WinStitch/MacStitch 2014 User Guide V8.x

WinStitch/MacStitch 2014
User Guide V8.x
This document explains all the main functions of the application, plus the bundled Thread Editor utility, and Symbol Editor.
We hope you enjoy many hours using the program!
If you can't find the answer to a query you have within this document, please send us an email using the link at the bottom of
any page.
Jeff & Deb Tullin
Ursa Software
MacStitch 2014 for Mac, and WinStitch 2014 for the PC are new applications designed for making the creation of
counted cross stitch charts easy, quick and fun.
You draw on screen using the mouse, using your selected colors (taken from the DMC, Anchor, Madeira or several other
thread ranges), and build up your design just as you would on graph paper.
For the artistically challenged, you can import scanned photos or clipart, and have the program turn them into ready-to-stitch
designs in minutes, at just the right size.
The printouts are clear and easy to read, especially when you choose to print at the larger symbol sizes. No need run down to
the print shop to get the chart enlarged when you can print it yourself!
The task of creating a chart involves either designing something based upon an idea you have, and using the computer screen
like a sheet of graph paper, or by importing an image from elsewhere (perhaps a photo or piece of clip art)
Once the design is on the screen, you can amend it further: perhaps by adding text, removing background stitches, or adding
half stitches to smooth curved edges.
This manual explains all the main functions of the application, and the bundled Thread Editor utility, and Symbol Editor.
* MacStitch, WinStitch are the same program: in this manual you will see screen grabs taken from any of the versions some buttons and windows may look slightly different on your own screen.
WinStitch/MacStitch 2014 ...................................................................................................................... 1
The Launch Window ........................................................................................................................... 3
The Main Screen ................................................................................................................................. 5
The Palette .......................................................................................................................................... 6
Drawing ............................................................................................................................................. 10
Preferences ....................................................................................................................................... 11
The Main Toolbar .............................................................................................................................. 14
View Style Toolbar ............................................................................................................................ 20
Backstitch Letters .............................................................................................................................. 21
File Menu .......................................................................................................................................... 22
The Edit Menu ................................................................................................................................... 30
The View Menu ................................................................................................................................. 33
Thumbnail View ............................................................................................................................ 38
Import/Export Menu ......................................................................................................................... 43
Creating Your Own Symbols ............................................................................................................. 44
Adding / Amending Threads: The Thread Editor Utility .................................................................... 45
The Launch Window
When the application is first opened, you will see a Quick Launch Window appear, which looks like this:
Here you have easy access to the most common tasks you need from the program.
New Tab:
New... starts a new blank design.
Image Import Wizard allows you to open a photo or clip art and convert to a chart. (see importing)
Open Tab:
Shows the recent files menu showing up to 5 recent files.. click one to re-open the chart.
Sample Charts.. opens the selection of samples
Open… allows you to browse for charts and motifs wherever you have saved them.
Help Tab:
Help opens this document.
Question mark opens a feedback/question form for sending queries to Ursa Software
The Main Screen
The main screen looks like this:
At the very top of the screen you will see a menu (in the menu area on the Mac, or at the top of the design window on the
The program is supplied in 3 levels: Lite, Standard, and Premium.
Some of the features are not available in the Lite edition, and some are only available in the Premium edition.
A table showing the differences can be found on our website.
Below this you will see a toolbar, which consists of a variety of buttons that can be used to select from a range of actions.
Some of these actions represent modes of drawing, some represent viewing styles.
All of the buttons represent something that you will also find in the menus which appear at the top of the screen but the
menus themselves contain many other options. Not all buttons are available in all versions of the program.
Lower, lies a series of buttons which can be used to change the way the design is viewed:
The last buttons on this bar are used to change the zoom size: (the size of the squares you can see on screen.)
Under the main toolbar lies a series of buttons with letters on them: these are used to apply backstitched lettering.
To apply backstitch lettering, click on a letter, and then click on the main grid. Your chosen letter will be placed where you
(While you are clicking, you can press a letter on the keyboard to change the chosen letter as you go along)
The Palette
Here, you can choose the color you are going to add to the design, by clicking on it.
The eraser at the top-most edge represents the cloth.
Choosing this option will place you in ‘erase mode’, where using the mouse will erase stitches instead of adding them, (as if
you were drawing with cloth).
Control-click (or right-clicking on the PC) on any of these colors will produce a popup menu with additional options.
Between the palette and the grid is a bar which you can drag to change the width of the palette. This allows you to see the
numbers and names of the threads.
There are buttons at the bottom of the palette, which allow you to change things about the palette, and the selected thread.
Add a Thread' window.
(2) The palette icon opens a window which lets you add a thread based on a color selector.
(3) Palette/Motifs/Alphabets etc changes the use of the list above
(4) The green colour sample shows the current color: clicking on this switches the palette from full size to a view that
attempts to show all available threads at once,and back again.
(5) The symbol ‘8’ - click here to change the symbol used for this thread.
(6) Changes the number of strands used for this thread
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Motif View/Alphabet View
Using button (3), shown above, you can change the palette to display alphabets / motifs, speciality stitches, or a thumbnail
Simply click on one of these pre-drawn shapes (you will be able to create your own), and you can place it on the design
using the mouse.
You can right click or CTRL-click on these motifs/stitches to delete unwanted ones.
