So I’ve been designing a couple of cross stitch patterns recently, and wanted to use a simple and accessible program to save the progess, so I’ve started to use Microsoft Excel for this.
I format the whole spreadsheet to have “10” row height, and “1” column width to replicate a 14 count aida backing. I’ve no clue if this is correct, but it seems pretty close so that works for me! :)
Then I just put x’s in to create my pattern.
I really like this way, because I find it easy to make changes, and get an idea of how it would look from a distance away by zooming in and out. It’s a quick and easy way to make multiple changes to a pattern too, without using graph paper or writing x’s on a sheet of paper.
I get to use different colours as well which is great for an overall pattern too.
It’s by no means revolutionary, but I wanted to share just in case someone has a light bulb moment as is like, “Ahhhh why didn’t I think of that?!” like I have personally before.
Happy Easter to everyone too!
Hope you enjoy egg hunting, chocolate, ot cross buns, or whichever way you choose to celerate (if at all)!