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TDC Blue Fairy
04-30-2001, 05:54 PM
The reason I am wondering how many of us cross stitch is that I have been talking to many of your lately, and it sounds like a lot of us have different patterns. I was thinking of organizing a pattern swap. We won't make it a blind one like the pin swap, but what do you fellow stitchers think? Let me know.......:pinkbounc :bounce: :pinkbounc :bounce: :pinkbounc

04-30-2001, 08:59 PM
I use to x-stitch up a storm. My hand used to get cramped from holding the hoop so long! :)
I even taught x-stitch and needleart!
I have TONS of books! Wanna trade books for pins? ;)

Eeyore's Pal
04-30-2001, 09:41 PM
I do cross stitch and lots of other crafts. I have tonsof books . . . but I don't think I have anything Disney.

If anyone is looking for anything non-Disney in cross stitch, crochet, knit, stamped cross stitch, I probably have something.:D

04-30-2001, 09:52 PM
I cross stitch but I have only done things for new babies.
I have never done a Disney piece.
Needlepoint is my most favorite thing to do and have made tons and tons of needlepoint belts. I tried to design a pin belt but it was just too wide. I would like to give it a go again.
I have made dozens of UK belts and have even gotten paid for my efforts!!!!! Yea , more pin money.

TDC Blue Fairy made the cutest Pluto cross stitch piece for me.:D
I want to put it in the middle of a frame surrounded by all my Pluto pins.
Doesn't that sound spiffy?

PS. I wish this bouncy pink smiley would work for me :confused:


04-30-2001, 10:35 PM
I cross stitch when I have time. I have done a few different Disney patterns. I have seen some new Disney patterns at the stores lately.
Sue Ellen

05-01-2001, 08:03 AM
I also cross stitch though it seems to take me forever to finish anything these days. Seems like my small amount of free time has been changed to obsessing about pins. I have two Disney patterns (both Pooh and Family) and many non Disney patterns.:pinkbounc

05-01-2001, 11:06 AM
Of course this is a good idea. Even though it's taking me longer to get your copies and pin out then i thought. :mad:


05-01-2001, 12:23 PM
I cross-stitch too. I'm currently working on the Disney Barbershop Quartet (Mickey, Goofy, Donald & Brer Bear). I've already done the self-portrait (took 3 years!), and Puppy Love. I don't really have any patterns to trade though.

05-01-2001, 06:54 PM
when you get them done. I don't have the patience to cross stitch. Or the time for that matter. Glad there are some cross stitch buddies for our blue fairy though. :earsboy:

05-01-2001, 06:54 PM
Hopemax, I am glad to hear that someone did finsih the self portrait.
I am working it on a sweat shirt on 14 count and it is taking me forever. There are 8 different colors for Mickey's pants alone. and that stool is worse.
But it will look fantastic when it is finally done I bet.
I did the gang in Mickey's car on another sweatshirt and I get lots of compliments on that one. Especially from CM's at TDS. They all come up to me and ask where I got the neat sweatshirt. So I get to brag.
I would love to share patterns, but I don't have anything other than the Gang in the car and Sepf Portrait. Both are from kits, although I have seen the car one int he new Disney book of counted Cross stitch.
But anything you have with Mickey would be greatly appreciated. I just bought a jean's shirt that i want to do something with. Maybe a pattern on the back and a pocket design on the front. So if you have a pattern that might work please get in touch with me. Thanks Peggie.

05-01-2001, 08:52 PM
I can't do it.. I just can't do it!!!

Give me a pencil and some paper and I can draw anything.. give me some flowers and a vase and I can make a beautiful arrangement.. heck.. give me any craft in Michaels and I can do it.. just DON'T put a needle in my hand.. its just a disaster. :(

I tried cross stitching once..it's not a craft for impatient people is it? :rolleyes: Within the first 10 minutes I had a tangled mess in the back of the canvas that resembled a big plate of multicolored spagetti. I tried it again at a craft meet my exMIL (definately doesn't qualitfy as a DMIL :earseek: ) put together. The idea of the meet was to teach people needlework and then sell them these kits.. well, mine was so bad they didn't even attempt to see me a kit!! :crazy:

I envy you guys that can do needlework. I guess I'll just keep my nose in a sketchpad :cool:


05-01-2001, 10:14 PM
I love to cross stitch and have several patterns -- Mickey and Pooh books! plus lots of non-Disney

I have made a cross-stitched cover for a pin trading book. Those that came to the DIS-Camp last July got to see it. I am very proud.

Well I would love to trade patterns and do any cross-stitching work for pins too (After May 19th)


05-01-2001, 11:46 PM
I used to cross stitch for many years. I stopped when I needed reading glasses. I have a book of Disney patterns from 1980 with artwork for a scene with Peter Pan including Tink,Sleeping Beauty,Snow White & the Seven Dwarves,Pinocchio among others. I have a Pocahantas pattern that I did but never framed. A pattern for Alice in Wonderland(started but never finished, and Beauty & the Beast (never started). I'll copy patterns for pins.

05-02-2001, 02:19 PM
I cross stitch. I consider it my therapy! I need it to restore some calm/sanity in my life. I also needlepoint (which currently is my favorite - I enjoy picking fibers/stitches), knit, do hardanger and stumpwork. I am currently working on a cross stitch Pooh for my daughter's Christmas ornament collection. Just please don't ask Shawn how much I have in my needlework stash :)


05-02-2001, 05:07 PM
Oh I do. I have several patterns from Disney. Used to order them from the catalog long ago. Sadly, I let someone borrow the Cinderella Castle pattern after I finished it for my girls and it was never returned. Have 101 dalmations, Aristocats, Beauty and the beast, etc. Currently working on the Lady and the Tramp(of course). I want to find a pattern with the pin trading Mickey Logo. I know some software can transform the picture but I don't have this software.

So great to be back on the boards.

05-02-2001, 05:19 PM
Does anyone know of a good utility or software for translating clipart into cross-stitch charts?

I also wanted to say that sometimes I hate living in the Northwest, last year I saw all those wonderful movie patterns on Ebay and I searched from Vancouver to Seattle and East (Spokane/Tri-Cities) to try and find them and I never did. Then they discontinued them and they seem to not show up on ebay anymore. I was so bummed. I even tried to find them online but the only places that had them instock were in the UK.

05-03-2001, 12:52 AM
I have a few Disney cross-stitch books and leaflets (and I've actually finished and framed a couple).
I just started a new design today. It's the first KIT I've ever bought, because they're usually too expensive, but I had a 50% off coupon from Michael's, so... now after investing over $15.00, I am the proud owner of "Film Strip" by Leisure Arts. Its Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto lounging around a movie set. It is 14 count Aida with a finished size of 15 1/3 inches x 12 1/3 inches :earseek: and using almost 50 colors. Wow!
I've already put about four hours of work into it, (not to mention the woodwork I had to do to make a stretcher large enough for this monster!) and I can see it's going to be a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time before it ever sees the inside of a frame.

For those of y'all that don't know me, which is probably everybody, I am also a pin trader. Unfortunately, I do it very badly and I never have anything good to trade. I am also a big collector of all kinds of WDW Tomorrowland stuff. I am currently on the prowl for a LE 3500 Skyway 1971-1999 Slider Pin.

AZ JazzyJ
05-03-2001, 02:09 AM
I actually have a Disney cross stitch book and have done some of the patterns. Trina used to do cross stitch all the time when we were first married and whenever she put it down, I would pick it up. Before long, I was creating patterns and cross stitching from sweatshirts to coasters to wall hangings. We have even framed some of the cross stitch items that I have done (most were given as gifts). So I guess you can count me in as well.

I am interested how many of you cross stitch left handed? As for the question of software, you don't really need software. Just find a piece of graph paper with the appropriate number of squares per inch and take it to Kinkos or any copy center. Make a copy of the graph paper onto a transparency. Then simply overlay the transparency over the clipart and you have an instant cross stitch pattern.


05-03-2001, 04:14 AM
Yeah, but how do you know which colors to use? I like some shading, but not to the level that Stoney Creek likes to use in it's patterns.

Oh and a story, do you know the poster with all the Villains lined up in a dead forest with the castles in the background? They make a screen saver too, among other things. At last years NFFC convention I met a gentlemen who was cross stitching that design, just by looking at the picture! It was amazing. It was also quite large. Needless to say, I don't think I could do that.

05-03-2001, 08:18 AM
Jeff, have you done many transfers like that? I really want to convert the Pin trading Logo with Mickey to cross stitch and then frame it with all my various pin trading pins.

