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maryjanemanolos
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Joined: 21 May 2008
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newbie with questions!     Reply with quote  
 
 
2:12 pm May 21, 2008

Hello all! I just ordered my first SQ- Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. I'm 23, and have been doing cross stitch for several years, but stopped for awhile b/c all I could find in stores were the kind of cheesy kits. Anyway, I've never done anything this big or complicated before, so I wanted to run a few things past the seasoned vets:

1. Even though this thing is really big and I risk getting it dirty, I really only stitch when I travel, which is all the time. I can't use scroll frames because of that so I was thinking of those Qsnap things, which I've never used before. Is that going to work?

2.Do I grid the whole thing before starting or just the page I'm working on? Never needed to grid before, but it looks like it's a lot easier.

3. Do I sew OVER the grid and pull it out later? Or pull it out as I go?

Thanks!
Amanda
Trudie
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Joined: 02 Feb 2008
Posts: 76
Location: Australia
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5:57 pm May 21, 2008

Hi Amanda,

Here is my two bobs worth .

First of all . Congratulations on the choice of pattern . Have that one myself !

Qnaps will work very well but get the large size . I think its 11 x17 from memory
Grid by page and pull out as you stitch .
You are going to love the experience of stitching something you can get your teeth into . I know what you mean by cheesy kits. How wonderfull you discovered Scarlett Quince . Good luck and let us know how you are enjoying it .

Happy Stitching
Trudie








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Originally posted by maryjanemanolos
Hello all! I just ordered my first SQ- Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. I'm 23, and have been doing cross stitch for several years, but stopped for awhile b/c all I could find in stores were the kind of cheesy kits. Anyway, I've never done anything this big or complicated before, so I wanted to run a few things past the seasoned vets:

1. Even though this thing is really big and I risk getting it dirty, I really only stitch when I travel, which is all the time. I can't use scroll frames because of that so I was thinking of those Qsnap things, which I've never used before. Is that going to work?

2.Do I grid the whole thing before starting or just the page I'm working on? Never needed to grid before, but it looks like it's a lot easier.

3. Do I sew OVER the grid and pull it out later? Or pull it out as I go?

Thanks!
Amanda
Alanna
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Joined: 27 Aug 2006
Posts: 633
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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10:25 pm May 22, 2008

Hi there MJ Manolos!

Yep, ditto everything Trudie said. Q-snaps are fabulous, I just hope you can get some that are big enough! Grid as you like, the whole lot (if you're feeling really motivated) or in chunks of pages or rows. Definitely don't stitch over your gridding, pull out as you go.

Which starry night do you have?
This one: http://www.scarletquince.com/pat.php?pat=VGO003
Or this one: http://www.scarletquince.com/pat.php?pat=VGO002

They're both fabulous!

Happy stitchihng, keep us posted.
maryjanemanolos
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Joined: 21 May 2008
Posts: 11
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7:20 am May 23, 2008

I am doing VGO003, the more well known one, I guess. A lot of my friends are in art school and I thought this would make a great Christmas present for one of them- if I can get it done in time, that is... Smile.

I have ANOTHER question!! I bought "qsnaps" at JoAnn Fabrics, but I think they were - because they didn't have the little ridges inside and they do crease the fabric- should I return them and get the real ones or will those work just as well??
Alanna
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Joined: 27 Aug 2006
Posts: 633
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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7:23 am May 23, 2008

I'm sure those will work just fine. Mine are another version of the same thing too and they're just as wonderful, so I'm sure yours are too! Smile
fenny
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Joined: 10 Oct 2007
Posts: 192
Location: Israel
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10:12 am May 27, 2008

Hi Amanda, nice to meet you. Very Happy
Did the pattern arrive? Or are you in the middle of gridding?
Never used to grid myself, but for a pattern this size,fully stitched, it's well worth the effort, gridded my SQ too, because it's easier to see if I have made a mistake, and it works very well for me.
You'll do fine and it will be the a fantastic picture.
Happy Stitching
maryjanemanolos
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Joined: 21 May 2008
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11:08 am May 27, 2008

It has arrived, and I am kind of gridding as I go and pulling it out as I stitch closer to it. Haven't really done the parking thing much, although I did come up with this organization system: I bought a few bead organizers from a fabric store. I label the top of each compartment with the thread color and symbol, and then I leave the needle with the thread attached in the compartment until I need it next. The little compartments are just the right size. So far, so good, I'll have pics soon!




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Originally posted by fenny
Hi Amanda, nice to meet you. Very Happy
Did the pattern arrive? Or are you in the middle of gridding?
Never used to grid myself, but for a pattern this size,fully stitched, it's well worth the effort, gridded my SQ too, because it's easier to see if I have made a mistake, and it works very well for me.
You'll do fine and it will be the a fantastic picture.
Happy Stitching
fenny
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Joined: 10 Oct 2007
Posts: 192
Location: Israel
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11:35 am May 27, 2008

Hi Amanda
You've organized yourself very well. Good idea about those bead organizers.And as I understand it, you're doing very well with the stitching!
Just try the parking little by little and you'll find it quite handy.
There are topics in the forum about parking, maybe you pick up some tips.( if you haven't read them yet) Waiting for your pictures.
Happy Stitching
Trudie
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Joined: 02 Feb 2008
Posts: 76
Location: Australia
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4:56 pm May 27, 2008

Hello Amanda,


Hope you are enjoying your Scarlett Quince along with the qnaps !
What I do with mine is use 4 strips of fine material under the actual snap . That way there will be no marks on the stitching. Not that there was before I started using them. I just didnt want to take the risk !

Happy Stitching
Trudie
maryjanemanolos
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Joined: 21 May 2008
Posts: 11
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7:52 am May 29, 2008

I am enjoying it! I finished one "star" in the upper left hand corner and I'm glad I can see progress immediately or I'd throw my hands up and give up! I DID end up returning the - snaps and buying the real deal on the company website. The - ones were losing their tightness after only three days! I like the "real" ones a lot better, they don't seem as hard on the fabric and the edges aren't as bulky. Anyway, thanks for all the advice everyone!

quote:
Originally posted by Trudie
Hello Amanda,


Hope you are enjoying your Scarlett Quince along with the qnaps !
What I do with mine is use 4 strips of fine material under the actual snap . That way there will be no marks on the stitching. Not that there was before I started using them. I just didnt want to take the risk !

Happy Stitching
Trudie
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