True Geek Love Valentine's Gift!!
Step 1: Supplies
1 - Cross stitch material
2 - Crochet thread
3 - Large eye needle
4 - Embroidery hoop
5 - Square frame
All the stitch counts and size of material depends on the size of frame being used. I found a 10"x10" frame with 7.5"x7.5" opening.
The crochet thread is heavier than embroidery thread so it was faster to fill in the spaces and complete the project.
Step 2: QR Code
1 - install a scan app onto your smartphone that can scan QR codes and also try to sneak the app onto your Valentine's phone.
2 - Google search to find one of many free QR code generators
3 - generate your QR code love note and download it
The downloaded QR code has a white background and I planned on using Excel to help me visually keep track of my stitches. I suppose you could directly transfer/draw the QR code onto the fabric but I didn't want pencil markings to show.
Below I will show how to use either Photoshop or Powerpoint to quickly edit your QR code before placing it into Excel. Also, I suppose there may be software out there to quickly create needlepoint patterns but this is an easy work around for those who don't have it. And I never did needlepoint before this project. So I winged it!
Step 3: Photoshop Edit QR Code Background
1 - open your QR code in Photoshop
2 - select it and copy into the clipboard
3 - open a new Photoshop canvas with the settings:
Background Contents: Transparent
4 - paste in the QR code
5 - use the magic wand to select and delete all the white areas
6 - save your now transparent background QR code as a png format
Step 4: Powerpoint Edit QR Code Background
For people who don't have Photoshop but have access to PowerPoint either at home or at work.
1 - open a new Powerpoint slide
2 - inert QR code
3 - format slide background to change the color to anything but white
4 - select the QR code and go to the Format tab
5 - select Recolor and Set Transparent Color
6 - select the white background to remove it
7 - right-click on your altered QR code and save it as a png format
Step 5: Using Excel to Count the Stitches
1 - Open a blank Excel sheet
2 - insert your QR code with the transparent background
3 - resize the QR code as big as you need it to be for you to see the excel cells as stitch markers
4 - resize the Excel rows and columns to line up to the QR code squares
I made a 4x4 stitch for every square of the QR code.
In the sample QR code shown here it will be 100 x100 stitches when complete.
So I also numbered the Excel Rows and Columns by 4s to see the total number of stitches.
Having this on the computer screen I could make it as large as I needed to see the stitch count and pattern so it was much easier to see than a small print out.
Step 6: Start Stitching
Using the thicker Crochet thread helped to fill in the areas quickly and I didn't need to use a cross stitch either.
I used a simple "half-cross" or diagonal stitch.
Step 7: Fold Edges and Press
Fold the edges to fit within the frame being used and press flat.
Step 8: Frame It!
Frame it and place it somewhere for your Valentine to find.
My Valentine now keeps this on his desk to remind him of his Geek Love!