I use bobbins as they are convenient to store. I generally baste the two central lines and work out from there, but with this one being so big I will most likely do the above but also work out from the top left corner so that I'm not brushing against stitching - some careful counting is required there methinks!
Yes, there will be alot of work getting the materials ready and I think it'll take about four hours or so before I can get the enjoyable stage of actually sewing. However, the five Ps from my workdays spring to mind: Perfect Preparation Prevents P*ss Poor Performance. (or 4 Ps if you're not feeling irreverent)
quote:Originally posted by Divecat ...I will most likely do the above but also work out from the top left corner so that I'm not brushing against stitching...
That's a consideration I hadn't thought of before. I usually start from the centre, but that's on pieces which are a lot smaller than SQs, but I always thought that when I start the L&U I would start from the bottom right corner (because of the way I stitch- far corner to near corner and so that the needle would always come up in a free square, if you see what I mean.) But it's true that stitching from the bottom would mean brushing your hand constantly against what you had already stitched. Hmmm maybe I could stitch from the top right... Thanks for alerting me to this consideration, is there no end to the knowledge!
Oh, and I think you'll find that you already have five Ps if you're not irreverent, and 6 if you are.
Always start with big patterns in the right top.
And yes Alanna, I find the middle of the fabric and start from there, count 10 xstitches and put in a pin till I'm at the required stitches. leave them there till I've done horizontal and vertical. Never grid the whole fabric but these lines I do. , because you can never be to sure to start of on the right foot.
But it's still always counting and recounting.
Have fun and happy , Fenny.
quote:Originally posted by fenny Always start with big patterns in the right top.
Hi Fenny - Do you work each line across R to L or each page R to L. Are you left handed or is there another reason? Apologies for the personal question but although I've been stitching for a number of years, I have never attempted one this size before and I'd like to get it right
I was thinking of doing each page (with overlap to prevent gridlines) L to R as I am right handed?
Looking forward to hearing from you as I feel this may open a can of worms
No can of worms to open
I'm lefthanded, can stitch righthanded a bit, (but that takes ages ), but it's as simple as that. So it sounds good to me if your righthanded to start at the left.
Work each page right to left and if on the next page are some more stitches of the same colour I do them too. In order not to get any ridges. It says so also in the tips.
Do know some stitchers who do work just the page and don't seem to have trouble with ridges, and than there is one advise I got from a lady, never finish your thread at the end of the page.
Ridges have a lot to do with tension.
Hope this helps.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Hi Fenny - many thanks for the advice - I'll take any I can get and experience is a wonderful tutor.
Alanna - my Needle Needs scroll kit came today. The wood is absolutely beautful and wonderfully smooth. The scroll bars themselves are a solid 1.5" in diameter - no fear of these bowing I think! The delivery was excellent as well - I spoke to them yesterday and it was on my doorstep this morning - how's that for service!