Hand Embroidery Software

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.
Any suggestions?
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Annie
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PatternMaker is a good software and the support from this company is wonderful. Go to my website at
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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 1997.
Jaenne Bonner snipped-for-privacy@aol.com
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Jaenne Bonner
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.
Dianne
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Dianne Lewandowski
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.
Phyllis Maurer
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Phylis Maurer
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.
Dianne
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Dianne Lewandowski
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.
Yvette Stanton Vetty Creations Author of "Elegant Hardanger Embroidery" 2002, 2005
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ystanton
Mine have never budged an inch and I've been using them for over 10 years. :-) The stuff I use is very expensive. That may be a part of it: the actual type/brand tracing paper used.
Dianne
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Dianne Lewandowski
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.
Dianne
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Dianne Lewandowski
Hi Anne!
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.
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Fran

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