One or the other has probably already followed it on Facebook: we have a new app that enables embroidery in a whole new dimension:
Welcome to Silk: Cross Stitch Patterns
Here you can learn a bit about the history of Silk and our motivation for making our embroidery patterns available digitally. As so often these days, the trigger was the Corona crisis. What many have certainly not yet noticed is that in the course of the lockdown in many countries, there are significant disruptions in the international postal system, and in some cases delivery has even stopped altogether. We could no longer ship anything to the USA, northern Italy, some areas of Austria and the greater Paris area. Many countries overseas can no longer be reached by post. Nevertheless, especially in these times when everyone is sitting at home, the need for creativity and beautiful things to surround yourself with is particularly great! Many of our customers have repeatedly asked for PDFs in order to be able to be supplied at all or to save high postage costs. Since we don't send PDFs of our embroidery patterns out into the world as a matter of principle, the idea of an app that works like an e-book reader, only for embroidery instructions, came up.
And here she is: Silk
Silk actually works like an e-book reader. You choose between the individual templates in our library:
You can easily click on one of the templates - without activating it - to try out the new app with all its functions. All other embroidery instructions can be unlocked with Inner App purchases.
You can now choose between three versions of the embroidery instructions according to your needs: as a colored embroidery pattern, as a combination of color and symbols or only as a symbolic representation. I now prefer the colored embroidery pattern version:
The real highlight is that you can drag the instructions large and small while embroidering. If you embroider a detail, you certainly prefer a large representation, if you have to gain an overview, you can pull the pattern small again with a flick of the wrist. Here you can see the representation a bit larger. Of course it can be even bigger! This makes reading the templates child's play!
Of course we have also thought of other amenities. So that you never again lose sight of the row you are currently embroidering, you can switch on a vertical and a horizontal ruler with one click and move freely over the embroidery instructions:
It is also super practical that you can select the thickness of the linen with one click and the size of the embroidery and the required size of the linen are automatically displayed. In addition, there is the possibility of displaying the color list at any time in Soie d'Alger and in DMC:
All your embroidery instructions are saved under "My Patterns" in the app, you always have access to your embroidery instructions, individual sheets or entire templates that get lost are a thing of the past!
I myself was rather doubtful at the beginning whether such an app is really an improvement. After the first embroidered evening with Silk , I would now say: Never embroider differently again, never again piece together DIN-A 4 pages.
Try out the app and test it yourself. We'd be happy to receive feedback, because there's definitely still something to improve.