Photograph to cross stitch pattern
(Culpeper, VA, USA)
I would like to convert photographs of the stained glass windows at my church into detailed cross stitch patterns. I took the pictures with my Nikon Coolpix camera (point and shoot) I do not own any software programs like Photoshop. I hope to be able to insert the photograph in a cross stitch pattern software and end up with a detailed chart that will reflect the beauty of the windows.
I want to use these photos in several ways but the main project is to arrange the pictures (or parts of the pictures) to form a 2-3 inch "picture frame" border that will frame a quote. The project was conceived because I expect that a few years from now our pastor will move on to other places and he has spoken often about how he loves the stained glass windows of the church. I want to put those windows in stitched formed so he may always look on them.
The each piece of glass is one color, there is a gradation of shades as the light shines through them. I would like the finished project to reflect this. I don't have the finances to buy photo shop software, but if a good cross stitch program will make up for the lack I really would like to do this. I am an excellent cross stitcher and have worked with embroidery design for 40 years. I stitch many of the Lavendar and Lace angels and love the way that thread can create a painting.
Susan at SusanLB@aol.com