Special Stitches (Premium edition)
These are effectively motif files, but when pasted they will appear in the current colour.
As such, they are a great way to apply hardanger stitches, or motif shapes that you want to keep using, but in a variety of
colours instead of the ones you used when the motif was originally created. The application ships with a number of
backstitch stitches, plus a folder full of chinese symbols to get you started.
New speciality stitches are easily created: Just draw the stitch shape on an empty grid, select the area, and choose ‘Save as
Speciality stitch’ from the pop menu.
Then save your stitch in the specialstitches folder, or into a subfolder like the chinese one (you can create new folders if you
wish), if you want to organise the stitches into groups.
Status Bar
At the bottom of the screen is a status bar which usually shows you details of the thread you are currently using, but which
may show other information sometimes, depending upon what you are doing at the time.
You can quickly change the symbol used for a color, the number of strands, the name or number of the color, and even the
color itself, by clicking one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Here, for instance, is the ‘edit current thread’ dialog which appears if you click on the thread name on the status bar:
And if you click on the current symbol (second icon from the left), or on the symbol from the dialog above, you get the
following dialog , from which you can choose a replacement symbol for the current thread.
Used symbols are pale. The current symbol is highlighted in darker purple.
All drawing is done in the main grid, which is designed to look like a sheet of graph paper in the default view.
Every 10th line is shown in a different color, to help you see how many stitches you are using.
This can be changed to every inch instead of every 10 squares, in the View menu.
Also in the View menu, you can change the colour of the thin and thick lines independently. Here they are light grey and
Cross Stitch designs are based on a square grid, but if you wish to design using a rectangular grid for knitting, there is an
option for that in the View menu too.
(View: Shape/Form : Aran/2 ply/ DK etc)
To change the size of the grid on screen (Zoom), use the button under the toolbar.
To begin drawing: click on one of the colors of the palette.
(The details of this thread will be shown in the status bar: the color you choose becomes the ‘current drawing color’. )
Click the full stitches icon on the toolbar .
Now, using the mouse, you can add stitches of the chosen color into the grid.
To erase stitches:
Select the top-most color in the palette, (shown as an eraser) which is the cloth color, and ‘draw’ using that.
The status bar will change to show that you are in Erase Mode.
Now draw over the stitches you want to erase.
TIP: If you only want to erase one or two stitches, hold the ALT (Windows) or CTRL (Mac) button down while you draw,
and this will erase without changing the current drawing color.
To erase backstitch, beads, french knots or any of the other special stitches, you need to have selected the backstitch, bead,
or french knots (etc) button before erasing
Other drawing types can be selected by choosing the appropriate icon from the toolbar.
The preferences dialog allows you to set program-wide defaults for a variety of choices, which are not expected to change
from chart to chart.
The dialog looks like this (options vary by operating system):
Use Metric Measures
When ticked, the rulers, thread estimates, and page sizes displayed by the program, will appear in Centimetres (SI units)
rather than inches.
Use Normal Open Dialog
This makes the program use standard File Open dialog instead of the version with a preview of the chart. You may need to
use the normal dialog to access unusual file locations.
Allow REDO after UNDO
If this is ticked, then the program will store away a file called REDO.chart when UNDO is chosen. This allows an UNDO
operation to be reversed. If unticked, the REDO menu option will be unavailable.
Save charts in old format
This option will rarely be used: it forces the program to save charts which are backward compatible with X-Stitch Studio or
early MacStitch versions. The old format takes up more space than the current one, and can not include beads, text fields,
buttons and other recent features. This is only of use for sending a .CHART file to someone with an old version of our
Show Centres of Motif when pasting
When this option is ticked, the centre of a motif will be shown with cross–hair lines , to allow you to line the motif up with
specific places on the chart.
Stop on First Click After Paste...
If this is ticked, then when you PASTE an item, or FILL an area, the program reverts to full stitches mode. If this is unticked,
the program will continue to paste until you click another toolbar button.
Print with an overlap
If this is ticked, then the printed chart will have an area of 5 stitches repeated on the next sheet. This is to allow you to stick
pages together, or for reference when stitching.
Backstitch prints as black/grey
By default, backstitch will print in the thread color, if you have a color printer.
Obviously, it will print in shades of grey on a black and white printer.
If this option is ticked, then backstitch will also print as black/grey on a color printer.
Print Centre Marks
If this option is ticked, small marks will appear around the design when printed, on the lines that represent the exact centre of
the design.
Default Strands
If you normally work with 1 strand rather than 2, set this to 1, and the program will use 1 strand by default whenever you
add a thread to the palette.
Backstitch Thickness
This allows you to set the comparative thickness of the backstitch lines when printed. If the lines are too thin, reduce the
number shown.
Thread Estimation Factor
The program has built-in values for how much thread will be used for each stitch. These values take account of the holesper-inch setting of the cloth. If you find the program’s estimate of thread usage varies from your own, you can vary the
estimation factor here by dragging the slider left or right a little and checking the output
Help File always in English
The program will try to detect the language settings in use, and if a manual exists for the chosen language, it will be
displayed. Some people using machines set to another language prefer to see the English documentation instead. Ticking this
box allows that.
(PDF) Outline special stitches
The ‘special stitches’ (3 x 2, 3 x 3, petit point) will normally be shown on the PDF output with a thin border because they
could be placed over an existing normal stitch, and the outline will show them more clearly.
Untick this box if you want no special outline.
Chart Folder
Normally, you should save your charts in Documents/Macstitch
If you select another folder here, the program will open in your chosen folder when you go to save.
If you want to have a logo (a picture representing your business) embedded on the chart, set the path to the picture here.
You can select and area and ‘Insert Logo’ when creating your chart.
Chart Icon (Mac)
Each individual chart can have a unique icon on the Mac.
This option lets you choose what that icon will be: either the whole chart, only the visible part at the time you save, or a
standard MacStitch file icon.
Recover File From Archive..
(In the Application menu on Mac)
Every time you save a chart, the application makes a zipped copy in your documents folder as a backup.
Should you ever mislay a chart, or lose your work by accident, a copy of the chart should be available inside the zip archive.
To make it easy to get an old file or version back, use this option.
It will search all archives it can find in your documents folder, and display a list of names, sorted by date.
(The number if a way of ensuring that charts of the same name from different dates are all preserved. In this way, you can
see and recover versions of charts that have ben developed over weeks)
Click ‘Open’ to recover the chart. Remember to save it with a new name after recovery.
The Main Toolbar
Full stitches
Adds or erases a single full cross from the design in the current drawing color.
This option lets you draw with several stitches at a time, rather like using a thicker paintbrush.
There are 3 thickness settings, available from the drop down menu.
Half stitches
Adds a half (sometimes known as 1/4 or 3/4 stitch) to the design using the current drawing color.
To draw backstitch,/outlining, choose this icon. Then, click on the grid. Without letting go of the mouse button, drag the
mouse to another point, and release the button. A line of backstitch will be added to the design in the current drawing color.
Quarter Stitches (Petit Point)
These special stitches can be placed in any corner of the square, and allow you to have up to 4 colors per square.
They are added and removed in the same way as Beads and French Knots (below)
Although Stitch 2012/3 charts can be opened by people using Stitch 2008/2009 , the horizontal, vertical, and quarter stitches
will appear as beads on their machines, so be careful about sending CHART files to other people unless you know they are
For distributing charts your best option is to ship PDF files.
Horizontal/Vertical Half Stitch, and Hardanger Shapes
This icon has a small arrow, which gives an additional popup menu.
From here, you can choose one of a number of 'special stitch' icons.
These include half stitches (both vertical and horizontal), large stitches over 3 x2, 2x3, 2x2 and 3x3
(The 2x2 option is the same size and shape as a normal full cross, but is placed out of line with the normal design.
Historically, these special stitches were sometimes used for creative effect, and sometimes to adjust for uneven cloth)
All these stitches are placed by clicking where the top left corner should be: think of them like oversized petit points.
KEY: allows you to place a single symbol and description into the chart itself.
Using several keys, placed one under the next, you can put a simple key in the body of the design instead of as a separate
printout page.
You may choose one of a number of built-in hardanger shapes.
These options effectively use a set of backstitches to produce pre-set shapes.
And finally, you could choose the Ovals of Backstitch option.
Choose this, then use the mouse to drag out an oval shape in the main grid.
When you release the mouse button, an oval made up of backstitching will be drawn in the current drawing color.
Choosing this option will allow you to add beads of the current color to the design.
Beads can be placed at any corner of a grid square, at the centre, or at any edge.
This allows you to place a bead at any of 9 points in a square.
Like stitches, these can be erased by using CTRL or ALT (or right mouse button on the PC). Hold SHIFT to force beads to
be laid out in brick pattern.
From 2012 onwards, these beads can either be the beads which are the same size as stitches. (As in all versions earlier than
2012) Or they can be beads of actual , and much larger sizes, such as 6, 8, 10 and 12mm beads.
These beads will appear differently on different types of cloth.
For example, a 1/2inch bead will cover 7 squares if you are using 14hpi Aida
But it will only cover 5 squares if you are using 10 holes per inch tapestry canvas.
French Knots
These are drawn and removed in exactly the same way as beads, and may be placed in the same 9 possible positions.
These are drawn and removed in exactly the same way as beads, and may be placed in the same 9 possible positions.
However, the colors used for buttons are not related to thread manufacturers ranges such as DMC or Anchor.
When you select buttons from the menu, the palette will change to show a range of 147 'standard' colors which can be used
as a guide to the button color.
This option has a popup menu that allows you choose between ovals, and rectangles, which may be hollow or solid, or made
up of beads.
To add one of these shapes, select your option, click the main grid, hold the mouse button down, drag the mouse to the
opposite corner of the shape, and let go.
The shape will be drawn in the area you selected.
Straight Lines of Full Stitches
This option allows you to draw lines formed of full stitches.
Like rectangles, you click on the grid, drag the mouse to the end position, and let go.
A line of stitches will be drawn from the start point to the end point.
The Text button takes you to a new dialog, where you can enter whole words, and select from your available fonts.
The results are turned into a motif, which you can paste, exactly as you would after copying an area.
If you tick the 'petit point' option, the text will be represented using petit point (or quarter stitches). This means that you may
need to choose a larger text size.
Flood Fill
Use this to change a solid block of color on screen into another color.
Select the new color from the palette. Click this icon.
Then use the mouse and click on the block of color on screen you wish to change.
