Pansy in progress

This morning I have a report on my progress with the pansy design I worked out in MacStitch yesterday. The chart produced is easily read and I am finding it easy to work from. No problems there. As you can see the main dark area is blocked in and I have started on the yellow. I did convert the colour suggested for this dark area as the program interpreted it as a dark brown. The original colour of the pansy was a very deep dark plum. I did not have a dark plum to hand to substitute the brown so I used a very dark purplish blue sprinkled with some shadings of purple.

So far I know I will be using this program a lot. There is a down side to this however, if I am going to use this software regularly I can see that I will need to have on hand a good range of embroidery floss colours. I decided to sort out what colours I had and think about building up the range. I have dyed my own threads for years and had quite a few to sort through pulling out the stranded flosses. After a grand sort – which was quite a task discovering old Semco and Anchor threads along the way (which I can use as substitutes) I decided that a shopping trip was in order. Our local Spotlight is having a clearence sale. One of their discounted items is 15% off DMC threads so armed with some Christmas gift money and a DMC shopping list for embroidery floss I toddled off to top up the range of colours I have to hand. Our local spotlight store is not so local, it’s the largest is Australia, so its fatal to simply pop in. In fact there is not such thing as simply popping in as the embroidery supplies are right at the other end of the shop. So you end up running a gauntlet of desires just to buy a packet of needles. You can’t get out of there without seeing something else to buy. Needless to say I not only picked up some threads but some linen, needles and thread bobbins just happened to fall in my basket too but since they were all discounted the checkout total was not quite as cruel as it could have been.

While quietly stitching I can see that due to this software I have restimulated my interest not only in cross stitch alone as there are plenty of experiments to be done and designs to worked out using even weave stitches. I can also see that in order to be organised a thread inventory system would be a sensible start. Normally I organize my threads by colour because in crazy quilting you are always looking for a thread that adds zing to a particular area. It does not matter if its cotton, silk or rayon or what number it is. What matters is the sheen, weight, texture and colour of the thread so I keep them like this.

Now I have stranded floss pulled out and in plastic floss storage containers and all other threads are still in these drawers which sits next to me while I stitch.

So to report in brief I have had a huge thread sort out, gone shopping, and done a little stitching. Even though the weather is mild today and it’s not too hot to be in the garden, I plan to sit on my bum and stitch some more today. Can anyone tell me how large weeds have to be before they are socially unacceptable? This is one of those questions in life no one has been able to answer for me. Ooooohh I could photograph them and stitch them! What do I want – dandelions or thistles, Patterson’s Curse or bindy weed? The choice from my garden is quite extraordinary since what was the forest was burnt out last year in the fires weeds have taken over not only the forest area but they all like it in my yard too!


  1. Re. Weeds, socially acceptable? Well, it depends on it
    you look at them as weeds or herbs. I prefer the
    herbal connotations. Now if someone would only tell
    me another way to look at the couch grass that is
    growing more vigorously in my borders than my lawn
    I would be everlastingly grateful!

  2. And, I should have added – the wonderful thing about programs like this, where they meet CQ for me, is to make very small patterns. if, for example, in making the pansy pattern you could have set it up to be no more than about 30 stitches by 30 stitches. You would have got a much less detailed pattern, but it could have easily been added to CQ using waste canvas,
    For those who have not met it- see



  3. Hi Sharon,

    My DH bought Digistitch for me a couple of years ago – being a computer programmer and the son of a very craft-orientated Mother, he downlaoded demos from a heap first, and evaluated them all. Then bought Digistitch – it is for a PC.

    The thing I like best about it is its export feature – I can export any pattern as a gif, convert it to a jpg, and send it to anyone – they don’t have to have the same program to share patterns.

    And it allows me to make a pattern using my own palette. I am sure it has heaps of other features too, but I haven’t found them yet.


    who apologise in advance for typhos in this – the typing disappears under the side-bar on the right, and I know I have made errors, but i cannot see the text to fix them. 🙁 Call it adventure reading. 🙂

  4. Thanks Mary Lou – pleased you like the site –
    I have found keeping things organized by colour is the best way for me – everything is sorted to colour beads, buttons the works! the only problem is that it can lead to working with favourite colours only and not exploring new combinations.

    sharon b
  5. The picture was great to show how easily this organizing can be accomplished. I have just sorted mine, but being a handspinner, I did it by fiber. Sorting by color makes so much more sense! I am just delighted to have stumbled onto your website!

    Mary Lou Richardson

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