About & FAQ

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This is me with my X-Files cross stitch

Welcome to PDX-stitch, a cross stitching & other needlecraft blog! I’m Kate, and I live in Portland, Oregon, AKA the Rose City, AKA the city where it rains so much you have to find indoor fun — like crafting. I have been cross stitching for almost 4 years. I started with a simple craft-store kit, and was so enamoured, I quickly learned how to make my own patterns so that I could stitch whatever I imagined. My favorite things to stitch are designs inspired by my favorite TV shows, games, and movies. I occasionally enjoy sewing, knitting, and creative writing, and I am hoping to teach myself needle felting in the near future. I also collect postcards & run a blog about that over at deltiolog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sell the free charts you post?

No. Unless the chart itself says otherwise, the free charts I post are for personal use only; please do not sell the charts, include them in kits for sale, or sell items made with the charts. However, please do use them to make things for yourself, your friends, your family, or anyone else who needs some cross stitching in their life, and feel free to share them on your favorite social media with a link back to https://pdxstitch.wordpress.com.

What are affiliate links and why are they on your site?

I am part of the Amazon Affiliate program, which means that I receive a small commission if you buy something from Amazon after clicking on an Amazon product link in one of my posts. I only link to products that I have used and liked, or similar products that I think would be helpful for needlecrafters. Since readers of the blog can be from all corners of the globe, I think it is helpful to link to products on Amazon because the supplies available in local stores can vary widely. You should feel free to purchase your supplies wherever you want to, but if you do purchase from Amazon after clicking one of the affiliate links on this blog, know that you are helping to support my crafting and blogging

How do you make your cross stitch charts?

I use a cross stitch chart program called MacStitch (which is Mac only, but the same company makes an apparently identical program for Windows called WinStitch). Usually I use Adobe Photoshop to edit an image to the size I want (with one pixel equal to one stitch), save the file as a .png, and use MacStitch’s image conversion feature to turn it into a chart. I’ve posted a basic tutorial explaining how I use Photoshop to edit images before importing them into MacStitch; you can read it here.

Before I had MacStitch, I also used a free program called KG-Chart (Windows only). It is a great basic chart-maker, and the price is hard to beat.

How do I learn how to cross stitch?

Getting started with cross stitch is really simple. I learned by buying a DMC kit from my local chain craft store; it had all the needed supplies and decent instructions, too. This was a great way to get started with the craft.

You can also check out cross stitch section on Reddit and refer to their FAQ document that is full of tips & instructions. The About.com cross stitch section also has many tutorials.

Good luck on your first project!