In this way, you can (for instance) turn a red apple into a green one.
You can flood fill a hollow area, like a hollow circle.
Please ensure that the area you wish to fill is completely enclosed.
Automatic Outlining
Use this icon to automatically surround a block of color by backstitch. Select your outline color from the palette. Click this
icon. Click in a block of color on the design area. The outside edge of the shape will be outlined in the new color.
Automatic Halfstitch
Use this tool to automatically smooth the edges of an existing shape. For instance if you draw a round shape to represent an
apple, then use this option, wherever there is a blocky edge, the program will add a half stitch to make the edge less severe.
Eye Dropper
Use this tool to select a previously used color from the design.
Click this icon, then position the mouse over a stitch of the color you want to use, and click.
The color you selected will be set as the current drawing color, and shown as such in the palette. This feature can also be
used to select the color used by a quarter stitch, half stitch,special stitches, french knots, or bead.
Select An Area
Use the mouse to surround an area of the chart.
Once an area has been selected, it will be displayed with a flashing border.
You can then go to the Edit menu and choose to copy, cut, rotate, or one of a number of other actions with the chosen area.
As soon as an area is selected, the program will display a popup menu from which a number of area-related actions can be
chosen without having to go to the edit menu first.
If you add a Text box, (this will only appear if the selected area is big enough to accept text), you can type a short note
which will become part of the chart.
Or, for a larger area, you can 'Show Chart Comments Here' /Add Copyright Here which will display the comments held in
the File/Properties menu item.
'Show Logo in this area' allows you to insert a picture to represent your business. This logo image can be set up in the
preferences screen.
The area that you select is also copied to the clipboard as a picture , if possible.
This would allow you to paste that picture into another document.
The Lasso tool allows you to select a non-rectangular area. Then you can apply the same actions to the selected area as you
could with a rectangular area.
Finally, if you hold CTRL while you select a flip or rotate menu item, the selected area is removed.
So, to turn << into >> you hold down CTRL
To use << , flip it left to right, and so create <<>> you do not hold CTRL
Use this icon to paste a previously copied or cut area into the design window. Once this has been clicked, an outline of the
item to be pasted a motif will move around under the control of the mouse. Click when the motif is positioned where you
want it.
There is an option in the preferences dialog to determine whether the pasting should continue, or whether the pasting should
stop and revert to full stitches mode.
It is possible to place the pasted motif half-way between stitches, so that quarter stitches in the left corner can be
pasted in the right corner.
To make this possible, press the SHIFT button while you move the shape around with the mouse. “Normal” stitches will be
converted to special stitches if required when you paste.
If you make a mistake, click this icon to undo the last change you made.
There are up to 3 undo levels available.
It is a good idea to save as you work.
Use Autosave in the preferences menu for a handy way of making this happen automatically.
This icon will present you with a small window showing a thumbnail view of the whole design.
If you click on the thumbnail, you will be taken to that part of the design in the main grid.
View Style Toolbar
Using these buttons, you can switch between block and symbol views of the design.
The 'stitches' view will normally show as cross stitches, but if you change the shape of the grid to be rectangular for knitting,
the cloth and the stitches will change to show a representation of stocking stitch.
Color Block:
Black Symbols:
Symbols on Color:
Virtual Stitches
Virtual Stitches while using ‘Aran’ knitting shape. (rectangular grid)
Backstitch Letters
For backstitch letters, there is a row of small buttons under the toolbar.
These produce single letters or numbers of backstitch when clicked upon -the chosen letter appears as a motif under the
control of the mouse.
When you click the mouse, your chosen letter is pasted in the current drawing color.
To change the style of letters, click the style button, and you can choose from 4 built-in alphabet styles, and between upper
and lower case.
One useful feature allows to you select the letter from the keyboard.
If you want to enter the word APPLE, choose A from the toolbar, and click to place it.
Then press P on the keyboard : the motif will change to a letter P, and you can place this twice.
Now press L on the keyboard, and so on.
File Menu
Most of the application’s file operations (Open/Save/Import/Export) are performed through the File Menu.
Here, you can open, save, and create new charts, and output the results in a variety of ways.
This option displays the ‘Open File’ dialog, and can be used to open charts that have been previously saved.
(You can open charts created using Stitch 2012 / 2009 / 2008, MacStitch 1 through 3.5, Cross Stitch Studio for Windows,
Stitch Simplicity for Windows, and Cross Stitch Made Simple.
You can also open a MOTIF file as a new chart)
This new dialog shows you a preview of the chart before you load it.
(If you prefer to use a normal file open dialog, you can change the dialog in the Edit/Preferences screen.
On files created by MacStitch 2012 only, the icons shown in Finder will contain a preview of the chart )
This option hides the preview area.
The trash can icon lets you delete files from disc too.
Open Recent...
This option displays a list showing up to the last 6 charts that have been saved in Stitch 2012
Thumbnail views are also shown, so that you can see at a glance which chart is which.
(previews display at different sizes on different operating systems: this screenshot is from a Mac)
Simply click on the picture to load the design.
This option prompts you for the dimensions of a new chart.
(You can have up to 4 charts open on screen at the same time)
Choose the HPI (Holes per inch) that matches the cloth you intend to work on.
Then, slide the width and height sliders until the view on the right hand side of the dialog shows the size you need, and click
If you want to have a border around your design area, choose the 'Add a border' option, and choose a border from the
available list.
