The idea for this site started in Thanksgiving 2008, when my sister complained that the photo cross stitching software on the web was way too expensive. She liked the guide published in Craft magazine (vol. 07), but found that reading the pattern produced by the guide was somewhat difficult to read, as was figuring out which thread colors to match to the colors in the image. So as a present to my sister, I decided to make a web site that would take care of those pesky details, automate the process as much as possible, produce nice results, and most importantly, be free for anyone to use.

In a fortuitous coincidence, a short while later I received an invitation to test Google App Engine, which provides a platform to host web applications. Over winter break, I set out with gusto to develop this web site. Along the way my brother, sister, and parents helped test, debug, and improve the site, and I can't thank them enough for their efforts.

About me: I'm currently a graduate student studying computer science, and am generally interested in the interaction of technology and art, language, and other human endeavors. However, while I know about programming, everything I know about cross stitching was picked up by examples I came across on the web. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please let me know.