Cat family tree

by Hilary
(Knowle U. K.)

Our current cat!

Our current cat!

Hi, I have cross stitched for many years but I have always used kits and have never designed anything. I have promised to give my sons and all nieces and nephews a cross stitch picture as a wedding present.
My younger son and girlfriend have asked me to do a ‘cat family tree’ including the five cats we have had on our side and the four on his girlfriend’s side. I am being sent photos of Liz’s cats and obviously have photos of all ours.
Where do I start? I have Windows on the computer
Thank you for any help!

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What a lovely project
by: Carol

Hi Hilary,

In order to get plenty of detail in each cat you could be looking at a large project so you might like to consider just cross stitching their heads to keep things manageable.
Another decision to make is how photo-realistic you want to be. Simplifying the cats so that any distinctive markings are apparent but not every hair would perhaps be wise.
A simple backstitch alphabet could be created and then the details such as the cats’ names and any dates you wish to include could be charted first. This will then give you an idea as to how large an area you will have to fit each cat into.
If it were me, I would try to standardise on the colours I used to keep the whole peace in harmony.
Positioning the animals would likely depend to a major extent on the order that the cats shared their lives with you all.
If you can, however, try to spread the colours evenly so that you don’t end up with all the same colours in one area of the design.
As a Windows user I would recommend trying WinStitch from UrsaSoftware. The creator of this software has offered visitors to this site a discount if you order from the following page…

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Have fun with your first designing experience, and don’t forget to share your results with us all when it's done.

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