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divinenanny
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Lady and the Unicorn progress (was: Questions from a Dutchie     Reply with quote  
 
 
2:51 am Nov 18, 2008

Hi everybody,

Let me introduce myself first, as a new member. I am Sara, 25 years old, from The Netherlands. I took up cross stitching (again) about 8 months ago. My current WIP was simple, and game related (I am a huge Nintendo nerd). It can be seen at this url: http://www.flickr.com/photos/divinenanny/collections/72157605301162687/.
I was inspired to do cross stitching by my mother who has been doing it for a long time, and has a whole wall filled with finished work (for the dutchies, she does Lanarte complete kits).
When I finish my Mario cross stitch seen in the pictures above (in the next two weeks I think), I want to move on to a bigger project, and I am looking to order the "Mon Seul Desir" patterns from SQ. The reason for this is that I studied Medieval history and am still facinated by the middle ages. I have seen the real unicorn tapestries in Paris, and love them, they are so gorgeous....

I do have a couple of questions before I get started:
- Do any of the other dutchies (or europeans) on this forum know of cheap stores or webshops for DMC thread? It doesn't matter for me if it is a physical store (anywhere in the Netherlands) or a webshop that ships to the Netherlands... It's just that I hardly have a supply of my own, and Mon Seul Desir has many different thread colors in it...
- Any tips for supplies? I was thinking of getting a hoop (wooden, fairly large), bobbins and a box for thread storage (with bobbin labels that can be ordered with the pattern) and a magnet board to keep the patterns nice and neat and readable. My mother gave me a "dull" needle (no sharp point), I am looking to get more of those. I want to do it on 18-count ada, off-white.
- Any tips for parking? I have never done this before, neither has my mother, so she can't help either. Is it easier to let the threads hang (with or without needle?) or do you leave the needle attached and stick it in an unused, not in the way portion of your work?
- I was thinking of keeping the fabric manageable by rolling up the portion outside of the hoop and clamping it together with a binder clip (large size), and protecting the fabric/stitches with thin paper. I might have seen this tip here, or somewhere else. Does any one have experience using binder clips, and does it damage your fabric or stitches?
- Any other tips for someone who hasn't done anything this complicated before?

I hope someone can help me along, thanks for reading this long post!

Sara

[edit] Oh, another question I forgot. I see here that most stitchers start at a corner. My mother always taught me to start at the center... Which is better? Or if it isn't really better, why do people prefer either one?
[edit 2] Does anyone of you know about a book that explains the basic cross stitching techniques (with illustrations), kind of like it is done in the tips section of this site? It can be old or new, dutch or english... I'm really a book person so I would love to have some sort of reference guide. And if it doesn't exist, maybe SQ should publish one (on lulu.com or something Wink)

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rifestitch
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7:38 pm Nov 18, 2008

Hi, Sara, and welcome!!! I try to be quiet around here (as you'll notice if you flip through the older threads), but wanted to say Hi!!

We have had several discussions along the lines of what you are looking for, so instead of rehashing just my ideas - which are by no means "The Ideas", I'll give you some links to some of our older threads:

Parking:
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=1&t=251
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=1&t=235

Frames:
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=1&t=97
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=1&t=173
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=1&t=278
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=1&t=220


As for where to get DMC in Europe, depending on how the euro is doing against the pound right now, most of my online pals on the continent buy their DMC from the UK. I can dig up a couple of online shops for you, if you don't have any yourself.

And for starting in the middle vs. starting in a corner - I think it's entirely personal preference. All of my Teresa Wentzler pieces I have started in the middle, because they are small enough to do so, and then that gives me the option to go in a different direction if I'm bored working a section I'm on. I just started English Garden Sampler last month, and this is the first TW I have ever started on the outside border; no particular reason, just found that was where I wanted to start.

