, 2016, 06:08:52 PM »
As described in the General forum, I've been using Pic2Pat in addition to making cross-stitch patterns, for making patterns for art to hang in my Minecraft house. You do this by creating a regular cross-stitch pattern, assigning materials with similar colours to the thread colours, building it on a gigantic flat plane in multiples of 128x128 blocks, and then making maps of those sections and mounting them on the wall in item frames. This description probably won't make sense unless you play Minecraft, but that's about the essence of it. I'm attaching some photos of the results -- one of a Mondrian as viewed at ground level when standing on it, one of a Klee seen from an aerial vantage, and one of what the art looks like "hung" in my Minecraft house. Pic2Pat has been great for this! I hope some of you enjoy it out of curiosity, whether you play Minecraft or not. (And if you have friends or kids who do, feel free to show it to them!) Oh, and I'll also throw in an earlier portrait of my girlfriend that I used Pic2Pat to make into a pattern for a vertical construction in Minecraft we called Temple Phoesha.

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Showcase / My first cross-stitch
« Last post by Maize on September 07, 2016, 02:29:13 PM »
This was actually the first cross-stitch I ever completed (last summer), and I used Pic2Pat to generate the pattern. It's a picture of the lead singer of the band Green Day, which I made for a friend of mine who is a huge fan as a birthday gift. I've never done any needle work before, so be gentle! :)

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General Discussion / Minecraft!
« Last post by Maize on September 07, 2016, 02:20:15 PM »
Hi!

I starting using Pic2Pat in the traditional way -- I wanted to make a cross-stitch based on a custom pattern. It worked great!

However, since then I've been using it almost exclusively in a somewhat non-standard way -- to make things in the video game Minecraft. For those who haven't played it, Minecraft is in many ways like collaborative cross-stitching. You and your friends enter a shared three-dimensional world and build things, with coloured blocks.

My first use of Pic2Pat was to make a gigantic portrait of my girlfriend in the game. It was huge -- it reached up past the cloud layer.

However, if there's one thing Minecrafters are good at doing, it's using features in non-standard ways. I soon discovered that people were making custom artwork to put on the walls of their houses by creating gigantic flat patterns on the landscape and then using the game's function to make a "map" of the area. This reduced your gigantic creation to a small, relatively high resolution object that you could hang on your wall in the game. Normally the game only offers a preset selection of simple paintings, so this was pretty exciting.

As a test, I re-created a Mondrian painting. I'm currently trying a larger work -- my favourite painting by Klee. When I'm done it (it should be today), I'll post a photo.

The only real trick to using Pic2Pat for this is that you have to assign materials to the floss colours offered, and it's sometimes hard to find a close match. I wonder if the creator of the software would ever consider creating a Minecraft "floss" set? The rest of the functionality could remain identical (unless you wanted to tweak certain elements to make it easier for Minecrafters -- for example, they will often want to make things in multiples of 128x128 stitches rather than in sizes chosen by inches and stitch density, since a map covers 128x128 blocks of territory in the game). If the colour list could output "hard red clay" instead of "Salmon Very Dark", that would be very handy.

The Minecraft community is huge and very avid!

Anyway, I'll show you a couple of pictures of stuff I've made in Minecraft using Pic2Pat soon. I might also upload my cross-stitch picture as well. :) Thanks for the wonderful site!
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General Discussion / Re: Center
« Last post by jasmina on September 07, 2016, 10:44:52 AM »
I know everyone says to start in the center, but I hardly ever do!  I stitch holding the projet in my hands, no hoop or anything else.  I find the center of the project, then stitch everything to the right of the center line, keeping the left side rolled up & clean, when I am done with the right side, I roll that up & work on the left side, that way the stitched right side is kept clean while I am stitching on the left.  As far as finding the center, just take the # of horizontal squares in your chart & divide by 2, count starting from the left until you hit the middle number, then I draw a red line on the chart.  Follow the same procedure when determining the vertical center.  I hope this information has helped you with your project.

i do the darkest colors first, then proceed towards the lighter (they don't get dirty in the process)
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General Discussion / Re: Center
« Last post by jasmina on September 07, 2016, 09:13:16 AM »
GREAT PLACE, THANK YOU :)

question for you, please? if i made a pattern on bigger format than letter (A4), and it is on few pages, is it possible to save it as a file which would print as a big picture, not several individual pages? how, please?

thanks
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General Discussion / Re: Center
« Last post by AuntieBea on September 06, 2016, 05:40:48 PM »
I know everyone says to start in the center, but I hardly ever do!  I stitch holding the projet in my hands, no hoop or anything else.  I find the center of the project, then stitch everything to the right of the center line, keeping the left side rolled up & clean, when I am done with the right side, I roll that up & work on the left side, that way the stitched right side is kept clean while I am stitching on the left.  As far as finding the center, just take the # of horizontal squares in your chart & divide by 2, count starting from the left until you hit the middle number, then I draw a red line on the chart.  Follow the same procedure when determining the vertical center.  I hope this information has helped you with your project.
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General Discussion / Re: How many strands of floss do I use?
« Last post by AuntieBea on September 06, 2016, 05:30:29 PM »
These are the floss guidelines I use:
14 count Aida = 3 strants of floss
16 or 18 count Aida = 2 strands of floss
hand dyed Aida = 2 strands of floss
I hope this helped you & happy stitching!
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General Discussion / Pdf editable
« Last post by majosefh on September 06, 2016, 12:33:48 PM »
Hola, lo primero felicitarte y darte las gracias por este software, es increíble, enhorabuena! . Actualmente uso el pdf que genero en tu web con la tablet, pero los pdf's los trata como imágenes y no permite la búsqueda de caracteres que sería muy útil al coser por colores. ¿Es posible estudiar si se podrían hacer así?  He probado con algún pdf comprado (desconozco que software usan) y el pdf te deja buscar los símbolos, facilita mucho la labor. 

Gracias!
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