F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
I get asked many questions running the Dunmani Designs website. Here are some answers to some of the more popular ones. If you have a question and can't find the answer here please mail me.
- What is cross stitch?
Cross stitch is a type of embroidery where diagonal stitches are used to form crosses and make up a picture or pattern. Cross stitch is most commonly sewn on special fabric made up of a grid of squares called Aida. Cross stitch patterns are made up of a grid of squares with different symbols denoting the use of different coloured threads. See my How to Stitch page for more information.
- How do I download the patterns?
See my Instructions page.
- I downloaded one of your designs but the picture won't print, why?
The designs here are in Microsoft Word '97 .doc format, that means you need Word '97 or a more recent version to view and print them correctly. If you don't have a recent copy of Word don't worry, you can download a free Word viewer from Microsoft which will allow you to view and print my designs. See my Instructions page.
- Do you have a picture of a horse? bird? car?
Whilst I appreciate suggestions of what kinds of patterns you would like to see at Dunmani Designs I regret I cannot answer individual queries for specific patterns. There are many other free cross stitch design webpages on the internet, my suggestion would be use a serach engine, eg. search on 'crossstitch horse', or ask at a specialist online forum such as the needlcraft area at About.com.
- I've stitched some of the patterns from Dunamni Designs, can I sell them to raise funds for charity?
Yes you can! I offer my patterns royalty free, that means you don't have to pay to use the patterns. You can sell your stitched work for charity but please don't pass the designs off as your own or sell them for personal profit.
- How can I turn a photograph into a cross stitch pattern?
There are 3 main ways of doing this:
- Purchase a photo stitch kit (available from all good needlecraft stores)
- Use cross stitch computer software which generates patterns from scanned images
- Use special transparent graph paper and trace through the picture.