I've been searching for hand embroidery software that will allow me to
design my own patterns and/or scan pictures, etc. and then have the
software convert them to an embroidery pattern for stitching.
Most of what I've found is for machine embroidery. I haven't found
anything for hand embroidery.
PatternMaker is a good software and the support from this company is
wonderful. Go to my website at
and download one of my
patterns and the PatternMaker Viewer and see some of the benefits of the
software. Any questions, feel free to ask me. I've been with Hobbyware since
Are you talking about surface embroidery patterns? I think so from your
reference to machine embroidery.
What I do is use cheap white paper to make the original sketches, then
tracing paper (vellum) to do a final draft. Then scan into my graphics
program, add written details, clean up messy areas, then print. Large
pictures, of course, won't print through a normal printer. So in those
cases I use the local office supply store that has large photocopy
capabilities (up to 11 x 17).
I know of no software that will produce designs for surface embroidery.
Not having done this process before, will you tell me what the advantage of
working with vellum is? I was thinking of using more "cheap white paper"
and a light box to make the final draft. Is there something I'm missing?
Thanks for sharing your expertise.
I said "vellum" and should have said parchment tracing paper.
The advantage of the final draft on tracing paper is that I ink the
final draft with a micro fine pen so that its crisp and clear. Inks
don't bleed on the parchment, so copies of clear and distinct. It's
also easier than trying to use a light box. I also store my designs by
rolling them up and tracing paper holds up under humidity, for instance,
as opposed to regular paper.
I also store my designs by
Tracing paper (unless its the plastic film type that draftspeople used
to use) can stretch terribly with the varying humidity though.
Author of "Elegant Hardanger Embroidery" 2002, 2005
Pattern Maker is not just for cross stitch, but actually can be used for
any counted stitch pattern, including some surface stitches such as lazy
daisy. And you can even use it to create symbols for things like spider
web ribbon roses.
However, it is not designed for surface embroidery. It is designed for
square gridded stitching on countable grounds or canvas.
I've also used it for creating symbol charts for knitting . . . but
that's beside your question. :-)
To make patterns for surface embroidery you need pencil and paper. Or
you can use graphics software which may contain "brushes" that will make
things like five-petaled flowers (or six, or eight, or whatever). But
it's awfully hard to make patterns in this manner without a graphics
tablet. So, your back to pencil and paper.
I'm looking for the same thing. I usually do cross stitch
and have the pcstitch software that I love.
but there are some projects I'd like to do using the
traditional embroidery which I enjoy also.
Have you found anything anywhere and if so, mind sharing the location info.?
Thanks so much.