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Posted by: Gilraen Surion

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Posted on: 9/27/04 4:44 PM
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I am learning on how to make my garments look better with embroidery. I have to do this by hand as I do not have an embroidery machine.
What I have found it that most counted thread and freehand patterns are very expensive and not what I want anyway as I am a fan of medieval and celtic borders. Also I don't want to spend a lot of money on a special program. So tried a shortcut with programs that I do have on my computer.

For this you need a later version of Excel as it needs to be capable of inserting pictures in headers I do it in Excel 2004.
I open a new page and insert the picture I want in the header and enlarge it to a size I want. I then have to adjust the height of the header etc in the view page (show margins)
Then ensure that my gridlines are black and printing You will need to put a little x in top right hand corner or otherwise it will not print and adjust the cells to the counted thread size I want I find width 0.5 and height 4 work for me. Set print area adjust the height of the header etc in the view page (show margins)
For darkk/near black colours the borders of the cells can be adjusted to be more visible.

The same technique can be used for freehand if you want to break the picture up in squares. Just make the squares in excel larger.
At first it is a little fiddely but once you have the hang of it it is so easy.

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zoezmommy said...
What a cool idea! Thanks!
9/28/04 8:21 AM
kempcor said...
Great idea -- I'll have to try it.
9/30/04 6:06 PM
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