Pattern Maker™ for Cross Stitch is a well designed software that is easy to use, has good docutmentatons and allows you to import your favorite photo into a workable design for cross stitch or Quilters can use for color layout of pictorial design.


Pattern Maker™ for Cross Stitch
Standard Version 4 WITH
Machine Embrodiery Add On

Software Designer: Hobbyware
Item Code: C5

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click here For additional information on how Judy Sattler, a quilter and needlecrafter, uses Patternmaker in her work.

Sorry, but this program is not available for the Mac.To help you better understand what Pattern Maker is and how it can help you in designing cross-stitch patterns, we offer a demo version that you can download.

demo available
NOTE about Demo

  1. Downloaded version must be run with Admin privileges for Windows® NT/2000/Xp.
    The downloaded version is NOT compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
    The CD ROM release IS COMPATIBLE with Windows Vista/7.
  2. For best results under Windows Vista/Windows 7, after installation right-click the Pattern Maker short-cut icon, select Properties, the Compatibility tab, Run this program in compability mode for, and then choose Windows XP.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows® 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
  • Pentium 266MHz (or equiv.)
  • 800x600 resolution graphics
  • 16-bit color resolution 64 Mbytes of RAM
  • 17 Mbytes of disk space
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • Note: Windows 95 installs require IE 4.01 or higher.
  • Note: Downloaded version must be run with Admin privileges for Windows® NT/2000/XP

Recommended System Capabilities

  • Windows® 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
  • Pentium 466MHz (or equiv.) or higher
  • 1024x768 resolution graphics or greater
  • 16-bit color resolution or greater
  • 128 Mbytes of RAM
  • 17 Mbytes of disk space
  • Mouse or other pointing device

Common Features for Standard Version 4

FABRIC 

demo available
NOTE about Demo

  1. Downloaded version must be run with Admin privileges for Windows® NT/2000/Xp.
    The downloaded version is NOT compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
    The CD ROM release is compatible with Windows Vista/7.
  2. For best results under Windows Vista/Windows 7, after installation right-click the Pattern Maker short-cut icon, select Properties, the Compatibility tab, Run this program in compability mode for, and then choose Windows XP.

click here For additional information on how Judy Sattler, a quilter and needlecrafter, uses Patternmaker in her work.

Fabric size up to 999x999 full stitches
Fabric options including color, stitch size, & grid style

DRAWING

Stitches supported: full, half, quarter, petite, back/straight, specialty (over 50), French Knots, beads
Flexible back stitch and straight stitch
Draw back stitches in either point-to-point or tracing mode
Can repeat the initial orientation of a quarter or half stitch when drawing a sequence of stitches
Text entry feature including 25 alphabets by Kooler Design Studio

EDITING

DISPLAY

Rectangular shaped selection tool Display design as stitches, symbols, or solids
Cut, copy, paste, flip, rotate, flood fill, fill back-stitched area Detailed design information display
Selected stitches 'float' above non-selected stitches and are visible while dragging to allow easy positioning Rulers for displaying the stitch position
Enhanced flood fill tool which automatically uses quarter stitches Display a pattern using multiple windows with each having independent settings 
Center a selection horizontally or vertically Open multiple designs at a time
Eyedropper tool for displaying and/or selecting the stitch color and/or stitch type of a stitch pointed-to via the mouse Edge outlining of stitches for enhanced readability.
Zoom tool for magnifying a selected area of the design  
Multi-level undo of edits (up to 100)  

FLOSS PALETTE: Up to 240 colors per design

 

Floss/thread brands include:

  • DMC® Anchor®
  • J&P Coats
  • Au Ver A Soie,
  • Soie d'Alger®
  • Caron Collection ( Antica, Impressions®, Rachel, Watercolours®, Waterlilies®, Wildflowers®)
  • Danish Flower Thread
  • DMC® Rayon
  • Eterna Silk(TM) ( MiniTwist, Silk Twist, Stranded)
  • The Gentle Art ( Sampler Threads, Simply Shaker)
  • Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread®
  • Needle Necessities ( Empress Silk, Floss, French Wool, Madras, Opalescence, Pearl 5, Pearl 8, Spring II, Velour 18)
  • Weeks Dye Works(TM)
  • Kreinik ( Blending Filament, Braid, Cable, Cord, Ribbon, Japan, Ombre, Silk Bella(TM), Silk Mori(TM), Silk Mori Milkpaint(TM), Silk Serica(TM))
  • Mill Hill® ( Glass Seed Bead, Antique Glass Seed Bead, Petite Glass Seed Bead, Frosted Glass Seed Bead, Crayon Seed Bead, Pebble Glass Bead, Magnifica Glass Bead)

