If you've taken up cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, or beading, you've probably worked off other patterns, and there will surely come a time when you wish you could design your own. Maybe you want to transform your puppy's photo into a masterpiece or are looking for contemporary designs that you can't seem to find online. That's where Stitchboard comes in handy. Their free cross-stitch pattern maker is a great free resource.
So how does it work? Just upload any image, whether a photograph, geometric pattern, or even text, select the type of craft you are creating—either cross-stitch, knitting, crocheting, or beading—and set your options. The pattern wizard can match the colors in the file to the most commonly used yarns and embroidery threads or you can select your own colors. If you sign up as a member—which is free—you also can access different settings to refine your image and select the final pattern size.
When you're done, you can download a PDF of your pattern for printing and, if you'd like, upload it to Stitchboard's community to share with other crafters. In fact, with over 2.5 million patterns created using the free pattern wizard, there's a huge selection of free patterns available for download. So even if you don't have an inspiring image you want to get started on, you can browse and download submitted patterns.
Stitchboard's free cross-stitch pattern maker is a powerful tool that helps unleash your creativity.
The lead cross-stitch pattern was created using a section of Claudio Guglieri's Leather Nanuck design found on The Free Pattern Library. By cropping the image and selecting the embroidery thread colors on hand, it's possible to transform a virtual pattern into a crafting masterpiece.