My first ECS Piece
I'm like a kid in a candy shop! My first counted cross stitch from ECS has just arrived in the mail! However the graph is so much smaller than the first piece I have just finished I think I will find this very difficult. I'm wondering if I can print out the graph and make it bigger and easier to follow? Any advice please! This is the piece I have chosen.
Posted by: sylviajbow on 02/10/19
That is a VERY pretty design. For something like that I go to a print shop and have them enlarge the pages. If that would make them too difficult to handle, they should be able to make manageable size pages for you to work on. Best wishes and happy stitching! Karen
by: luvtoxstitch on 02/11/19
You could also take it to the UPS store. They could copy and enlarge it for you if you don't have a print shop nearby. You might also be able to scan into your computer to enlarge and print.
by: MarilynYvon on 02/11/19
You should always make a copy of your pattern and color chart. Keeps the original clean.
by: surt8511 on 02/11/19
Like others have suggested, take the graph to a local copy or office shop and ask them to enlarge it. Places like FedEx/Kinkos, Office Depot or Office Max, and Staples are examples of places that would be able to do it for you. You could take it to a local library and use their copier, but a copy business should be able to get it right the first time : )

You can then keep your original chart clean and unmarked (in case you want to do it again in the future) and use colored pencils or highlighter markers on your photocopy to mark which rows or areas have been completed.

There may be copyright laws against making photocopies to resell, but making a photocopy for personal use isn't a problem. Enjoy!
by: MaryC on 02/11/19
This is a lovely pattern! I ordered it myself or maybe its in my wish list. Does anybody have the trouble I do about getting patterns and than not wanting to do them? I have several I am going to give away. I should post the picture maybe.
by: crusin60 on 02/11/19
I'm blind as a bat when it comes to patterns, also, I keep mine clean. I enlarge to 120%, which is great, I can see all the details and symbols. If you have a "All-In-One" printer, you can enlarge by sections.

I color them when I finish a section/color. Then I have a beautiful, clean pattern (original) that I can hand down to my small nieces when they get older. (I'm determined to get them interested in cross stitching).

Good Luck and welcome to "The Family of Cross-Stitchers"
by: jclifford1 on 02/11/19
I scan all of patterns into my computer. I have PDF converter program. It allows me to bring up each page and then enlarge each section. Sometimes I enlarge as much as 400%! (It is not specifically designed for cross stitch.) I can print out each enlarged section or just sit in front of the computer and stitch. I can even cross off areas as I stitch) It is a seriously out of date package. Hubby got it for free when he purchased something at Computer Warehouse four or five years ago. I am sure that there are many new and improved products available now.
by: NANCYE G on 02/11/19
Hey NancyE G: What do you do with the originals? I thought about scanning all my patterns and also the patterns in my magazines, but then what do I do with the original patterns? I thought about putting them on an external hard drive and organizing by subject/theme - then what? I don't want to throw away my patterns and if stored, then why scan it (I guess for preservation). May still do that.
by: jclifford1 on 02/11/19
jclifford1 you file your originals. If you ever have a hard drive failure you will be happy that you still have the original. Even the external hard drives can fail. My husbands did with a lot of his photos. Yikes, that was a bad, bad day.
by: mdstudey on 02/11/19
You are right, mdstudey!
by: jclifford1 on 02/11/19