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Saprater
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10:50 am Nov 19, 2005

Well, I've come up with a storage system for the 120 different floss colors. I have them all on bobbins and in seperate bags ordered by their numbers: 300's, 400's, etc...which stay in a separate container. Then I have small snack-sized plastic bags with the color symbol and the blended colors in their own containers. If I use the color, I leave the threaded needle in the bag as well. The patterns themselves, along with the color key, are all blown up 8 1/2 x 11 and laminated. When I finish a particular color in its squared off area, I use a crayola crayon to shade that color in. The color is washable (in case I made a mistake like yesterday) but holds long enough that I know what I've done. The purpose in me telling you this is to see if there are suggestions or shortcuts anyone can recommend.

Now, yesterday I got started. Took me about an hour to get an area the size of a nickel done: what with all the color changing. I carried over to areas which were a few stitches away, but even then I had to change colors about 6 or 7 times. The front looks o.k., but the back is a huge mess. Since I had to start new colors, I had to tuck them under pre-existing threads and it looks nowhere as neat as a smaller project would. At one point I was actually have trouble getting my needle throuh the Aida cloth b/c it had to pierce a layer of threaded tails first, and it's harder to count the holes with the light no longer shining through the cloth as well. Which I think accounts for the mistake I made yesterday when I went over one extra column and had to clip all the threads in that section out and redo them. *sigh*

So now I'm just a wee bit lost. Oh, and the floss I ordered online (which I will NEVER do again) is missing several colors. I was worried that Walmart wouldn't have all the colors I needed, but they do, in fact, have quite a large selection in their fabric department. So I could have avoided this problem and saved myself around 30 dollars as well. Sorry, just a side note.

Anyhow, to finish (before this ends up a novel), is the back supposed to be this messy? Am I just making a boob out of the whole job? Should I wait until the magnifying lamp comes in before I resume work on the project? Will it make a difference in making those counting errors? Instead of doing colors in small sections, should I go straight across and park the needle? And if so, how do you keep the threads from creating a jungle gym back in the back? I tried it once and I had all these needles and threads getting jumbled up together, even when I tried to "wind" them before parking the needle.

Help...please.

Sandy
BarBaraPrz
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10:54 am Nov 20, 2005

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Originally posted by Saprater
Well, I've come up with a storage system for the 120 different floss colors. I have them all on bobbins and in seperate bags ordered by their numbers: 300's, 400's, etc...which stay in a separate container. Then I have small snack-sized plastic bags with the color symbol and the blended colors in their own containers. If I use the color, I leave the threaded needle in the bag as well. The patterns themselves, along with the color key, are all blown up 8 1/2 x 11 and laminated. When I finish a particular color in its squared off area, I use a crayola crayon to shade that color in. The color is washable (in case I made a mistake like yesterday) but holds long enough that I know what I've done. The purpose in me telling you this is to see if there are suggestions or shortcuts anyone can recommend.
Sandy


Sounds like you have your storage system worked out fairly well. We all have our own little systems, and they're all correct if they work for us.

But you should try to keep the back as neat as possible.
Saprater
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2:35 pm Nov 20, 2005


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But you should try to keep the back as neat as possible.


I'm trying...I really am, but with all the different color changes and jumping two, three stitches to the next color marker, it's really hard. And I was never a great back person to begin with...even on projects the size of cd cases.

I've just completed my first small square and am very happy that I can, at last, see a solid block of pattern (even if it is the size of a nickel). Wink

This is only my third attempt at cross stitching, and I'm sure I'm going to make a TON of mistakes. lol But it sure is worth it after you take a second to look back at what you've accomplished.
Marion
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Location: Painted Post, NY
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1:36 pm Nov 21, 2005

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Originally posted by Saprater


Anyhow, to finish (before this ends up a novel), is the back supposed to be this messy? Am I just making a boob out of the whole job? Should I wait until the magnifying lamp comes in before I resume work on the project? Will it make a difference in making those counting errors? Instead of doing colors in small sections, should I go straight across and park the needle? And if so, how do you keep the threads from creating a jungle gym back in the back? I tried it once and I had all these needles and threads getting jumbled up together, even when I tried to "wind" them before parking the needle.