My SQ and other large designs like Heaven & Earth, I start in the top left, mainly because with that many pages, and the number of years I'll spend working these big pieces, I am afraid I will get the pages out of order if I start in the middle - and I might not notice right away Smile And if I have the project on scroll rods, I would prefer to get the top part done, scroll down once, work the next section all the way across, scroll down, etc. The fewer times I have to adjust the scrolls, the better it works for me - because I am lazy that way
Embarassed

This will give you some info to digest. Here's another good thread:
http://www.scarletquince.com/forum_viewtopic.php?f=1&t=275
I'm sure others will pop in with their wisdom, as well - and don't believe anything Alanna says about me and my talkativeness!!!! Again, welcome, and glad to meet you! Oh, we like to see pics of projects in process Smile
divinenanny
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3:42 am Nov 19, 2008

Hey Rife, Thanks for your reply. I read thru the threads you gave me and did learn some more about parking. I am still not sure if I am going to try this (I am a master at getting tangles and knots...).
I've been looking at just about every dutch webshop I could find, but DMC is just too expensive here. I found 123 stitch, which sells DMC floss for $0,44, which is less than half the price of floss here. Do you have any UK links for me? Euro against the pound is very good right now (pound is cheap for us)...
I think the craft shop in my hometown sells Q-snaps, I think I am going to look into that. A floor/lap stand is a bit too much for me, like Trudie mentioned in one of her posts, most Dutchies don't use anything (no hoop or frame or stand), so this will take some getting used to, but I think it will make my stitches more beautiful.
I think I'll start at the corner, it will probably be easier that way with the pages.
WIP pics will be dutifully taken each week and posted on my website, http://www.divinenanny.nl

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rifestitch
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8:29 am Nov 19, 2008

Here's a couple that I know are still around:
http://www.sewandso.co.uk/index.html - I've ordered from them, they are lovely to work with Smile
http://www.wye.co.uk/ - never dealt with these folks, their DMC is quite a bit higher than Sew & So...
http://www.happyhobbits.com/ - never dealt with these folks, either, but have heard good things - and who doesn't like a happy hobbit?? Laughing

Jayne's Attic was a favorite of most everyone, until she decided to call it quits. I think she's still in the business in some way, but not operating a shop, online or otherwise.
Happy Hobbit & Sew & So are probably your best bets - just check to make sure Hobbit ships to you - I know Sew & So does.
rifestitch
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8:38 am Nov 19, 2008

Oh, and speaking of you Dutchies, here's one of my online pal's sites - you want to see a prolific MALE stitcher?
http://hans100001.multiply.com/

Hans does some of the most gorgeous work!! Check out his photo albums. Somewhere is a link to pics of his house with all of his works hanging - I wonder if I can find that again....

I looked at your blog (though of course couldn't read any of it Sad ) Where in The Netherlands are you? I spent a wonderful weekend in Amsterdam many years ago, when I was stationed in England. Beautiful city, beautiful country. So full of history, and I am a huge European history buff, though mainly centered on Tudor England, right now.
divinenanny
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1:00 pm Nov 19, 2008

Rife, thanks for the links, I was actually looking at Sew and so. However, for the quantities I need I think US prices are even better... Do you (or anyone else reading this) have any experience with 123 stitch? I have read some comments on Dutch sites of Dutchies that ordered there and had good experiences... Oh, I see the Happy Hobbit (great name indeed!) is pretty cheap to, I'll have to compare...

Nice site of Hans, I should really take some pics of my mother's work, she does works of Lanarte, I see Hans did some Lanarte too.
I will update my site soon and translate it. My WIP posts for Mon Seul Desir will be in English from the start.

I live near Amsterdam, in Hoorn. This is about 30 mins north of Amsterdam. And I work in The Hague. I love history too, though my focus is mostly early medieval history. This leads me to England, France and Germany, the Netherlands don't have much in that period.

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Lisa_R
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4:20 pm Nov 19, 2008

Hi Sara, just thought I'd butt in here. I'm in the UK and I get most of my threads from an eBay seller http://shop.ebay.co.uk/merchant/westbbc

Her threads work out about 28p per skein for DMC. Not sure what postage would be to the Netherlands.
divinenanny
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2:28 am Nov 20, 2008

Hey Lisa,

Thanks for the tip, westbbc has nice prices. And the UK is closer to Holland, so that should be fine. I also like how she sell large quantities (up to 100)... I think I'll order with her. Meredith sent me the complete list of numbers and quantities I need, so there is a change I'll be able to get what I need before the pattern gets here... I am so excited!

Sara

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divinenanny
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5:50 am Nov 24, 2008

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Originally posted by rifestitch
I looked at your blog (though of course couldn't read any of it Sad )


Hey Rife,

I am in the process of translating my blog, all my stitching posts are in English now, and will be from now on. If you're really interested in gaming or cultural heritage institutions, I am afraid you have to wait Wink.

Sara

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9:35 am Nov 24, 2008

FYI, I've ordered from 123 stitch several times & have good experiences. Good luck! Very Happy
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