There are a few built-in borders, and you can create new borders of your own, which will appear in this list later.
New Border
Using the new border option, you can create new borders of your own design.
A border is a special kind of chart, where you design the corners and edges of a pattern.
This dialog lets you say how large the components are.
In the example shown, all the parts are 20 stitches wide or high.
When you use a border designed this way, the corners of the design are the corner areas of the border.
The middle sections are repeated many times to fill up the space.
The boundaries of these areas are shown using blue lines when you are editing the border in the main window.
New Alphabet
Using the new alphabet option, you can create new alphabets for use in the alphabet palette previously discussed. An
alphabet is a set of up to 36 motifs, which you can create in a special grid for the purpose.
When you select this option, you need to decide how big the individual letters will be.
Here, we choose a 10 x 10 area for the letters.
A new design window appears, with the normal grid overlaid by an extra grid showing where each letter should be created.
Keep each letter inside the guidelines.
You do not have to create all the possible letters.
When you are finished, click SAVE and the alphabet will be saved in two forms: a .chart file , and a set of motifs. These files
are created in the documents folder, under the alphabets sub folder. You can re-open the alphabet chart and resave it: as long
as the chart is inside the alphabets folder, the motifs will be automatically created. If the chart is moved elsewhere, it is saved
as an ordinary chart only.
New Knit Layout
For knitters, a set of a common symbols has been developed to represent different stitch types. This is different from the
concept of using a symbol to mean a color in cross stitching.
If you choose to start a new knit layout, the palette will contain a set of symbols which relate to stitch types, and all the
'colors' are black. (But can be changed)
The palette looks like this:
When designing in knit layouts, not all of the toolbar items are visible. (For instance half and quarter stitches make no sense
and will be unavailable)
For stitches such as 2/1 RPC S1 to cn, hold to back, the symbol is expected to occupy more than one stitch space. This is
done by using the 3 x2 stitch in the hardanger menu.
This option will close the design. If there are unsaved changes, you will be prompted to save these before the window closes.
On Windows, if this is the last window, the whole program will be closed.
On the Mac, the menu bars will remain visible.
Save / Save As:
Plus 'Save As Read Only': (For selling patterns)
These menu options allow you to save the design for later use.
You will be presented with a standard File Save dialog, with which you can save the design.
Stitch 2012 designs have names which end with .chart
(Note: This is the same naming convention as older versions of MacStitch and X-Stitch Studio, but Stitch 2012 files can not
be opened by these older programs.
There is an option in the Edit/Preferences menu dialog which will try to cause the charts to be saved in the older format, if
you want to send charts to friends who have one of these older programs. However, if you make use of features that are only
in Stitch 2012,such as >90 colors, special stitches, or read-only files, this will not be possible.)
Read Only: (Premium version only)
If you wish to share your design with other people, or sell your design, but do not want anyone to be able to make changes to
it, you could use the 'Save as Read Only' option .
But remember to keep a copy which is NOT read-only for yourself..
To use your design , your customer will need to download our free pattern viewer software from , or
be a user of Stitch 2012.
For wider usage, you should consider using the Export to PDF option from the file menu.
Save a chart for the iPad app ‘Cross Stitch 2 Go’ (Version 7.3 onwards)
Cross Stitch 2 Go is our iPad app. Its much simpler than the desktop program, but is a handy way to create motifs and small
designs on the move, and is also a great way to stitch your work, using the iPad screen instead of sheets of paper.
If you want to save your work for Cross Stitch 2 Go, it must be
200 x 200 stitches or smaller
with no more than 40 colours.
Also, because the backstitch method is simpler, you won’t keep point to point backstitch, beads, buttons or knots.
Like saving an ordinary chart, you will be presented with a standard File Save dialog, with which you can save the design.
Cross Stitch 2 Go designs have names which end with .cht
So save your design with a name ending in .CHT and the program will know you intend to export to Cross Stitch 2 Go.
You can add comments,title, and copyright information to your design in this screen.
These comments will appear in the Open File dialog if you choose you see previews.
The comments can be placed onto your design using the 'Show Comments Here' option that you see when you select an area
of the grid.
Page Setup...
This option displays the program’s print settings dialog, and the printer’s page setup dialog
Thread Sorter...
This creates a series of pages listing the colours from your current chart.
Print this to sheets of cardboard, and punch holes next to the thread names, for use as a thread sorter.
The output looks like this:
Print/Print Selection
This option first displays the program’s print settings dialog, (select your page size and click OK)
...and then prints the chart.
If you chose the ‘print selection’ option, then only the selected area will be printed.
The following dialog will be displayed:
Close the window without printing.
Page Setup:
Change the printer or the page size.
Export (PNG) :
Save all the (full sized) pages currently displayed in the thumbnail
list to a location of your choice, as PNG files.
(These may be used in web pages or emailed as a read-only copy of
the chart)
Export (PDF) :
This creates a PDF version of the chart by embedding all the pages
currently displayed into a single PDF file.
Note that this file has a lower quality than the Export To PDF option
the file menu, but is quicker to produce.
Prints all pages
Print Page:
Prints only the page displayed in full.
Full Size/Small :
Switches between a small and large view of the preview.
This sets the actual size of the symbols on the paper.
The bigger the size, the fewer symbols per page (and therefore more
Color Blocks etc:
How you want the chart displayed
Print Chart:
Do you want the chart printed?
Print Key:
Would you like a key to the symbols?
Prints with Overlap:
5 stitches are repeated on each page, with a grey overlay.
Centre Marks:
The centre lines of the design are marked with an arrow
Rulers show:
Switches between a row count and a size in inches/cm
Words to be printed on every page. May be blank.
Print Page#:
If you want a page number displayed, check this box.
The Edit Menu
Most of the options in the Edit menu rely upon you having selected an area of the chart, and/or having copied an area of the
chart into the clipboard.
Many of these items appear as a popup menu as soon as you select an area using the mouse.
This option undoes the last action you performed in the design.
It is the same as clicking the Undo button on the toolbar.
The program allows up to 3 undo actions.
This option is only available if you have used Undo, and if the preferences are set to allow Redo. (See the preferences
Effectively it undoes an undo operation. (this is achieved by creating a Redo.chart file before an undo occurs. Redo is simply
loading that chart back in. Having Redo turned on is an easy way of having a safety net in case of a computer crash)
As normal, this copies the selected area into the clipboard, and then deletes the selected area from the chart.
This copies the selected area into the clipboard, but leaves the original selected area untouched.
A copy of the selected area is also put into your computer's clipboard in case you want to paste the picture somewhere.
Flip/ Rotate this area
The selected area is copied to the clipboard.
The clipboard contents are flipped or rotated according to which menu item you choose.
Then you are placed in PASTE mode, to allow you to paste the results back into the design.
Rotate chart 90 degrees
The whole chart is rotated by 90 degrees, saving you from having to select the whole area first.
Erase BackStitch/ French Knots from this area
Although backstitch and French knots/beads can be removed by clicking while holding the CTRL or ALT button down, this
option allows you to empty a selected area of these types of stitches with a single menu click.
This option also erases the new quarter special stitches.
To do the same thing for normal stitches, draw a rectangle over the area while holding down CTRL / ALT, or while the
current drawing color is set to Cloth. (Erase Mode)
Load a Motif to clipboard
This allows you to open up previously saved motifs (small areas of design) for use in the current design. For instance, you
may open a previously saved flower motif and paste it several times in your new design.
A browser window appears, from which you can select an existing motif.
Motifs live in the motifs folder, split into categories. (You can create your own folders there if you wish to add new
Select the category you are interested in, then the motif you want to use.
Click Open to open the motif.
Once loaded, the program will place you in PASTE mode, to allow you to paste the motif into your design.
Although the new motif browser which is available on the main screen is more flexible, this screen offers two extra features:
Use Current Color lets you force all stitches to be the current color.
And the trash can allows you to delete motifs.
Save Selected Area as a Motif
You can save a copied area to disk as a motif.
(Note that although the menu item says ‘clipboard’, this only refers to data copied from the Stitch 2013 program. Text and
picture data copied into the clipboard by other programs will not be recognised here.)
Select a subfolder from the available ones or create a new one, then enter a name for your chosen motif, then click Save.
Important Note for upgraders:
You may to copy your existing motifs into one of these folders in order for it to appear as a selectable motif
Change Design Area
This option allows you to change the size of the cloth on which you are designing. You can increase or decrease the size
using the same selector as you use when starting a new design.
When resizing, you will be asked if you want to resize the design also.
If you answer yes, then the design will gain or lose stitches to make it suit the new cloth size: so reducing the area and
resizing will make the number of stitches and the finished work smaller.
If you answer ‘No’ then the cloth size will be changed, but the design will be left alone. This may mean that parts of a large
design are lost when you reduce the cloth size, if the new size is smaller than the stitched area.
Auto Centre
As you design, your stitched area may not lie in the centre of the cloth.
Using auto centre, you can automatically move the stitched area to the middle of the cloth area, leaving an even amount of
blank cloth around the edges.
You may find it useful to increase the design area before using this option.
4-Way Symmetry
A handy way of creating symmetrical patterns. You design only one quarter of the area, then use this option to reproduce the
top left corner of the design area in the other 3 corners.
Shrink to Fit
This option removes the unused cloth around your design.
Due to many requests, the print options in Stitch 2013 now print the whole chart area, which allows you to leave a border of
unstitched material around the design..
If you do not want the waste material shown, you should use this option just before printing your finished design.
Move to Top Left
Almost the opposite of Auto Centre, this option shifts your stitched work to the left and top of the cloth area, leaving all the
blank cloth at the right and bottom.
This would normally be done before reducing the cloth area in size if you wanted to avoid losing part of the design.
Adjust size for Knitting
Knitting stitches are flatter than cross stitches.
If you knit a cross stitch chart, it will make circles look like flat ovals, for instance.
This option avoids that problem by adding duplicate rows to the design, making it look
taller on screen.
When knitted, however, the final shape will be correct.
So, if you have drawn a circle on screen and use this option, your circle will gain rows and become a tall oval. When knitted,
the tall oval will be flattened into a circular shape of knitting.
A dialog will ask you for your knitting tension, expressed as the number of stitches across and down a knitted square.
Typically, for every 10 knitted stitches across, you will knit 16 stitches down ― a ratio of 1:1.6
Because Stitch 2014 supports rectangular grids, you may wish to use this option to take a normal cross stitch design and
stretch it before switching to rectangular view to continue working on it.
