I think more people would cross-stitch if it were called 'pixelated thread art', which, in 21st century parlance, is exactly what it is. A series of X's made over woven cloth to create pictures and words. Sound familiar? Three centuries or so ago, young woman did counted cross stitch as a means to become proficient with a needle and thread as much as to learn their alphabet and numbers. Nowadays, the act of cross-stitching has less-weighty implications, but, for many, it's still a beloved art form. And now with photo-to-cross-stitch-pattern-converter, we can turn any picture into a piece of 'pixelated thread art' for $7.50 each. OR, for $10 monthly fee, we can convert as many pictures as we like.
Using the Pattern Creator, I turned my boyfriend Johnny pictured above into the cross-stitch pattern below. I chose the size I wanted, how many stitches I wanted to make per inch, how many colors of thread and brand of thread I wanted to use, if I wanted any effects like sepia or grey scales, if I wanted my colors diffused or not and even brightness and contrast. Pattern Creator makes your pattern according to your preferences and also gives you a color chart of thread, complete with brand & color number.
If all this cross-stitch talk has left you intimidated--DON'T BE! Counted cross stitch is one of the easiest crafts you could ever learn. If you don't believe me, check out this tutorial on Yarn Tree entitled 'Learn Cross Stitch in 5 Minutes.' Yup...5 minutes!!
Primary pic courtesy of radicalcrossstitch.com.