Note that while Pattern Maker strives to supply color representations that are as accurate as possible when displayed on a computer, it not possible to perfectly represent the color of floss/thread. For floss/thread that is variegated, over dyed, or hand dyed, the program represents the thread using a single solid color. It is especially important with these brands that you have actual color samples available when you are selecting colors for a design.

PRINTING

Print design as stitches, symbols, or solids
Detailed design information print-out
Print preview
Stitch numbering along edges of chart
Shaded stitch repeats between pages
Selectable header/footer, and selectable page margins

MISC

Selectable toolbars for providing many options only a click away
Pattern preview in File Open dialog box for making it easy to locate an existing design
Optional re-opening of designs that were open when the program was last used
Library feature (organize pattern elements for easy reuse)
Update wizard for assisting in the download and installation of program updates
Complete built-in help 
30 professionally designed patterns by The Vermillion Stitchery
50 clipart designs from Kooler Design Studio

Included Machine Embroidery Thread Brands:

  • ARC (Poly, Rayon)
  • Brother®
  • DMC® Machine Embroidery
  • Isacord
  • Janome

Included Machine Embroidery Thread Brands:

  • Madeira® ( Poly Neon, Rayon)
  • Marathon ( Poly, Rayon)
  • Mettler ( Silky Sheen, Poly Sheen, Embroidery)
  • Robison-Anton ( Polyester, Rayon)
  • Sulky® Rayon

 

Blended colors (up to 4 colors per blend)

IMAGE IMPORTING

Interactive palette options bar (changes to the design are visible as the palette is edited) Image formats: BMP, PCX, GIF, WMF, JPEG, TIFF plus more
Automatic symbol selection Scan directly into the program using a TWAIN compliant scanner
Cross-stitch symbol font provided (224 symbols) Two methods for importing: Importing Wizard and Interactive Importing.  Wizard method provides a step-by-step approach that is good while learning the program.  Interactive method allows options to be accessed in any order with the results of a change being visible immediately.  
Can use any TrueType font Converts image into full stitches.
Can use symbols from more than one font in a design  Can include image as an underlay for manual tracing of the image
Stitch usage summary which shows a tally of stitches used and estimated amount of floss needed Import into a new design or a selected area of an existing design
Customizable stitch display thickness (per strand setting) Multiple palette options: Import using a selected brand of floss; Import using a user-selected palette of color; Import using the current palette of an existing design (when importing into an existing design).
Strand selection per palette color and per stitch type (up to 12 strands) User-selectable number of colors per design.  Use up to 240 color per design.
Symbol selection per stitch type Enhanced color-reduction techniques for reducing the number of colors needed for good results
Symbol color, size, and style selection for full, half, quarter, petite, French knots, and bead stitches. Background selection tool for selecting areas of the image that should not be imported
Symbol options for back, straight, specialty, French knot, and bead stitches Foreground selection tool for selecting areas of the image that should be given more priority when selecting colors.
Symbol options including color-behind symbols and triangular/square color blocks for quarter stitches Image adjustments (color, saturation, contrast, brightness, & cropping)
Palette note per color and stitch type Grid alignment tool for aligning the grid of an image to the grid of the new design.  Also calculates the required pattern size.
Color brand conversion using editable conversion tables and by color matching Fine control of sizing and positioning for underlay images when manually aligning the image with the design grid
Can add same color to a palette multiple times for allowing different settings such as strand count  

 



Additional Features of the Machine Embroidery Add-on

These features are only included with the Machine Embroidery Add-on.

