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How do I make my own cross-stitch pattern?

There is a quote I'd like to cross-stitch for my aunt for Christmas. I have lots of experience with doing cross-stitch from patterns, but zero artistic ability when it comes to creating something from scratch that looks the way I want it to. Is there an easy way for me to generate a pattern? Like, something where I can choose a font and maybe some little accent details and put it together and it gives me a pattern? Mine is a Linux/Android household, but I could probably borrow something from a friend if there's a great Windows/Mac/iOS application. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Oct 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me crochet and knit without patterns

I want to find pattern books that aren't written in pattern shorthand. [more inside]
posted by msali on Aug 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Tried-and-tested knitting patterns for the short and bottom-heavy

I want to use up a stash of yarn and expand my wardrobe at the same time. I need knitting patterns for garments that are flattering for someone short (we're talking 5'2") and bottom heavy (weight largely in the belly and butt - and short legs to boot). Do you know of any such patterns? Would prefer a tried-and-true pattern so my efforts are less likely to go, well, pear-shaped. Bonus if the finished product is more suited for summer wear. [more inside]
posted by satoshi on Aug 9, 2013 - 14 answers

I am bitter about "happy people". Why am I feeling this way?

Lately, I've realized that I'm increasingly bitter and even quite angry about people that appear too happy (think your average idealized personality on Facebook). [more inside]
posted by raintree on Jun 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Sock it to me

How can I teach myself to knit socks? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on May 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Karaoke-like software to speak Norwegian like a native

Is there any software out there which can give me feedback on rhythm, timing and flow for language learning? Karaoke for Norwegian speech patterns? [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan on Mar 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Homemade Socks for Dummies

Knitting filter: Looking for your suggested relatively easy patterns to knit soft, warm socks ankle or slightly higher length socks for myself (normally wear US women's 9-11 sock) and my Bear (long narrow male feet, unsure of his sock size). We both are somewhat allergic to wool. [more inside]
posted by bearwife on Dec 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me deal with negative patterns of thinking.

Help me learn how to control my own mind. How do I stop thinking about things that I shouldn't be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 15, 2012 - 23 answers

The dress must be out there.

Mefi Sewers! I am a beginning sewer and just found a fabulous vintage patterned length of fabric (two yards x 58 inches) at a thrift shop for two bucks. I want to make a very simple a-line shift dress that is made from two cuts of fabric, front and back, that sew together on the sides of the body. A zipper in the back is ok. I cannot seem to find a pattern, vintage or otherwise, that fulfills these criteria. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to get reproductions of Lalla Essaydi's photographs?

Does anyone know where to get reproductions of Lalla Essaydi's photographs? [more inside]
posted by Spanner Nic on Apr 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Double, Double, Toile and Trouble...

InteriorDesignFilter: I have three 22x28" baroque frames that I need to fill. [more inside]
posted by erstwhile on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Design Patterns / Jazz Standards

Hello MeFi. I'm curious as to the correlation between software development Design Patterns for and Jazz Standards. Usual loot from Google: Some dude who thought of it first (and used it as a nice allegoric explanation in Programmers Stackexchange and a somewhat geeky ironic coding-related mention ("Jazz supports interaction through event listeners"). These are all nice examples of the basic similarity between the two, I'm looking for more, though. Are you aware of any materials that somehow approach this idea?
posted by lipsum on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

What are these visual phenomena?

I have the perfect question for the hive mind: Does anyone know the name for and reasoning behind the following visual phenomena: 1 The patterns you see when two fences (or any repeating "grid" of objects) pass each other (or appear to pass each other due to parallax) slightly out of phase. I was told the name for this and it bugs me that I've forgotten it. 2 The odd wobbling about you see in LED clocks when eating or (even more pronounced if you can do it) when "rolling" the letter R. The name is what I'm most interested in RE 1, and the reasoning for 2!
posted by cdenman on Dec 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Do new and hip fleece patterns exist?

