Embird Cross Stitch is an optional plug-in for Embird. It provides a number of tools and stitch styles to create a perfect cross stitch pattern.
Manual drawing of crosses, automatic conversion from artwork, editing, outlining and lettering are all included in this software tool.
Computerized cross stitch allows you to focus on the creative aspect of embroidery. Program arranges the sewing order of crosses to optimize the actual embroidery process.
Manual and Automatic Mode
There are two ways of creating cross stitch patterns:
- Crossstitch pattern is created manually by drawing dots (crosses) either on a blank background or on an image (template, scanned chart).
- Crossstitch pattern is created automatically from imported background image (picture to cross stitch).
In both cases, the program automatically generates cross stitches and arranges them to optimize the sewing process. It is possible to import the scanned chart (hand graph) and calibrate it properly to fit the background of the work area, then manually draw the dots (crosses) using the chart in the background and finally compile the pattern into stitches.
Tools and Controls
Many editing tools are available for the creation and adjustment of patterns: marquee, lasso, magic wand, zoom lens, eye dropper, smooth, pencil, brush, air-brush, text, line, simple curve, rectangle, round rectangle, ellipse, star, regular polygon, fill area, clear area, etc. The pre-defined fill patterns are available, and the user can even create his/her own fill patterns. There are also some special functions like ‘clear isolated points’ or ‘ thin lines’ and ‘smooth’ parts by adding quarter crosses to corners, which allows the user to clear and optimize the cross stitch pattern. The order in which the colors are sewn can be prescribed.
Lettering in Cross Stitch
Add text to your cross stitch designs with the use of any TrueType or OpenType font installed on your PC. Choose font, color and size and create lettering in a few seconds. Crosses are automatically generated inside of characters. By choosing another command from the menu it is possible to add the outlines around all characters easily.
All popular cross types are supported:
- normal crosses
- elongated horizontal crosses
- elongated vertical crosses
- upright crosses
- double crosses
- French knots
- manual and automatic outlines
Use full, 3/4, half or quarter crosses to create your pattern. Also, a thin running-stitch outline can be added around the pattern manually or automatically. Controls like ‘number of thread layers’, ‘size’ of crosses and ‘number of tie-up stitches’ are available to give you full control over the stitches.