I too have just started to prep the material for Ehret die Frauen. This is my first Scarlet Quince project. I've blanket stitched the edges and have just referred to the site regarding the gridding. I'm going to try marking out the pages and then just grid the boxes within the first page and see how it goes.
It's quite a daunting task isn't it but I think the end product will most definitely be worth it. It's great to have a challenge. My husband has nicknamed the piece The Bayeux Tapestry, but I just call them The Ladies.
I did consider using the embroidery rings but decided in the end to go for a scroll system - it's huge but, again, let's see how it goes. I can always change at any point.
Hi Christine. Glad to see someone else as brave (or foolhardy) as me.
I just cannot get to grips with a scroll frame, even for smaller projects. I think it's probably because I sit in an armchair rather than a work chair, and I can't get the fabric taut enough. Anyway, I'm sticking with the hoop - for now.
I'm not killing myself to finish it quickly. Before I started it I knew it was the sort of project to undertake slowly and carefully and I expect it to take a couple of years. I'm working on it on my days off, otherwise it would be an hour or so after work and I would get barely anything done. I'm also in the middle of redecorating my house and that's holding up progress too.
Good luck with it and post some pictures; I'd love to see how you're doing. Let me know if you have any tips for dealing with the millions of single stitches.
I started off with the hoops but found I couldn't get them tight enough with larger pieces so went onto scrolls. However, after a while I developed tension problems in my left shoulder (I sew right handed) so I bought a stand from here: http://www.needleneeds.co.uk/. Problem solved and it's definitely required for The Ladies as I've gone for a 36" scroll - being a girl I have to stitch the way I see it and would have found it impossible having a smaller scroll and having to turn it round - just ask my husband when I try to navigate in the car. I keep telling him that particular gene was switched off at the altar.
After a recent SQ newsletter I have tried starting with a pinstitch, which is fab. I haven't tried it for finishing off yet though I think I'm about to get to grips with it with The Ladies.
Like some of the other responses on your other thread, I too follow the same colour until either it or my thread runs out. I'll let you know how it goes with single stitches later I like this method as it gives the eye a landmark in both the material and the pattern and I find I make less mistakes this way, although having just finished TW Stretch the Dragon, it's not fool proof as all those symbols can send the eyes doolally
This afternoon I have spent a good hour putting in the centre lines on 36 count linen and I've just about gone blind without even making any impact on the 10 square grids!! What material are you using? Is it aida and, if so, have you tried the pinstitch method on it? I am seriously thinking about ordering some different material and would be grateful for your/anyone's comments.
I like the idea of having a stitch along to keep each other going if you're up for it
OK, after sleeping on it, I have changed the way I normally do things, which is to prepare the material first, off the scroll bars, iron it and mount on the bars.
Now I have blanket stitched the edges off the scroll bars (for obvious reasons ), put the material on the scrolls and tighted. This has pulled the warp and weft (?) threads of the linen slightly apart to make seeing them easier and I have also dug out my old clip on magnifying glass - the one I used before I had to purchase reading glasses as a direct result of cross-stitching!
I have now sewn three horizontal grid lines in 30 mins on the top left hand quarter, so we are cooking on gas now yay! This after I took the first line out once I realised that the centre of the picture wasn't on one of the grid lines. I think I have been spoilt by the 'easier' projects I had in the past where this has been the case.
Are there any other 'differences' I should be on the lookout for?
Christine, if you haven't gridded before, you don't even necessarily need to do the whole thing - do a few pages' worth and see if it even helps you. My SQ is the first thing I ever gridded, and I am glad I did, but I also used aida, so half the work of counting was already done for me But I honestly don't know if I will grid another one, or not; I might go in and mark the pages off, so I have that frame of reference. I use it and I don't, if that makes sense. I find I use it a lot less since I stopped parking - if parking, it is a time saver.
Good luck - I'm anxious to see how you progress!!!
I have found the gridding to be useful as I didn't want to make a mistake at the beginning of such a large piece and I am renowned for my maths not being what it should be. Therefore the counting part of the gridding took quite a while and involving recounting two and three times to make sure I got it right.
After a few afternoons of The Ladies, I have come to the conclusion that I don't think I could cope with parking having all those threads about; however, if it works for you then that's fab too.
In the end I am glad I used linen as you really need that centre hole for the pin stitching. Anyway, back to it ...