Dog Portraits, each an accurately detailed re-creation by designer Stephani Hedgepath. 56 of America’s most popular, pedigreed breeds are available for you to choose. Counted cross stitch kits include 14-count Aida cloth, presorted cotton floss, needle, chart and directions. Sizes vary from 8″x10″ to 10″x12″ depending on your selection. Specify breed and color (If appropriate when you order your kit.) Allow three weeks for delivery. Again with the “most popular!” I would adore a cross- stitch design of my breed, but since it’s a least popular (or at least, least numerous) breed, fat chance. If you ever see a cross-stitched or embroidered Flat coated Retriever, please blast a trumpet and hoist a flag!
Same goes for smooth coated Collies! For Christmas, my grandmother wanted to get me one of those sandstone-type statues like you see in the stationary stores. She finally gave up and had one made from Scouts pictures. I must say though – it looks great! As for Cross Stitch Kits – there is a catalog who offers photo conversions. Namely, you send them a picture and they turn it into a cross stitch pattern complete with DMC floss code. I’ll dig through my stack and see if I can find which one it is.
For those interested there is a company call Mary Maxim (1-800-962-9504) that has what is called “Stitch-a-Photo”. You send them a photo of your pet 1-10″ square and they will make a color chart which lists symbols, corresponding DMC floss and the number of skeins of floss needed. Charts are 128×128 stitches. Antique photos can be done in Black & white or sepia tones. what you ought to do is have a photo of your dog converted to a cross-stitch chart. I’ve seen ads for this kind of thing in various needlework magazines; it runs around $20, and I’ve been thinking of having it done with my GSDs, since most GSD pictures are of the mostly-tan-with-black-markings variety and I like the mostly-black-with-light-markings better. Let me know if you try it, or if you’d like me to search around for the most recent ad (seems like I saw one last night, maybe.