The View Menu
Allows you to set the style of cloth you will work on.
Allows you to use non-rectangular grid for knitting designs.
Cloth Color:
Allows you to change the color of the cloth.
If you are working or view in stitches mode, the stitches will change to
resemble stocking stitches.
Changes the size of the grid on screen.
Onion Skin:
See below
Thin/Thick Grid Color:
Changes the color of the grid on screen.
Grid Visible:
Turns the grid on or off on screen.
Backstitch Visible:
Hides backstitch on screen.. this can speed up the program if there is a lot of
Thick Lines Every:
Sets the thick lines every 10 stitches, or every inch
Rulers Show:
Allows you to choose between inches or stitch count on screen.
Thumbnail View:
See Navigator (below)
Framed View:
See Framed View (below)
This opens the folder where you would normally save your charts.
Onion Skin
This feature allows you to place a picture or photograph as the background of your work area.
It does not convert the image to a chart (See : Importing an Image)
Instead, it allows you to draw stitches and lines over an image, by hand.
When you are finished drawing, you remove the background by selecting ‘Cancel’ and only your work remains
Framed View
This feature allows you to see the 'finished design' in a view that places borders and picture frames around it, to help you
visualize how the framed work will appear on your wall.
You can experiment with the Frame styles, mount colors, and sizes.
Mounts can be rectangular or oval.
In the Frame section of the toolbar, click on the style option, and you can choose from approximately 14 styles of frame,
including a variety of wood and metal styles.
The scrollbar below that lets you change the frame width.
This button allows you to tint the frame by adding or removing red, green or blue from it, if you wish to tweak the
shading. When used with mounts, it lets you choose the mount colour.
Switches between rectangular and oval mounts.
You can have up to 2 borders within the frame. Click on the color in the style section to change the border colors, and use
the scroll bar to change the widths.
The buttons at the bottom let you copy the result or print it.
It is possible to create your own frames:
Use the view/application data menu option to see the folder that holds the support files.
In there, look for MacStitch or WinStitch, and within that, the folder called ‘Frames’
Each frame has a folder.
Inside the folder is either a set of PNG files names tl,top, tr, left, right etc. (these form rectangular frames)
or a file called whole.png and one called whole_mask.png
The ‘whole’ files are used to provide round or shaped frames.
The whole.png file has the main picture. The whole_mask.png is a black and white image, where the black area matches
parts of the original that you want to see, and the white area matches parts which should be transparent.
Thumbnail View
This calls up the navigator window, where you can click on an area to quickly jump to it.
You can have this view permanently on screen by using the version which lives in the palette area.
Click on the Palette option, and choose Thumbnail View.
Like the window version, you can click anywhere on the thumbnail to move to that point in the chart.
The Palette Menu
The palette menu contains options for changing the palette of threads you are using in a particular design. It does not affect
the program’s supplied list of threads
Many of these menu options are also displayed if you right-click or control-click on any color in the palette.
You can change the size of the rows of data in the palette, to allow more colours to be seen at once.
(And for really small rows showing all the threads at once, you can click on the color button at the bottom left hand corner of
the window.)
Edit Current Thread
This option is available only when a thread color is selected in the palette.
It will bring up a dialog that allows you to amend :
Thread Number
Thread Name
Thread Comments
Number of Strands
Alternate Color (Color Symbol Color)
Note that changes made here only affect this chart : Names and numbers of this thread will not affect other saved designs.
To change text, click in the relevant box and overtype the values.
This option now accepts most accented characters, such as those used in French.
The color of the thread when used in this design, can be changed by clicking on the color block.
Color Symbol Color
When printing in color symbol mode, pale colors may be difficult to see. The Color Symbol Color option allows you to
change the color that will be printed when using this mode. Click on the color to amend it.
Another use for this is to make the printing use pale colors to prevent unwanted photocopying of a design.
Flash Stitches of the Active Thread
If you choose this option, any stitches using the current drawing color will flash alternately black and white on screen,
allowing you to see at a glance where a particular color has been used.
Add a Thread
The palette has a maximum number of thread colors, which is 255. If there are currently less than 255 colors in the palette,
you will be able to select this item from the menus. The following dialog will be displayed:
Here, you can scroll up and down a manufacturers’ range of threads.
Click on a thread, click , or double click, and it will be added to the palette.
You can select many items in the list at once, and add to the palette in bulk.
Use the
button to reset the palette to your start position.
Click Save when you have finished adding threads, and they will be added to the chart you were working on.
If you type a word or number into the 'find' box, the list will show items containing the text you type.
You can choose a range by selecting a range from the combo box labelled ‘Thread Family’
Other options include DMC, Madeira, wools, and more.
Many more thread families can be obtained from our friends at
ReOrder the Palette
After some threads have been added to the palette, the order in which the colors appear may not follow a logical sequence.
You can use this option to re-order the palette into something more useful.
The following dialog is displayed:
You can sort the view by clicking on any column heading, and thus sort by usage, number, name, brightness, color, and so
In addition, you can drag and drop rows into any order you want.
When you close the dialog using OK, your chosen order will be applied to the current chart.
Replace Active Thread With...