DIY Holiday Gifts: I love sewing easy projects with fleece, but hate how all the patterns out there are stuck in the 80s. Help me find some more hip, updated and/or useful patterns! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat on Nov 28, 2011 - 17 answers

How can I become aware of my unconscious behaviour patterns?

It has been suggested to me that I exhibit unconscious behaviour patterns which are giving people I interact with a different message to the one I would prefer. How can I become aware of these unconscious behaviour patterns? [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung on Sep 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Entering Planet Room.

I'm getting tired of how my room currently looks. The walls cannot be painted. I want to pretty the room up with lights of various colors, patterns, and effects, so at night, when I enter my room, it feels like I'm entering a different space entirely. What ideas, suggestions, examples can you lend me? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on May 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Subverting My Attraction to Negative Passive People

I find myself in a pattern of getting into long-term relationships with people who end up displaying massive passive-aggressive tendancies and negativity. I always think I've found someone who is going to be a great, equal partner and I just end up in the same relationship again and again. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Mar 1, 2011 - 34 answers

Toddler

Is it normal for a child's sleep patterns to change at one-year-old? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Jan 17, 2011 - 14 answers

How to stop being a worrywart?

How do I stop worrying? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Nov 16, 2010 - 19 answers

I want to think less frameworky

I've become habitually prone to categorizing mankind according to various schema, many of which are informed by social science. The problem is this brings polarized and hierarchical thinking, and I suspect may be the illusion of intelligence. I suppose I am easily seduced by "frameworks". Can you recommend any books that address this issue, or could at least break me out of this tendency?
posted by blargerz on Oct 7, 2010 - 21 answers

All About Gauge

[Knitting Filter] I got the knit. Got the purl. Got the reading of patterns. Now let's talk about gauge. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Aug 10, 2010 - 16 answers

Am I making the same relationship mistakes?

Am I making the same relationship mistakes: Getting over 'the one' and facing future relationships (sorry, long long post) [more inside]
posted by nadmer on Mar 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Are there common teeth/dental patterns? If so, what are they?

I'm really fascinated by teeth and their various shapes, arrangements, etc. I remember reading something a few years back that discussed several basic dental patterns, but I can't find it, or any info remotely like it. It was a fluff piece in a fashion mag I think, but I'm more interested in reading something slightly more substantial or scientific. Does there exist a taxonomy, or a conventionalized way for describing common dental patterns? Google searching yields little, and frankly, I feel like a bit of a freak for having such a weird attraction to these cute little things and all their delightful quirks. Bonus question, am I alone on this?
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Patterns and eyes

Often, when I view repeating high-contrast patterns in blinds, clothes, floors, escalators, or other objects I find them to be disconcerting verging on painful. You aren't my doctor, but does this sound familiar at all? Googling has turned up nothing useful. [more inside]
posted by TimeDoctor on Jan 12, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I talk to children?

How can I talk to children? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Nov 6, 2009 - 12 answers

A three-digit password is not "too long."

The Blurst.com registration page tells me my (12-character) password is too long, while a string of 100 A's is OK. FFF is a fine password, but 777 is too long. What gives? (Somewhat long but delightfully pattern-y description follows) [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Oct 20, 2009 - 14 answers

What are the great patterning works of literature?

What are the great patterning works of literature? In Book by Book, Michael Dirda presents a list of what he calls “patterning works” which he describes as books that “. . later authors regularly build on, allude to, work against.” and which he says “ . . . ought to lie at the heart of any structured reading program.” [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 17, 2009 - 73 answers

Cross my heart

I've been doing some cross-stitch after a break, and have been enjoying it. Where can I find some cool, non-chintzy designs? Especially if something other than cards or big projects. Recommendations for pattern software good too! [more inside]
posted by mippy on Mar 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Sewing baby clothes

Sewing baby clothes- I have a friend's shower coming up, and I'd like to make something fabulous for an infant baby girl. Patterns you've made, pictures of clothes you love, general info on good and bad baby clothes, fabrics, fasteners, &c. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Sep 9, 2008 - 17 answers

the Dr Frankenstein of collaborative software

Easiest, most effective way to stand up a collaborative portal? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Aug 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Where does this shirt pattern come from?

What is the origin of these shirts? I have this shirt. i want to know where it comes from. not where it's made, but where in the world does this pattern and style come from? PatternShirt01.jpg PatternShirt02.jpg thanks!
posted by karl88 on Jul 2, 2008 - 4 answers

In an OOP world, what's the best way to handle a lot of sequential code?

Design-pattern (programming) question. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 16, 2008 - 41 answers

Floral patterns - what are they called?

Name that pattern! I've seen some really nice designs lately that feature a stylised floral pattern running in a repeating, seamless motif. [more inside]
posted by dantodd on Feb 29, 2008 - 15 answers

I spy with my little eye

What do you look at/notice, as you wander through the world, that I probably ignore? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Feb 12, 2008 - 130 answers

Someone must be blogging about blogs, right?

Is anyone out there publishing analysis or actively tracking interesting developments/trends in blogging in terms of the emerging patterns in the form and functionality of the blogs themselves? [more inside]
posted by lhl on Dec 30, 2007 - 4 answers

Negative ghostrider, the pattern is full

When I drum, I throw patterns and caution to the wind... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Nov 14, 2007 - 12 answers

Need Resources on Mind Energy Changing DNA

I need solid scientific evidence that thought can change matter - how consciousness effects DNA structure, patterns and ultimately reality. Charts, studies, videos, all is welcome as a way of viewing and understanding how the mind's energy works in relation to physical matter. Thank you so much.
posted by watercarrier on Nov 7, 2007 - 51 answers

Help me doodle pretty.

DoodleFilter: How do I learn to draw intricate patterns freehand?
posted by Laugh_track on Nov 5, 2007 - 16 answers

Where to find an old pattern for a knit Christmas stocking?

Help me find the pattern for the knitted Christmas stocking of my youth! [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 19, 2007 - 18 answers

if (a || (b and (c or d)) and (not e or (f and g and h))) then ???

Comp Sci: What's the best Design Pattern or structure for dealing with a complex relationship between many booleans? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 25, 2007 - 34 answers

Large scale scanning and printing?

Looking for a specialty printer who can print large-format pattern pieces (and possibly scan them, too) for a new line of sewing and knitting patterns. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Jul 13, 2007 - 11 answers

Can I copy a button-down shirt I love?

Can I copy a button-down shirt I love? [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic on May 9, 2007 - 8 answers

What does the internet look like?

I'm looking for interesting visualizations of the internet: traffic patterns, affinity networks, what-have-you for a presentation on "Online Communications." Bonus points for movies, animation, and general coolness. [more inside]
posted by hwickline on May 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Pattern for Marimekko "clover" bag?

I saw this Marimekko 'clover' bag at a friend's house recently, and I would love to make something similar (well, the more identical the better) for my wife. [more inside]
posted by misterbrandt on Jan 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Pattern Matching

FashionFilter: How do I match patterns? I can work with color pretty well but patterns are a mystery to me. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 2, 2007 - 12 answers

WebDesign Filter: Is there a site that has a collection of basic page layouts that I can browse and choose from, a la the Noodle Incident's CSS box workaround page?

WebDesign Filter: Is there a site that has a collection of basic page layouts that I can browse and choose from, a la the Noodle Incident's CSS box workaround page? [more inside]
posted by rmm on Nov 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Vintage Clothing Needed, Stat!

I need to find good thrift stores (or just not expensive stores) in Atlanta that sell late fifties to early sixties clothing (vintage or restyled, as long as the restyling isn't too weird). [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Apr 7, 2006 - 4 answers

Retro patterns and designs

Where can I find patterns similar to this? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jan 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Knitted sweater pattern: why can't I find you?

SweaterFilter: I am searching for a specific pattern for a knitted sweater similar to this. [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe on Jan 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Regular expression question

RegexFilter: I want to strip out all HTML from a string except for approved tags of B and I. [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Dec 13, 2005 - 25 answers

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