Finishing Ideas for Handcrafts

Snowman Love Part 1 | July 19, 2009

I thought I might share the steps I took in developing an original cross stitch chart from start to finish.
I’ve mentioned before that I have PC Stitch Pro, so these notes refer to steps I took with that program.

First – the idea. Here’s a scan of the pencil sketch I made.

Snowman Love 1

A little faint in the scan, so I took a fine tip marker and darkened it some.

Snowman Love 2

I knew I was going to use 14 count aida, and that I wanted an ornament about 3 inches tall, so I used my photoshop software to reduce the scan to 3 inches tall. That made it about 3 ¾ inches wide.

In PC Stitch, I open a blank chart and set my dimensions. Then I underlayed the scan of my sketch.

Snowman Love 3-1

After a little playing around with backstitch lines (I used 321 Red so that I could clearly see my underlayed sketch), I had a workable outline.

Snowman Love 3-2

Clear the underlay and change the outline to black, and I’m ready to start adding color.

Snowman Love A

First the white.

Snowman Love B

Hmm, needs a little shading to define the areas.

Snowman Love C

I don’t like to do ¼ or ¾ stitches on aida, so I’m only using full cross stitches.

Snowman Love D

I love yellow and turquoise together.

Snowman Love E

I like those two colors – now I need some punch.

Snowman Love F

Red and green are good christmas colors.

Snowman Love G

My little snowman is blushing!

Snowman Love H

If possible, I like to use the same color in a couple of different areas.

Snowman Love I

Orange carrot noses, check!

Snowman Love J

Black hat and charcoal eyes.

Snowman Love K

A little highlighting and finishing touches.

Snowman Love L

And here’s my stitching thus far.

Snowman Love wo bs

Next time – backstitching, french knots, some specialty stitches and the finishing.

So, what do you think thus far?


Posted in ornaments


  1. Wow! Very impressive! I have PC Stitch Pro 9 but haven’t done any designing as yet, so this is very educational for me. Great job so far…I’m looking forward to seeing the completed project.

    Comment by Chris Delaney — July 31, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

  2. Great job!
    I also have this program, but not installed yet.
    Sometimes I do this (in a simple way), in squared paper and just for small designs…

    Comment by Mary J — August 26, 2009 @ 10:41 am

  3. I LOVE this pattern!!
    can you please send me the finished product??

    Comment by krystina — April 22, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: