Lately I've been playing around with the free trial version of MacStitch 2010 courtesy of Softpedia. I thought I'd share this pattern I designed featuring Firefly's Kaylee in her famous dress from the episode Shindig.
Now, I haven't actually stitched this piece. What you're seeing is the program set to display the pattern as stitches. It also allows you to change the fabric colour and number of thread strands you're using in your stitches, which are pretty nifty features.
I also really like the "replace thread" feature which allows you to select any colour you've used and replace it with any other colour in the DMC palette (or Anchor, or whatever brand of floss you prefer). It's perfect for those moments when you're wondering how someone's hair will look if it was a little darker, or if their shirt would look better in a different colour. My least favourite feature, the eraser. It erases, but it's finicky. If you want to erase backstitches, you have to select the backstitch tool first. Then if you have some cross stitches to erase, it won't erase them unless you select the cross stitch tool first. I'd prefer if it just erased one square of stitching at a time, regardless of what kind of stitches you have in the square. Making corrections would go much faster that way!
That being said, the MacStitch trial is still pretty versatile and a lot of fun to play around with. To my knowledge you can't do blended stitches, which again is fine for small designs like this, but would become frustrating if you were trying to create something more elaborate. To be fair, there may be a way to do blends, I haven't dug too far into the program's help menu yet to see.
And now, without further ado, the pattern card for Kaylee in her Shindig dress. Enjoy, and don't forget my other Firefly cross stitch patterns are available in the My Free Patterns menu on the left.
And just for reference, a picture of the real Kaylee in her dress: