5D Cross Stitcher

Posted by Carina Thavelin

One of my favorite parts of the 5D™ Professional is the small but fun program called Cross Stitcher(also available as add-on or Free-standing program). Here you can create cross stitch embroideries automatically from a picture or create your design, stitch by stitch, among other things. The possibilities are endless.

Here are some of the things I have created recently:

The pillow above is my latest project. I wanted to create a true traditional rose pattern but I could'nt find a nice picture to digitize automatically. What to do?
I took an old cross stitch pattern of a rose and painted the crosses in. You might think this would be tedious work but it was'nt. It just took 20 min. When I finished the first rose and leaf, I could just copy and paste it again, and again.
The cool thing is that you can decide the size of your crosses and how many times it will stitch. These crosses are 6mm wide and stitched 8 times. This gives it a hand stitched heritage look. I love it!

I also used the same technique for the embroideries of this dress.
The inspiration came from one of the sample cross stitch embroideries that we have in some of the Designer embroidery machines.
I wanted bigger crosses, so I used the Cross Stitch Program to re-create it.
Yes, it took a while to embroider, but I think it was worth it!

We made this hanging tapestry type of picture for my colleague Lenas birthday a couple of weeks ago. It is one of her favorite sayings in Swedish and it means that "it is better to ask for forgiveness than permission". I created it in Cross Stitcher by using the built-in font Old English and then added some cute roses, also built-in in the program. It just took me a few minutes and I think it looks super cute. Lena had a laugh and was really happy about her personalized gift :)

You van read more about the programs here:

5D Professional Plus
5D Cross Stitcher (add-on)
It is also available as a Free-standing program, Inspira Cross Stitcher

Now I am leaving the office for a few weeks, it's time for summer holiday, but first I will take a sewing class. Next week I will be sewing together with my colleague Kerstin in a class held by the very talented teacher Mikael Svensson. I will take many pictures and show you what we have been up to.


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Filed Under: "Design Collection", Embroidery, "Embroidery Software", Inspiration, "Joy of Sewing", Sewing
missy k
That dress is awesome! I would wear it.
9/4/2013 9:34:05 AM

Carina Thavelin
Hi Jo Ann,
I googled pictures of cross stitch roses and found a lot of different styles. You can find both pattern and pictures you can use.
If you look in the instruction book for the 5D Cross stitch program, there are a lot of helpful exercises. It might not be exactly what you want to create but you will learn how all the functions work.
I used cut-away for the pillow, that is correct. For the dress I used an aqua magic to make sure I kept the nice softness of the wool crepe.
Hope you have fun with your cross stitch program! :)
8/13/2013 10:07:06 AM

Jo Ann McCraw
My first time here ... beautiful cross stitch! Where would I find such beautiful patterns?

I use to cross stitch by hand, but my eyes are not what they use to be. I have the Cross Stitch which came with my 5D Pro, but there have been no classes on cross stitch in our local store since I purchased it about a year ago. I would love to learn more.

Both the pillow and the dress are beautiful! I would assume a cut-a-way stabilizer was used on the pillow, am I correct? What stabilizer was used for the cross stitching on the dress?

Jo Ann
7/30/2013 5:25:20 AM

Carina Thavelin
Thank you Flo! :)

Hi Eileen,
Glad you like it too I use stitches about 6-7 mm wide. Depending on the size of the design and hoop. When the crosses are sewn 8-12 times I use the regular 40 weight rayon thread. Hope you ave fun with the program! :)
7/18/2013 2:49:52 PM

Eileen Tilley
I just love the 5D Cross stitch programme too but hadn't thought to make the stitches so big.
It looks great! What size are the crosses and what thread di you use?
7/18/2013 7:57:44 AM

The dress is beautiful!
7/12/2013 9:46:38 PM

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