Wanting to help her, I offered to design a cross stitch pillow for her. She sent me pictures of Siggy and gave her permission to share the process I used to create the pattern.
My first try at it was less than impressive. I stitched for two days straight and wasn't pleased with the colors. Back to the drawing board.
Have you ever heard of PicMonkey? It's a free online photo editor. I used it to crop, sharpen and resize one of the photos that touched my heart. It was important for me to capture the love I saw in Siggy's eyes. Here's the picture after using PicMonkey:
Then I discovered a great online cross stitch pattern maker called My Photo Stitch. I had to play with it a little bit to come up with that "look". This is the neatest software - it prints out the chart, color codes and breaks it up into nine sections for you. You can choose up to 50 colors of thread you want for your design.
I've been stitching and stitching for a little over a week. Here is Siggy so far:
"Siggy" 6.5 x 6.5 inches (so far)
I'm hoping to complete Siggy this weekend so I can send it to my sweet friend next week. I'll keep you posted.