Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cross Stitch Design 101 - Spring Break!

What? Only 2 classes and it's already time for spring break? I'm the teacher, I make the rules and I say Spring Break!

Actually, after 2 posts full of L*K designing tips, I feel like I've hit a wall on giving advice. (Scroll back to see previous Design 101 posts if you've been skipping class.)

Now I need some comments/questions from all of you!!!

I want to hear what else you would like to know about designing cross stitch.

Have I left out some important design steps?
Want to hear more about the publishing process after a design is "done"?
Want a tour of L*K world headquarters/warehouse where Alan works?
Want to hear about "typical day" as a designer?
Want to hear about distributors/shops/online shops and all that confusion?

I know I can't answer all of your questions, but please leave a comment below with what you'd like to know about L*K and cross stitch design. 

Class dismissed for SPRING BREAK!

***Summer MYSTERY SAMPLER sneak peek info coming soon!  Visit again soon! 


  1. Enjoy your spring break! How do you decide on fabric? Do you use something you have on hand or go shopping? How do you choose the fabric company or manufacturer?

  2. Spring break! Now if my job would follow suit :(. What is the software you use for designing? You mentioned previously that it's old. Since I don't have a drop of creativity in me and do a good job of following others, and you included, in their design patterns, I always thought it would be nice to mess around on the computer and see what I came up with. I like the question above also about how you make choices on fabric. How about threads and embellishments? Do you keep a good stock of fabrics and threads on hand to match up what you have in mind. To me, that would be the more enjoyable part!

  3. Enjoy your break. I would love to hear about all of the ideas you listed.


  4. All of the above! Where does your inspiration come from and how do you start - Events, sayings, family.....?

  5. I agree with everyone above.

  6. I also would love the answers to all your questions you mentioned. A virtual tour would be awesome!! On my software for designing things come out looking a bit awkward(some lettering looks off, or designs look squared)do you have any suggestions to prevent this from happening? Enjoy Spring Break!! Your Tops in my book!!

  7. Can't wait to see the answers to these questions!!

  8. I would love to hear it all. Have a nice break.

  9. I hope you'll answer all of the questions you suggested! I'd also like to know if it's possible to purchase additional buttons and embellishments for your designs, and where I could do that because sometimes I stitch your designs more than once. I'd also like to know how a brand new designer would go about finding a publisher, and then how do you get the word out to shops across the country that there's a new designer out there? Is that the job of the publisher? Thank you for your super posts.

  10. I'd really like more info on the business end of it - suppliers, printing, etc. that you have to deal with. I work in a print shop, so typically what size runs do you do? Are they offset or digital prints, etc? Do you go to press checks or just hope for the best in regards to matching colors of your original piece, etc? Plus, getting your work out there - how do you find distributors and what kind of legal help do you need to protect your work?

  11. Hi, I love your designs and your style is truly unique. My question is when someone starts designing how can one be sure that the finished design doesn't breach some one else's copyrights? With so many designers focusing on the same topics/themes there's bound to be some similarities. It would be awful to design something you believe to be your own to then be accused of copying. Thank you so much for your tips and advice.

  12. Yes to all of those questions. It would be amazing you could spread each one of those into their own posts. It's fascinating seeing the behind the scenes stuff.
    Keep up the amazing work!

  13. How do you make your cover photos for the patterns? Do you use a special program ? or do you have a graphic designer that uses a special program. Would you know which program they use?

    Love this series of articles and your patterns.


  14. How do you stay motivated--and stay in business!--with the rampant theft of designers' work on illegal pattern sharing websites and places like Pinterest?