I have never done anything like that. Do you find it easy to follow? How do I choose which count-14, 16, etc.

Any tips would be helpful.

TDC Blue Fairy
05-03-2001, 10:01 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I had no idea there were so many of us!!! This is too cool. Anyone that wants Mickey or Pooh patterns, let me know.....I have a really cute one of Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet hanging from a balloon that would just be too cute framed with the balloon pins. And I have a Minnie that would look great with the Born to Shop pin. I also have Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto, Belle and Beast with Belle in the blue dress, I have a Baby Hercules and Pegasus, Lumiere and the featherduster, and Beast bowing. I have 2 different 102 Dalmatians patterns as well. Just let me know what you would like copies of, and I will be happy to make them. Take care!

05-03-2001, 05:42 PM
I used to cross stich for years, then gave it up just because it got "old".

Picked up a few books with Disney patterns, and I'm hooked again. Working on Mickey self portrait right now, and some Xmas ornaments.

If anyone does get the Mickey pin trader logo converted to cross stich pattern...please send it my way.


05-03-2001, 07:29 PM
This goes in the category of "things I should know better than to do a month before I go to WDW and thus have no petty cash."

Periodically I search the web for places that sell Disney cross-stitch. Here's a place in the UK that sells Disney patterns http://www.needlecraft-online.com/ . They have so many patterns for the movies.

This depresses me, a small island country gets this wide selection of patterns, and in this huge USA I can only find Pooh patterns and the same 3 or 4 Mickey patterns. Thank goodness for the Internet!

AZ JazzyJ
05-03-2001, 08:21 PM
Yes I have done a few of these transfers. The success depends upon the picture you are using and the level of realism you are looking for. If you want it to look photorealistic, the number of colors can be daunting. I try to minimize the number of colors I use by beginning with a simple picture (children's coloring books are a good place to start since they are just line-art). If it is a picture of something, I will overlay the transparency and then get out the thread and begin matching color values to the picture. As for the size of Aida cloth, I try to determine how large or small I want the finished piece to be and then work backwards to determine the size of the graph paper that I will use. I hope that helps, let me know if you need additional information.


05-04-2001, 08:51 AM
Yikes Jeff, that already sounds like it goes beyond my capabilities. Any chance of talking you into transfering a Mickey Pin Trading Logo for us??? Hmmm, pretty please.

I will even get Sharon to help me beg on this.

Also, I went digging and this is what I have in patterns if anyone wants a copy:

Lady and the Tramp
Cinderella-dancing with prince
Cinderella-mice with glass slipper
Aristocats-family protrait
101 dalmatians-Piano scene
Beauty and the Beast-Dancing scene
Pocahontas-Boat scene
Pocahantas-embrace with John smith
Mickey and Minnie-Photo shoot
Family Dinner-Thanksgiving meal w/Characters

05-04-2001, 09:35 AM
There is software called Pattern Maker that will help you create patterns from clip art. It is at this site http://www.hobbyware.com/pm_info_main.htm
I have not tried it and don't know exactly how it works but they do have a demo.
PS It is sold at Michaels who have 50% off coupons all the time.

05-04-2001, 09:50 AM
I also just found a few Pooh charts at this site. The Easter one looks really cute.

05-04-2001, 08:43 PM
Oh how I would LOVE to have that Disney Babies Sampler picture for the babies room!!!!! (listed on that UK site that is above)

If anyone has that pattern, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know (yes, I'm begging here!!!)

Sue Ellen

05-04-2001, 10:41 PM
If anyone has something similar to the filmstrip Mickey that is from that UK site I would LOVE a copy. I did write to the webmaster at the site and asked what I would have to do to order from here. I really would love to do that on my pinbag, sweatshirt, whatever. It is beautiful.

And yes Jeff, I do cross stitch left handed. But then again, I do everything with my left hand. Peggie

05-05-2001, 03:59 AM
I love to cross stitch. I work midnights and that's an easy way to stay awake. I have finished 4 wedding samplers for 4 friends since Jan 1st believe it or not. I thought I'd be sick of cross stitch for awhile after I was done but I've got several baby samplers to do now for other friends. Ooooh my aching fingers ;) I only have 101 dalmatian cross stitch Disney patterns but tons of others. If you're looking for anything just let me know, I might can help.
Iris, I would dearly love to have the lady & the tramp pattern. Which scene is it?

