Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring is springing!

Today is the last day of winter, and Milan is going to have glorious weather for the next couple of days, yeah! About time!

To celebrate,...More...'s a simple flower basket to needlepoint, or cross-stitch.

I found the free image (n. MC900238146) on Microsoft's web site, captured it, opened StitchPainter, sized the document for a vertical piece big enough for an almost 10" wide and a 10"+ tall cushion (18-point), selected the whole document, used Paste Special, and...voila'!

To share your designs with friends who don't have StitchPainter, do as I did: export the document into a bmp file, it's easy! (just look in the "file" menu)

So, here's my snippet of Spring springing for your personal, non-commercial stitching pleasure.

Enjoy! P.S., what's up with Blogger? The text used to wrap along the entire side of the image, but now it starts only at the bottom, so it looked better to put it a few lines underneath.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A sweet (non-caloric) gift for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

You've got just enough time to whip up this almost mono-color, but sweet little Cupid for your Significant Other.

Prefer more color? Be creative, and add it, yourself!

I captured the free graphic (MC900304923) offered by Microsoft (thanks!), imported it into the marvie program StitchPainter, and turned it into a design for your personal, non-commercial stitching pleasure.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Can YOU see your shadow?

I have adored Groundhog's Day ever since I saw the Bill Murray film. He's such a delight, and infused that comedy with real meaning.

In honor of the day, here's...
More...... ...a sweet little groundhog, easy to stitch, which I created for your personal non-commercial stitching pleasure by capturing the free Microsoft graphic (MC900301420), and then importing it into the marvelous StitchPainter program.

Because the original graphic was so simple (that's a hint for you, if you want to try your hand at designing your own stitching projects, especially if you're new to it), I didn't even have to tweak the results at all.

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