Magnification will defiinitely help you see what is going on, especially if you stitch at night like I do. I wouldn't necessarily stop work altogether while you wait for the lamp, but go slowly and if you end up with another nickel's worth completed that's fine. Remember, it isn't a race to the finish. You want to enjoy what you spend your time on! Smile

I'm about to start my first Scarlet Quince (Pinkie) and I'm going to try parking my needles. That will be a new trick for this old dog and I'm excited about learning a new skill. I've been reading all over various sites online to get hints on how to be successful with parking.

Your storage system sounds fine. You may retool as you go along when you find something you like better, or something that didn't occur to you in the early stages.

Good luck and keep us posted as you progress.

Marion
Fabala
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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3:36 pm Dec 28, 2005

Parking without tangles...

if you are close to an edge, or if there is enough unstitched space around, you can park your needle on the TOP of your project (just stop one pull before the stitch is done).

With the parked needle on top, and therefore the THREAD connected to it, you are less likely to tangle it with another thread because it is on the upside of the project.

This is a little trick I came up with when I started SQ's "In the Grass". It has helped tremeddously. Just make sure your needle is the right size for the aida, so you dont overstretch the holes while parking it.
rifestitch
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3:25 pm Dec 31, 2005

quote:
Originally posted by Saprater

Anyhow, to finish (before this ends up a novel), is the back supposed to be this messy?
Sandy


Wow, two fellow stitchers in the Atlanta area - I thought I was about the only one! At least, I don't know anybody else personally who has this crazy obsession!

About the back being messy; I have read in other groups about people who are almost as concerned with the back as the front. Granted, I haven't done a piece as large as one of these Scarlet Quince ones yet (next in the to-do pile - Lady & Unicorn: Sense of Hearing detail), but I have done enough Tersa Wentzlers and others to know that I am not too concerned with it. I want to keep it as flat as possible - definitely no knots, like I did when I was a kid and didn't know better - but even if you have a lot of threads on the back when done, so long as the bulk is consistent across the whole piece, they still frame well, if the piece is stretched as it should be.

When I start my SQ design (hopefully by summer), I am going to try the parking method - I did an abbreviated version of it once before (before I knew there was a name for it :b), when I was working on TW's Fall Carousel Horse; the leaves in the border were 2 sets of three different color combinations, with each leaf being about 2 whole stitches and 6 half and/or quarters. I kept losing my place, so the light bulb finally came on, and I had 6 needles loaded, and worked each leaf complete before moving on to the next. The needles I wasn't using were just stuck in the fabric out of the way, in a direction that wouldn't tangle me up in back. It's been a while since I did that, but I remember it working for me, once I got the hang of it - it took a couple of hours, at least. If I hadn't figured that out, I'd probably still be doing those damn leaves!!

I myself am not using a magnifier, yet; once I get going on my SQ, I may decide I need one, depending on if I try to do it over-1. Right now, I am more concerned with finding a comfortable chair; our current living room furniture is about done in, and even after just sitting and watching a movie, me and DH have aching backs, regardless of where/how we position pillows. I need something a little more upright, I think. Or maybe it's the slouching in front of a computer for 8-9 hours a day at work that's doing it?

I think once you find your rythm, it'll go faster for you. One day, you'll be working away, and you'll suddenly realize that it has all come together for you, and all is right with the world! I like to call it Stitcher's Euphoria, though with all these boys running around my house (shooting each other with BBs and kicking soccer balls inside), I don't hit that mark very often!!
Fabala
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3:43 pm Dec 31, 2005

rifestitch... you're a trip!

And no... you're not the only Atlanta-local-cross-stitch-addicted-stitcheupohoria-craved woman with computer-related-stiffness and crappy furniture.

We're actually more common than you'd think... LOL! As a matter of fact, reading your post I thought you were describing MY life... until you got the the boys. All I have is a husband who thinks I am a TOTAL nerd for posting to a stitcher's forum. (Until I remind him that he's a gamer...)
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10:30 am Jan 08, 2006

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Originally posted by Fabala

Some people are like Slinkies: not much good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.


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BarBaraPrz
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10:33 am Jan 08, 2006

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Originally posted by Fabala

Some people are like Slinkies: not much good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.


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11:30 am Jan 19, 2006

I got a used office chair (what used to be called a secretary chair, no arms) which is GREAT to stitch in! Nice and soft, good back support, and easy to roll around. Companies often redecorate and get rid of perfectly good chairs, and used office furniture places sell them for much less than new. Before I had this chair I was using a chair that kept giving me a pinched nerve - very bad!
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