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Photo Charting Design Guide



What we can convert | Choosing a photograph | Choosing Threads | Choosing a chart type | Choosing Fabric | What your kit includes | Not Sure? Contact Us


What we can convert

What we can convert



Pictures or drawings
Photographs
Digital Photographs (from email, Compact Flash, Smart Media, PC Card, Multimedia Card, Secure Digital, XD)
Stills from digital camcorders (mini-DV only)

Click here to see a list of items that we have converted

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Choosing a photograph

Choosing a photograph



Try to choose a photograph with a simple background. If you prefer, we can remove the background altogether at no cost to you. Alternatively, we can create a half- stitch background for you, which can add perspective to the design and will also take less time to stitch.

Ensure that the main subject of the photograph is clear, bright and in focus.

The best results will be gained from having a larger subject to convert (at least 2").

It would be preferable for the subject to fill the photograph. However, if you would like part of a photograph to fill the finished design size, we can enlarge it for you at no extra cost.

Small defects can be restored electronically but a photograph in good condition will produce the highest quality finished design. Your photograph will be returned to you unharmed but if you prefer not to send the original, you could get a reprint created by a local developer and send that to us. A good quality colour photocopy can also be accepted but these do not usually produce results that meet the highest standards.

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Choosing Threads

Choosing Threads



We produce designs with a minimum of 30-35 different colour threads but recommend about 50 different colours for better detail and clarity. A beginner may perhaps choose the minimum whereas a more experienced stitcher should be more likely to choose more colours. We are able to blend threads to produce a more natural finish if this is required.

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Chart TypeChoosing a chart type



We offer two types of symbol charts:
  • Black Symbols On White black symbols on white
  • Black/White Symbols On Colour black/white symbols on colour (black symbols on light colours and white symbols on dark colours)
This is down to personal preference as, in our experience, different stitchers prefer different chart types.

All our charts our printed on multiple sheets of A4 paper, as this avoids battling with a large chart whilst stitching.

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Choosing Fabric

Choosing Fabric



We design charts using 14hpi, 16hpi, 18hpi or 22hpi Aida. For detailed designs, such as portraits, we recommend using a minimum of 16hpi Aida as this produces finer detail.

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What Your Kit Includes

What your kit includes



  • Pre-sorted DMC threads
  • Chart
  • Aida fabric with pre-taped edges
  • Needle
  • Instructions
all of which allow you start stitching straight away.

Aida colour is white, but other colours can be supplied on request.

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Not Sure?  Contact Us

Not sure? Contact us



We hope this guide gives you enough information to help choose your picture, threads, chart and fabric options but if you have any queries at all, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions and provide further assistance.

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