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eabartlett
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Joined: 21 Dec 2007
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Location: Annapolis, MD
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12:00 pm Dec 21, 2007

I found this site via Google and thought the pieces were so beautiful, I had to try the Madonna and Child (Marianne Stokes) as an [eventual!] gift for my mom even though I don't have a lot of experience. I've read a lot of the threads on parking, gridding, etc and feel pretty well prepared for the challenge ahead! And I sort of feel like a glutton for punishment as well. Wink What are the key things I should pay attention to as I begin this at the beginning of the new year? I definitely want to take the proper preparation steps to ensure the smoothest outcome. Thank you in advance!
stitcherfe
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Location: London, Ontario, Canada
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7:49 am Dec 22, 2007

Welcome to this site! Yes, the patterns are wonderful. It sounds like you are well on your way in preparation.
My advice is 1. be patient..these are very detailed patterns and take time to do. 2. I have found I pay attention to each stitch to be sure it is as good as I can make it, ie the threads lie as flat as possible, showing the blended threads beside each other, and as few split threads as I can do.
My stitching is far from perfect, but those are the things I try to do when I am stitching.
How are you going to keep track of which stitches you have done? Myself, I make an enlarged copy of the pattern and mark it off with highlighter as I complete each stitch. There are many ways, and you may have one that works for you.
Look forward to hearing how you are progressing.

Have a happy holiday.

Stitching Nancy
fenny
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Joined: 10 Oct 2007
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Location: Israel
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9:42 am Dec 22, 2007

Hi and welcome to the forum.It seems you read all the tips and solutions which is a good start and they will help you.Just take care you have enough fabric to begin with. We all have made mistakes, none of us are perfect and thats the way we all learn,sometimes the hard way. Embarassed
What stitcherfe wrote goes for me as well aspecially the colouring of the stitches you have made so you can keep track of where you are, and I use magnets as well but just start and you'll see what works for you best. It's a challenge to do these great patterns but it's really worth it and once you start there is no stopping you.Good luck and hope hearing from you.

Happy Stitching
Julie T
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Joined: 08 Jul 2007
Posts: 146
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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3:59 am Dec 23, 2007

Welcome (and Happy Solstice to everyone) - my advice would be to make sure you are comfortable. Good chair (I like something with arms, and where my feet can either touch the floor or I can curl them under me), excellent light (over a shoulder is best, with a bright full spectrum bulb), even surface for your chart (use a magnet board if you can), find the best way to keep your fabric (I use needlepoint stretcher bars, but scroll racks are good too, also Q-snaps), also find the best way to organize floss (everyone has a personal preference, I like bobbin cards and use Meredith's way-cool stickers), and then....have fun!
BarBaraPrz
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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9:58 am Dec 24, 2007

quote:
Originally posted by eabartlett
I found this site via Google...


Welcome aboard. One thing to remember, is: It'll get done when it gets done! (Don't expect to have it finished in a specific time period.)
rifestitch
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3:39 pm Dec 24, 2007

1 X at a time - when you boil it all down, that's all any of these are, just 1 X at a time! And it's going to be absolutely amazing when you finish it, even if that is a long way off! Have fun with it!
Party Planner60
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Location: Rockford, Illinois
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12:55 pm Jan 11, 2008

quote:
Originally posted by Julie T
Welcome (and Happy Solstice to everyone) - my advice would be to make sure you are comfortable. Good chair (I like something with arms, and where my feet can either touch the floor or I can curl them under me), excellent light (over a shoulder is best, with a bright full spectrum bulb), even surface for your chart (use a magnet board if you can), find the best way to keep your fabric (I use needlepoint stretcher bars, but scroll racks are good too, also Q-snaps), also find the best way to organize floss (everyone has a personal preference, I like bobbin cards and use Meredith's way-cool stickers), and then....have fun!


What are Meredith;s way cool stickers? Confused
fenny
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Joined: 10 Oct 2007
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Location: Israel
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1:21 pm Jan 11, 2008

Hi, I think that Julie means the printed floss labels you can order.
Enjoy your SQ.
Happy Stitching
Julie T
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Joined: 08 Jul 2007
Posts: 146
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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2:12 am Jan 12, 2008

Yes, that is what I meant. Because these patterns use blended needle floss it is helpfull to have the stickers. They can be ordered when you get your chart or after, I have done both. It's yet another handy and clever service our Meredith has to offer.
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