Cheryl :jester:

05-05-2001, 07:11 AM
Cheryl, it is of course the famous spaghetti scene with Tony and the other guy in background playing instruments. My copier at work did a great job making some copies.

Let me know if you would like a copy and I would be happy to send it to you.

05-05-2001, 02:30 PM
Poohsfriend and Hopemax, I have been using the software called PATTERN MAKER and it's wonderful! You can take a scanned picture and it will create the counted crossstitch chart. It can be set up to use DMC, Anchor or a couple of other floss brands, select what stitch size is wanted (14, 16, etc.) so you can have it very detailed if you want to use maximum colors. The basic software allows for 90 colors to a pattern. There is a professional version that will allow up to 150.

I bought mine at Michael's craft store so you can purchase it locally or via the link Poohsfriend provided. I believe it cost around $35 - $40. The upgrade to the professional version is around $60. I haven't gotten that yet because I'm waiting to see just how seriously I get back into needlework.

Lady Kat
05-06-2001, 09:28 AM
I haven't done cross stitching since I was a child and about the only patterns available were for pillowcases and hand towels. (O.K. I'm dating myself again).

Was just thinking I'd like to create something for my pin bag cover. Does anyone have any patterns of baby Simba or Nyla or anything lion king ?????

If not maybe I can get the program you are talking about and try.....hummmmm......the wheels are turning.

05-06-2001, 11:25 AM
I do cross stitch too.I have done a completed a few Disney pictures but have still to start the one where the characters are sitting round the dinner table.I think it will take a while to complete this one.

05-06-2001, 11:25 AM
Hi Lady Kat.
I haven't cross stitched for years but that program makes it very easy to get back into it. I recommend it highly.

05-06-2001, 12:27 PM
I cross-stich every now and then. I am not very good at it so I can get easily frustrated.

I really should be cross-stiching now. I am working on a Noah's Ark thing for my DH's cousin who is having a baby this month.

05-07-2001, 12:49 PM
I have several patterns...one is a book full and the other 3 are the self port., thanksgiving evening and I'm sorry I don't remember the other it is from the gallery at Downtown Disney :rolleyes:

05-07-2001, 03:33 PM
of people who cross stitch for relaxation..I have done many many birth and wedding samplers..and have only recently finished my first 2 disney projects..(they were kits I got at WDW in 1996-LOL..just never seemed to have time to get started on them)..one was the "self portrait" one..of Mickey painting a picture of Walt..it came with a black and white transfer to add to the image..and the second was of Beauty and the Beast dancing in the ballroom..
So it seems a LOT of us DIS'ers are into crafting..and pin trading!!

05-07-2001, 10:30 PM
Wow, I had no idea there were so many cross-stitchers out there!!

I just started in this about 6, 7 months ago, and absolutely adore it!! However, I'm not really very patient with most existing patterns. Patterns that do shading by going checkerboard drive me up the wall (that is, one block black, one brown, one black, one brown, etc) I very much prefer to do patterns by combining the two -- one thread of black and one of brown. Gets the same shading across, sometimes better, is a heckuva lot faster and easier, and not nearly so frustrating, and creates a more realistic texture :)

Since I started... let's see...

I did two small cat patterns out of books.


I did the first pattern that was a couple of humming-birds and only a so-so pattern.


Other than that, I think I've made every other pattern by scratch.

I just finished one of a birdhouse and western tanager that fits in a 6' loop. It's my favorite (and I think most complex) so far of those I've made by hand, and I'm about to do it again for my mom for her birthday this summer (the one I just finished is for my grandma's birthday).

But now I'm trying to find a new pattern to make/work on when I go to my parent's on Tues nights so my mom doesn't see me working on her pattern yet again.

05-08-2001, 01:55 PM
I didn't really look at the time. I'd love to have the pattern for mickey holding hands with the firefighter print that they sell in the MK's "firehouse". Does anyone remember seeing this as cross stitch? If so, it'll be on my purchase list this fall!!!

Cheryl :jester:

05-09-2001, 10:36 AM
If no one's done it yet, if someone can get me a decent-sized picture (at least 400 pixels wide) of the Mickey pin-trader that you're talking about, I can probably give converting it to a cross-stitch chart a try.

05-09-2001, 11:17 AM
Hey all, I broke down and purchased the Pattern Maker software. I am going to try to convert the image of the Pin trading Logo. I am using the Logo that is on the pin trading bag because it is pretty clear and only has a few colors.

