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Tracing For Cross-Stitch
Tue, Apr 23, 2019 10:50 AM
Posted by Geo
I have a photograph that I would like to trace to a cross-stitch. I tried scanning through some of the software that lets you convert a photo to cross-stitch but but it's really just some basic elements that I want to get from the photo, and what I end up with from the scan is just too complex. So, I thought tracing it would be easier. And, actually, the person in the middle that I want to capture was photographed in a way that I don't think it would be that hard to trace.

I cannot draw freehand, by the way, so that's out. If I could draw, I wouldn't need the photo, to begin with.

Anyway, I was looking at various products that sounds like they would help make this easier and can't figure out how to accomplish this. I tried writing to some of the companies that have dissolving products and wasn't able to get responses that helped me understand how to do this.

Here's what I think I would do:
1) Basically, I want to trace something. I need a product that is sheer-enough that I can draw on it.
2) But then, if the product dissolves, what should I be using to do the tracing? If I use a regular pen or pencil and the product dissolves, then doesn't the ink or graphite get into my material?
3) I'm going to stitch on something like 14-count Aida. I don't think I want a product that provides a grid on it because I would then have to match the two grids. But, then, what else is available that is sheer-enough and can be possibly pinned or adhered to the fabric and fairly easily sewn through? (sheer-enough not just to see the photograph underneath but also the holes of whatever even weave cloth I use)

Any suggestions?