Chronicle of a Google Wander


Ohio barn photo turned into stitch pattern…. (Two views.)


It started here: I’m reading Brunonia Barry’s The Lace Reader. I became curious about bobbin lace, the lace Barry refers to, which I’d vaguely heard of, but didn’t know much about. I sought out Wikipedia, not surprisingly.

Then I started musing about the long-ago past, when I did a bit of bargello needlework*. Of course, there’s also a bargello page, too!

Then I started thinking, gee, it’s a natural to have a computer program optimizing needlepoint (etc.) designs.

Of course. A bit more googling, and I even found a free trial version of a program for the Mac, called Stitches. And downloaded it.

Well, I did find a bug or two, but successfully imported a picture and had it allocate colors that could be converted into threads and needlework. Wow! The program says this image is a mere fifty-five colors….

* Proof lies in the four pillows on my couch, presently covered by protective plastic sheeting….


  1. kayak woman says:

    I remember that bargello phase!

  2. kayak woman says:

    And the sock phase. (oops, hit submit too fast the last time.)

  3. Sammy says:

    I never got interested in crocheting (guess I saw too many pieces worked in crappy polyester yarns), but some kind of needlepoint is sounding interesting. (I’m carefully not mentioning uncompleted projects that are tucked here and there in amongst the construction detritus and shambling mounds.)