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Cross Stitch

Optional plug-in for Embird Machine Embroidery Software

Cross Stitch

Embird Cross Stitch provides number of tools and stitch styles to create a perfect cross stitch pattern. Manual drawing of crosses, automatic conversion from artwork, editing, outlining and lettering are all included in this software tool. Computerized cross stitch allows you to focus on the creative aspect of embroidery. Program arranges the sewing order of crosses to optimize the actual embroidery process.

Detail of cross stitch work space


Embird Cross Stitch software allows user to digitize cross stitch patterns with up to 400 x 400 crosses. Number of colors is limited to 254.

Manual and Automatic Mode

Pattern created in Embird Cross Stitch

Photo auto-digitized with cross stitch

There are two ways of creating cross stitch patterns:

  1. Crossstitch pattern is created manually by drawing dots (crosses) either on a blank background or on an image (template, scanned chart).
  2. Crossstitch pattern is created automatically from imported background image (picture to cross stitch).

In both cases, program automatically generates cross stitches and arranges them to optimize the sewing process. It is possible to import the scanned chart (hand graph) and calibrate it properly to fit the background of work area, then manually draw the dots (crosses) using the chart in the background and finally compile the pattern into stitches.

Tools and Controls

Cross Stitch tools

Many editing tools are available for creation and adjustment of patterns: marquee, lasso, magic wand, zoom lens, eye dropper, smooth, pencil, brush, air-brush, text, line, simple curve, rectangle, round rectangle, ellipse, star, regular polygon, fill area, clear area, etc. The pre-defined fill patterns are available, and user can even create his/her own fill patterns. There are also some special functions like 'Clear isolated points' or ' thin lines' and 'Smooth' parts by adding quarter crosses to corners, which allow user to clear and optimize the cross stitch pattern. The order in which the colors are sewn can be prescribed.

Lettering in Cross Stitch

Text created with Embird Cross Stitch

Add text to your cross stitch designs with use of any TrueType or OpenType font installed on your PC. Choose font, color and size and create lettering in a few seconds. Crosses are automatically generated inside of characters. By choosing another command from menu it is possible to add the outlines around all characters easily.

Cross Styles

Cross types

All popular cross styles are supported:

  • Normal crosses
  • Mini-crosses
  • Elongated horizontal crosses
  • Elongated vertical crosses
  • Upright crosses
  • Double crosses
  • French knots
  • Manual and automatic outlines

Additional Features

Use full, 3/4, half or quarter crosses to create your pattern. Also, thin running-stitch outline can be added around the pattern manually or automatically. Controls like 'number of thread layers', 'size' of crosses and 'number of tie-up stitches' are available to give you full control over the stitches. Please see also tutorial explaining Cross Stitch and How to Create Simple Cross Stitch Design.

Embird is modular software for computerized machine embroidery digitizing, quilting and customization

Developed by BALARAD, s.r.o. company since 1997

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