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Cross stitch pattern custom made for you. Please read this entire listing before you order.

---The Story---

This is NOT a finished cross stitch. If you would like a custom finished cross stitch, please convo me and we'll discuss it!

This listing is for a PDF pattern up to an 8x10 size (you specify the size you'd like) of a subject and text of your choice. The cost covers the initial hours for making the pattern and your right to say "I'd like it better if it were a little more THIS way" a reasonable number of times (let's keep it under, say, 10 drafts).

If you give enough detail in your purchase order notes when you check out (or via convo either before or after purchasing this listing), you will not receive a convo from me until I have a pattern draft or a few ready to show you and get your input on; I'm unfortunately not able to send out a personal order confirmation of orders from my shop, but Etsy sends out order confirmations automatically (to the email address you have on file with Etsy) so you can be sure that your order went through.

If I feel I need more information before I can create your initial pattern draft(s), I'll convo you with questions as soon as I'm ready to start working on it. Feel free to send me a convo in the meantime, even if you haven't heard from me, asking any questions that you can't find the answers to either here or in my shop policies, or if you've had a change of heart about color scheme, size, text style, etc. Do not panic if you don't hear from me; I'm likely working on your pattern and will contact you as soon as I have a draft or two.

I only work on one pattern at a time, so if you have purchased a custom pattern listing and are second or third in the queue (I try not to let the queue get longer than that, so sometimes this listing will be "sold out" temporarily), it will likely be more than a week before you hear from me. Let me know if you're on a deadline (preferably before putting your order in) and I'll prioritize accordingly!

Please read all The Deets below to be sure of what you're getting; the patterns pictured here are custom patterns I've created in the past.

---The Deets---

*WHAT YOU NEED: You will need to provide an idea, however basic or complex, of what you would like your cross stitch pattern to say or include. Photos are always welcome.

*WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Due to the nature of this work, refunds will not be available -- because I promise to spend hours and hours working on this to get it right before throwing in the towel, which will likely result in several versions of your requested pattern, any of which can be sent to you in pdf form on request. Unless you're in a time crunch, I am committed to getting you the pattern you want, within reasonable limits (i.e., I won't meet you for coffee to "discuss the pattern," I probably won't create a new language for your quote to be stitched in, and I won't create a new alphabet/font unless that IS the pattern you're looking for).

The pattern may appear in the shop in its final form or another form in the future, depending on how personal the pattern is, and will likely be a different price if/when it does; it may be cheaper for future buyers because they do not have the option of customizing.

If you would like a completely exclusive pattern that will never appear in my Etsy shop, please let me know and we will set up a separate listing or come to an agreement in advance.

If a pattern is created using your photos of non-famous people that causes them to be identifiable in the pattern, that will remain exclusive to you and will not appear in the shop. Pixel people or variations on pixel people may appear in the shop in the future, but I will never, ever sell a cross stitch pattern of your baby or spouse or personal friend, etc if that person can be identified in the pattern.

Your photos will not become my property, and I will never use them in ads or listings without your written permission.

I will not use clip art or unaltered pattern images in my patterns, custom or otherwise, though I will use pre-established cross stitch fonts.

*WHAT YOU GET: You will receive a PDF of your pattern when the process is completed, and a jpg image of that pattern. In the meantime, you have artistic input, the ability to request colors, fonts and images of your choosing, and final veto on pattern designs. Give me 1-2 weeks to send you an initial draft, please.

You will NOT receive a physical product. The pattern and jpg will be emailed to the email address you have on file with Etsy unless you request otherwise in the purchase order and specify a different address.

If you would like a kit containing all the materials needed to complete your stitch, convo me and I'll assemble materials and set up a special order for you.

*CUSTOMIZE: The pattern includes a color legend for DMC embroidery floss, but Anchor and other conversions can be added on request.

Any questions? Convo me! I'm happy to answer questions and very happy to get feedback that can help me improve my products. : )

---The Links---

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to open the file, which you can download for free here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

To learn basic cross stitch, you may like to take a look at this video from Yarn Tree that teaches "Cross Stitch in 5 minutes": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr_LfGr1v0E

Check out the patterns already up in the shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins?section_id=11122251

---The Legal Stuff---

The design you customize will be sent to you in pdf form when the process is completed. You may stitch it yourself and give the finished product as a gift, but please do not share, distribute, or re-sell the pattern, or sell the finished product, unless we agree in advance that you will have exclusive rights to the pattern.

Unless we agree otherwise in writing, I retain copyright on patterns, pattern images, and portions of patterns, and I retain the right to continue to sell patterns or portions of patterns created during the process of making your custom pattern (except in the case of patterns made from personal photos of identifiable non-famous people). : )

I'd love to see the finished stitch when you're done! :D