Welcome Stormageddon

UPDATE: Click here for the conclusion of this project which includes floss listings and some helpful hints from me!

It's official that I'm nesting now that we are mid third trimester waiting on Amelia!  The downside of this geek nesting is that I'm also amassing a huge crafty to do list in addition to the more traditional cleaning list.

The artistic to do I attacked today was something to go on Amelia's door so that when it was shut, there was something cute hanging on the door.  Some people do the child's name, but not me!  I knew I wanted to do a cross stitch because my fingers have been itching for a new project; that's when I saw this:

I loved it, but after sleeping on it for a day, I realized that I wanting something more personal.  Something based more in my fandom.  I immediately thought of the Doctor Who episode where we learn that he can speak baby, and this was born from that idea:

Now, I've been wanting to learn to create cross stitch patterns on my own, and I used this as the perfect opportunity.  By using Excel, I was able to create this cross stitch pattern all on my own.  Here's how to use Excel for your next cross stitch creation.

(1) Open Excel to a blank worksheet.  (2) Highlight a large number of columns by holding down the left mouse to highlight.  (3) Release the left mouse button and, without moving your cursor, click the right mouse button.  (4) Select Column Height from the menu options.  Change all columns to 1. This will give you tons of tiny columns which result in your small boxes that your typically see in cross stitch patterns.  I had my rows set to 15 so that I could still see what I was doing as I filled in the pattern.

To fill in the pattern, simply select what you'd like to design and fill in the squares one at a time.  I found a font image online that I liked and copied directly from the chart below:

What's great about the internet is that you could probably find exactly what you wanted in terms of image and font to copy into Excel.  It is a bit time consuming, but totally worth it!

After you've created your design, it's important you make sure that the letters are the same width apart (for me it was two boxes) and that your design is centered.  I added a horizontal and vertical red line to indicate the center of the pattern as I always start at the center and work outwards.  I will say that centering the pattern took more concentration than designing it!

Check back in a few week and I'll let you know what size this ended up being and if I had to make any major adjustments.  Do you want a copy of the final pattern?  Click here for the current pattern. This will take you to Exquisitely Geek's Dropbox!  Until next time...

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