As a follow-up to this post and video, I’m going to be showing you how I use the MacStitch program. There’s also WinStitch which is the PC version, but I use a Mac so that’s the version I’ll be showing you. I discovered the software through its iPad app (Cross Stitch 2 Go, which I talk about in the last video), and I really like it for the amount of functionality and flexibility it has. The main focus of the software is cross stitch, but according to the online manual you can even use it for knitting design or Tunisian crochet (as well as tent stitch and beading designs). I use it for cross stitch, unfortunately I can’t knit or crochet anymore because of my injury, I have to move my arms and shoulders too much in those crafts.
In the video I’ll be showing some advanced import settings which can make a huge difference to your finished pattern, such as adjusting the thread count, finished size, maximum colours, and dithering. I’ll also be showing you some of the settings I use in the program itself once the pattern is created, including how to adjust colours across the pattern as a whole or in a part only. I’ll be demonstrating a few of the settings and options I commonly use when designing my patterns, and I’ll show the range and flexibility the program has. The video is slightly longer than my previous videos as I wanted to make sure I covered some of the main basics in one video, I didn’t want to break it up into two shorter videos. This was my first time using screen recording software, and unfortunately some of the upper and lower menus that were outside of the recordable area were cut off. Here are images of the upper and lower menus that got cut off in the video.
Here is the link I refer to in the video:
Pixlr online photo editor (like Photoshop but free)
I hope you enjoy this video, and please feel free to ask any questions or give me feedback below!