Export into any of the common machine formats:

  • Brother/Baby Lock/Bernina (PES/PEC)
  • Viking Husqvarna (HUS)
  • Pfaff (PCS)
  • Janome New Home (SEW)
  • Poem/Singer EU (CSD)
  • Viking HuskyGram (old-style CSD) (CSD)
  • Compucon/Singer PSW (XXX)
  • Tajima (DST)
  • Melco (EXP)
click here For additional information on how Judy Sattler, a quilter and needlecrafter, uses Patternmaker in her work.

demo available
NOTE about Demo

  1. Downloaded version must be run with Admin privileges for Windows® NT/2000/Xp.
    The downloaded version is NOT compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
    The CD ROM release is compatible with Windows Vista/7.
  2. For best results under Windows Vista/Windows 7, after installation right-click the Pattern Maker short-cut icon, select Properties, the Compatibility tab, Run this program in compability mode for, and then choose Windows XP.

Design conversion using built-in Buzz Tools® software
Hoop size selectable from list or specify a custom size
Automatically splits designs that are larger than the selected hoop size
Alignment stitches available to aid in the stitch-out of multi-hoop designs
Automatically splits designs into multiple files based upon user-selectable stitch and thread-change limits
Detailed exporting results to aid in the stitch-out
Display of jump stitches
Selectable stitch-out thickness for each stitch type and palette color
(Note: Only full, half, quarter, back/straight, and French Knot stitches are supported by this feature)

Machine Embroidery: Feature Details

The Machine Embroidery add-on of Pattern Maker allows you to very easily export your cross stitch designs into one of the common embroidery file formats for stitch-out on a machine.  This feature is only available in the Machine Embroidery add-on.

Machine Embroidery: Supported Machine File Types

The Machine Embroidery feature can export a design into any of the following machine file types:

  • Brother/Baby Lock/Bernina (PES/PEC)

  • Viking Husqvarna (HUS)

  • Pfaff (PCS)

  • Janome New Home (SEW)

  • Janome (JEF)

  • Poem/Singer EU (CSD)

  • Viking Huskygram (Old-style CSD) (CSD)

  • Compucon/Singer PSW (XXX)

  • Tajima (DST)

  • Melco (EXP)

Machine Embroidery: Special Features

As necessary, the program will automatically split the design into multiple machine files based upon:

  • Stitch limits imposed by the file type or memory card

  • Thread change limits imposed by the file type or machine

  • Hoop size

The limits used by the program in deciding when to split a design are fully selectable by the user.   When it is necessary to split the file due to the hoop size being smaller than the design, the program will add alignment stitches along the boundaries between the sections to aid in the re-hooping or repositioning of the fabric.  The program adds these alignment stitches in such a way that it is easy to remove them after alignment is done. 

Machine Embroidery: Stitch Generation

The thread order for the stitch-out of a design is based upon the order of the colors in the palette.  To have a particular color stitch-out earlier, the color can be re-positioned in the palette of the design.   

Stitches are generated using three passes thru the palette.  In the first pass, all full, half, and quarter stitches are generated.  In the second pass, back and straight stitches are generated.  In the third pass, French Knots are generated.  Note that specialty stitches and petite stitches are not currently supported by this feature.

In generating machine stitches to represent the design, the program attempts to minimize the number of jump stitches required.  To aid the user in designing-out jump stitches, the display of jumps stitches (only after exporting) can be enabled. 

Machine Embroidery: Stitch-out Information

The program provides a detailed summary of the exporting results.  This information includes the resulting design size, a list of all files created, and a thread change list for each file which includes stitch count per color.   When stitching-out the design, the user must rely upon this thread list instead of the color descriptions that may be indicated by the machine. This information can be printed or displayed in a window that is updated each time the design is exported. 

 

demo available
NOTE about Demo

  1. Downloaded version must be run with Admin privileges for Windows® NT/2000/Xp.
    The downloaded version is NOT compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7.
    The CD ROM release is compatible with Windows Vista/7.
  2. For best results under Windows Vista/Windows 7, after installation right-click the Pattern Maker short-cut icon, select Properties, the Compatibility tab, Run this program in compability mode for, and then choose Windows XP.

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