Using this option, you can quickly exchange a color in the palette by another thread chosen from a list. The palette and
screen will refresh to show the changes.
Remove Active Thread from the Palette
All stitches that use this color will be removed from the chart. The thread will be removed from the palette completely. The
chart is then redrawn.
Remove All Unused Threads from the Palette
All threads that are not in use in this design will be removed from the palette completely.
The chart is then redrawn.
Remove All Stitches of Active Thread
This option removes all stitches from the design that use the current drawing color. The thread remains in the palette for later
Search and Replace
This option allows you to find stitches of one color, and replace all these stitches with another color.
(To replace a color by cloth, use ‘Remove All Stitches of Active Thread’)
The following dialog is displayed:
Alternate Symbol Color...
Make All Alternate Colors be White /
Reset To Original Thread Color
As you have seen from the Edit Current Thread option, each thread actually has two possible colors. The second is used
when printing color symbols, and is normally used to make pale colors easier to see on paper, by printing in a different color.
Some customers requested a way to print ONLY one or two of the colors from a design at a time.
You can do this by manipulating the alternate colors. For example, to print ONLY the red stitches, use ‘Make All Alternate
Colors be White’. Then Make the alternate color for the red stitches be some other color , or black. Print the chart in color
symbol view, and only the red stitches will appear on paper.
You can use the ‘Reset to Original Thread Color’ to set things back to normal.
This shows you how much of each color has been used.
Save Current Palette as Default
Literally saves the current palette with the name ‘default.palette’.
This palette will then be used for every new design you begin.
Save Current Palette As..
Saves the current palette with a name you specify. Palettes must have a name with an extension of ‘.palette’ if the program is
to recognise them in the future.
Load a Palette
This is only available before design work begins, as loading a new palette while a design is visible would (at best) make the
design colors all go wrong.
Convert Design Into...
This option allows you to remap the threads in the current chart, to those from another manufacturer’s range.
The mapping is not done on the basis of published conversion charts, but is based upon comparing the actual color
definitions in the threads files.
Import/Export Menu
Here, you can import and output the results in a variety of ways.
Import a picture/ Import from clipboard
See Image Import
Open PC Stitch Files...
WIth this option, you can open .PAT files created using PC Stitch versions 4,5,6, and 7 which you have downloaded from
the internet.
Export (PDF)
See Export PDF
Export Using Myriacross
In the Windows edition, an optional plugin by Myriacross can be used to let you save your work for use with other cross
stitch programs, and even embroidery machines.
Choose your file type from the file save menu, and give the output file a name suitable for your needs.
(eg name.VP3, name.PAT etc)
Myriacross plugin is an optional add-in which is not part of the WinStitch program itself.
Output as Tunisian Crochet...
Tunisian crochet is a form of embroidery involving stitching over and into existing crochet work.
Unlike cross stitch, the stitches are not exact squares in shape, but instead slightly taller than they are wide.
Charts for these designs are output as a list of instructions, rather than a symbol chart.
This dialog allows you to output such as design, and can compensate for the off-square shape of crochet stitches if you wish.
The compensation can be either by removing a rows or two from the design, or adding extra columns.
(If you have been designing and viewing using the new feature which uses rectangular grids, you may not need to adjust at
The instructions can be left to right, right to left, or an alternation of these.
Each stitch can be identified by the thread number, or name, or its place in the palette.
Creating Your Own Symbols
(Help Menu /Symbol Editor)
The selection of symbols has been recommended and chosen by our users over several years: normally there is no need to
enter this screen.
Importantly, this is not the place to assign a triangle symbol to a red colour. (Just click the symbol on the status bar to do
The 255 symbols used by the program are stored in a file called ‘symbols.png’
This file is a picture, and could be freely edited using any image editor you own.
Each Symbol occupies an area of 64 x 64 pixels, and is drawn as pure black on a pure white background.
If you want to amend the symbols, we recommend you make a copy of this file before you begin , in case you make changes
you regret.
In the help menu, you will find an option for 'Symbol Editor'
This allows you to amend any or all of the symbols, to be any design you wish.
You will see that this is a modified form of the normal edit screen.
Click the symbol button to choose the symbol you want to amend.
Now, you can draw in this grid using the same tools as normal.
When you have finished editing, close the window, and you will be offered the chance to save the changes permanently.
If you do not want to affect the default symbols, do not choose 'Save'
If you want to reset the symbols back to the ones we supplied, used the triangle icon shown here, then remember to save
when you close the window.
Adding / Amending Threads: The Thread Editor Utility
In the help menu you will find an option to amend for ‘Thread Editor’
Important: The changes you make here will affect the range of threads available for every new chart you create in the
Do not be tempted to add metallic threads into a normal range of silks, because this will cause metallics to be considered as
possible threads when importing photos.
If you want a completely NEW range of threads, look in the threads folder in the application data folder (use the view menu
for a quick way to see this), and duplicate an existing .THREADS file with a new name.
Then edit the copy.
The main dialog looks like this:
Choose the manufacturer’s range from the combo box at the top of the screen.
Scroll up or down the list to see the threads.
Click + to add a new one.
Click - to remove an existing one.
While you have a thread selected, you can affect the color by clicking on the colour block.
You can change the Name , and you can change the Number.
When you have finished making changes, choose ‘Save’ to save the changes, or ‘Close’ to discard your changes.