Chapter 1. Introduction

KXStitch is a program that lets you create cross stitch patterns and charts. Patterns can be created from scratch on a user defined size of grid, which can be enlarged or reduced in size as your pattern progresses. Alternatively you can import images from many graphics formats. When importing images you can restrict the conversion to full stitches or optionally use fractional stitches. You may also use images as backgrounds resizing them to fit in a selected area. These imported images can then be modified using the supplied tools to produce your final design.

There are many tools to aid designing your pattern, from open and filled rectangles and ellipses, filled polygons and lines and backstitching. Additionally cut, copy and paste can be used to duplicate selected areas. Selected areas can also be rotated 90, 180 and 270 degrees anti clockwise, or mirrored horizontally or vertically.

There is also a pattern library that can be used to store small and not so small portions of patterns that can then be reused in other patterns. The patterns in these libraries are stored in a hierarchical list that makes it easy to sort and navigate them to find the ones you want. These pattern libraries can also be used as alphabets by assigning a character to each one. By using the Alphabet tool, each key press is searched for in the current library and if present, the associated library pattern will be inserted in the pattern.

Please report any bugs or feature requests to the KDE Bugtracking System or the KXStitch mailing list