Classic cross stitch is a site devoted to larger cross stitch or needlepoint patterns based on Classical paintings. It came about in 1998 after a couple of years of experimentation because I wanted larger patterns that I could stitch.
I experimented with various cross stitch pattern makers and with Adobe photoshop to come up with a formula that would give me patterns that would look as close to the original painting as I could get. I originally was doing this for my own pleasure and had no intention of selling patterns but part of the business I worked at had a booth in a flea market that I manned every Saturday and Sunday and there is where I got most of my stitching done, Many of the people who saw me stitching encouraged me to sell the patterns I was making as they also wanted larger patterns that they could not find either so in 1998 I started the Classic Cross Stitch website to see what would happen. It soon became more than a hobby and in 2002 became a full time business and has continued so ever since.