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Fly Pattern
Thu, May 23, 2013 6:59 AM
Posted by Rick
Hi guys, I'm 65 and enjoying retirement to it's fullest. I've just taken up cross stitching and need to add a fly to the frog I downloaded yesterday. I'm using 11 count aida instead of 14 cuz my eyes are not as good as they once used to be. I found some cross stitch software and am fooling around with creating my own patterns and need a fly. Just a common house fly very small and simple. Would somebody share the, how-to, with me? Many thanks, Rick
  • Reply from Nancye G
    Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:40 AM
    Hello Again! I love embellishing my cross stitch by making small changes and adding extras. If you can't find a fly pattern think about going to the fabric store and looking at buttons. I bet you can find a button or a bead with a fly that you can sew onto fabric. Happy Stiching. Go to top
  • Reply from Anita's Husband
    Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:09 PM
    If the software you have allows you to "underlay" a picture under the grid, you can try this method:

    1. Go to Google and search under Images for "fly icon". You need to find very SIMPLE pictures - not photos. Even better is to find true icons since each dot (pixel) can map to a stitch. Since angles are difficult to do without half stitches, try to find images that have very few angles or mostly 45 degree angles. Here’s one example:

    2. Create a pattern that is the same size as the image (in this case, 32x32) and then “underlay” the pattern using the image.

    3. If you want a backstitch, I find it easier to do that next by just “tracing” the image with the backstitch. Note you will have to make adjustments as you go since the stitches won’t always match with the image. This is where it takes time to develop a technique that works. It helps to set the “gridline” color in the stitching program to something that stands out from the stitches you are doing.

    4. After the backstitch is complete, choose your palette of colors and then fill in the backstitch one section at a time with the color that matches the image the closest.

    After doing a few, you get the hang of it and you can do them pretty quick. Hope this helps.
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