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Do You Need a Shabby Chicken?

Do You Need a Shabby Chicken?
Do You Need a Shabby Chicken?

 a collaged cow?
a paper pieced pig?

You can download these and bazillions more free digital images at Far, Far Hill.  These are to be used for personal projects. Some large collections are available with unlimited use for $1.50.

I’m also thrilled to report that Dover Pictura is open for business! You can download whole collections of their images for about half the price of their books (especially when you figure in shipping.) Don’t want the whole collection? You can download indiviual pages (~1-20 images) for $.99-$1.99. When you sign up, you get three pages for free! You can also sign up for their free sample images that come by email every week. I’ve been gathering those for a couple of years, now.

 I have to warn you, though, both sites are addictive!

Playing with Software

Playing with Software
Playing with Software

It’s no secret that I’ve had the itch to cross-stitch lately. I’ve also always enjoyed charting my own designs. I know there’re several software applications that will do that for you, now, but I don’t know if I design enough to warrant their purchase.

This cursive K was done with free software called “Pixel Hobby.” The intent of the software is to design a chart for mini mosaics. You can download this software directly from their website, http://www.pixelhobby-usa.com/ . It has two options: you can download/upload a photo to be “pixellated” or you can draw your own design using the mouse. I wrote this “K” on the mousepad of my laptop with my finger. After saving it and printing it, I scanned it so it should be in JPEG format, now. The software has a send to JPEG command, but I can’t find out where it sends it, yet! If you are in need of a capital K to stitch for someone (Kimberly!) help yourself! Just right click on the graph and choose, “Print Picture,” or “Save Picture As” to save it to your computer!