I am still new to the software so my first attempt had way too many colors and the image took up the entire space. I am learning how to limit the number of colors and reduce the image a bit.

If it works and looks good, I will be happy to make some copies.

Has anyone worked this software before? Wondering about the backstiching function.

05-09-2001, 11:56 AM
Nope, never used it :) I've been making my patterns by hand :)

TDC Blue Fairy
05-09-2001, 01:12 PM

let me know how you like the software, I have been dying to give it a try. I have some ideas for images if you are game to try them.......and I would be happy to send you some money to cover preinter supplies and such. Mine is on the blink again, GRRR! LOL! Take care!

05-09-2001, 01:42 PM

I love to cross-stitch. I stopped doing it for a while but now I'm right back into it. I'm working on a piece with birdhouses. I have a bunch of unfinished projects that I need to finish. Now that I'm re-inspired, I plan to work on them.

I have some Disney patterns. If anyone wants to organize a swap of some sorts, sign me up!!


05-09-2001, 02:08 PM
Iris, I've been enjoying the software myself. I haven't tried the backstitch though. You can also get a lower number of colors by adjusting the stitch count. The default is for AIDA. The higher you go, the greater the detail.

Also, when you have the graphic displayed, you can change the colors by selecting "PALETTE" and then colors. You can replace the colors on the palette with any listed in the displayed library (for example, if you get a tonal series of off whites, you can change them to fewer colors or change pale green to darker green). Once you change the palette color, the graphic adjusts automatically to the new color value. You can fine tune by editing the graphic. Zoom in to 150% or greater and then just click on the bottom bar that displays the colors. You'll see a "picture" frame around the selected color. Click anywhere on your picture and the color will change to the new color you have selected.

Have fun.

05-10-2001, 04:24 PM

Sabrina, my daughter has my self portrait cross stitch. She is supposed to brig it home this weekend for me to copy for you.


05-10-2001, 04:27 PM
Anyone have the "Pooh Sticks" Pattern?

05-10-2001, 05:46 PM
I have been cross stitching sense ''91. done a couple hundred christmass ordamints and about tweenty large ones. I haven't done any disney one yet . I think that I might try one if I find one I like.

TDC Blue Fairy
05-10-2001, 06:52 PM

Anything in particular that you would like to try? Between all of us that have posted, I bet one of us has something you would like to try your hand at.......:)

05-11-2001, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by karinmac
I used to cross stitch for many years. I stopped when I needed reading glasses. I have a book of Disney patterns from 1980 with artwork for a scene with Peter Pan including Tink,Sleeping Beauty,Snow White & the Seven Dwarves,Pinocchio among others. I have a Pocahantas pattern that I did but never framed. A pattern for Alice in Wonderland(started but never finished, and Beauty & the Beast (never started). I'll copy patterns for pins.

Could I possibly pay you for your time and copy expense to get a copy of those patterns. I used to have that book and loaned it out :mad: I never got it back.

I'm espcially interested in the Snow White and the peter Pan.

05-11-2001, 04:31 PM

I would also love a copy of that book. Would trade for other patterns or for pins.

05-11-2001, 06:12 PM
Hi TDC Blue Fairy,
I found one on the UK site that I like. It is one with the 7 dwarves on it . I would like to do one with Mickey and only Mickey but only seen ones with him and friends or some other object. I mostly do the Lavender and lase angels and give them to family members. My grandmother keeps giving me one with cats,as I love cats,but I had to ask her to stop for I have so many other projects to do. I am working on one of the cat ones now. Have not been to motivated of late but trying to finish it so I can start on another angel for one of my aunts. At the end of last year I finished a monopoly board cross stitch that came out great. Brings back memories of being a kid and playing it for hours. I might enter it in the local fair this summer. I have had a few best of shows in the past but a few years ago they put the quilts in the same category as cross stitch, haven't had much luck sense. Still fun to show off my work and get a blue ribbon.
Do they have cross stitch stuff down in WDW downtown would like to look when I'm down there in September. Also what to look at the small Mickey and Walt statue too.
Happy cross stitching :jester:

12-02-2010, 08:42 PM
I love cross stitching!!

12-03-2010, 02:49 PM
I do too, I love it....I have Cinderella's Castle I need to do for DD10. :) But....this thread is from 2001 so I just thought I'd let you know that. :)