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blizz61@yahoo.com
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6:54 am Apr 16, 2004

Does anyone have tips on how to keep the back of your work neat? My first major project looked great on the front, but the back was nasty.
BarBaraPrz
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4:44 pm Apr 16, 2004

Keep checking the back for snarls; don't skip over more than 2 stitches; if you have to skip weave under the stitches that are already there; weave under several stitches to finish a thread then clip close. Hope this helps. It'd be better if I could show you, but ...
Sharon123
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9:49 pm Apr 16, 2004

Embarassed Didn't get it right the first time. Sorry. I'll get it right this time & post a public message. Didn't realize that I was sending a private email. anyway, what Barbara said was quite right as far that went, but also maybe you should try doing reversible cross stitch especially if you have either kids or grandkids or other young ones in your family who like Walt Disney characters.
1st row: Do alternate stitches in half cross(count as you go along{1,3,5etc.}). when you reach the last half cross
for that section of the row, do the second part of the cross stitches until you are back at the beginning of the row. Repeat these two steps once more (in other words, do the cross stitches that were skipped out the first time. That way when you look at the back of your work, it should look just as neat as the front.
lindar82
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2:46 pm Apr 18, 2004

I am interested in that method you describe for reversable cross stitch, but I learn better if I can see a picture, lol, do you know of a website that illustrates the method?
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Embarassed Didn't get it right the first time. Sorry. I'll get it right this time & post a public message. Didn't realize that I was sending a private email. anyway, what Barbara said was quite right as far that went, but also maybe you should try doing reversible cross stitch especially if you have either kids or grandkids or other young ones in your family who like Walt Disney characters.
1st row: Do alternate stitches in half cross(count as you go along{1,3,5etc.}). when you reach the last half cross
for that section of the row, do the second part of the cross stitches until you are back at the beginning of the row. Repeat these two steps once more (in other words, do the cross stitches that were skipped out the first time. That way when you look at the back of your work, it should look just as neat as the front.
msnona
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1:03 pm Apr 20, 2004

Reversible doesn't really work on a pattern that has one or two stitches in a small area. It's great on a pattern that has much of the same color in rows. I'm working on Corbeille des Fleurs and it can have up to 35 colors in one 10 stitches X 10 stitches or so square, (I counted) which really brings out the details. The back is not neat, but once it's cleaned, blocked and framed, who's going to see the back. The front is beautiful.
jenmwoodard
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1:35 pm Apr 20, 2004

I wanted to find out how you keep track of all those stitches. I just started the accolade, but the stained glass window in the corner is one of those with 20-30 stitches in a 10x10 section. Do you use the method of parking thread, or do you have other suggestions? And how do you secure the thread if there is only one, maybe two stitches of that color?
MJ
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4:38 pm Apr 20, 2004

I use parking sometimes, if I'm going back & forth among 2-4 colors. But places where there isn't much repeat of colors parking doesn't really help. I try not to carry the thread more than about 4 stitches (which is less than 1/4" on 18-count!), so in boundaries or places like that where there are lots of colors I just tie the thread off when the color changes. When almost every stitch is a different color it gets very crowded under some of those stitches. I even took a class hoping there was a magic answer but was told not. Once I tried to do a kind of complicated away knot kind of thing where I was going to stitch over the tails as I progressed but it got all snarled. I still think that might work if I could figure out how to do it! I'm doing The Beach at Bornholm and the back looks like a chenille bedspread but the front looks good!
BarBaraPrz
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8:43 pm Apr 20, 2004

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I use parking sometimes,

What's parking?

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I just tie the thread off


I NEVER tie the thread off. I always weave it under a few stitches. And if there's only one stitch in a color, I come up in one corner, holding about 1/4" at the end of the thread underneath with my finger, cross over to the opposite corner, go down to the back and catch that tail end when I come up again and make the cross, then on the backside I weave it through the same as the start, sort of like a tassel... it sounds terribly complicated but it's not.
Rosella
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5:17 am Apr 22, 2004

I wonder if I will get this right. Only one way to find out and that is to give it a go.

The only extra tip I can think of can only be used if working with a single colour and an even number of strands of thread.

Example - when working with two threads - cut the thread twice as long as you need it, fold it in half, bring needle from back to front of fabric at bottom left of square and back in top right, catch needle trough loop at back and continue stitching. It is a pity that the piece I am working with at present has mostly different coloured threads in the one cross - "Lady with unicorn: Sense of Hearing".
Sharon123
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5:22 pm Apr 23, 2004

Hi Linda,
Why not try the ANG, EGA or the EAC. The first 2 are American Embroidery websites and the 3rd is Canadian.
The first is the American Needlepoint Guild, the second is the Embroidery Guild of America and the third is the Embroiderer's Association of Canada. The website address of the Canadian one is eac.ca. I don't know the
addresses of the American ones but you can find them by conducting a search on the Internet. The way that I do reversible cross stitch is:
1. do a half cross
2. skip 2 threads
3. do another half cross
4. repeat step 2
5. repeat steps 1-4 until you reach the end of the row or column. Then do the second part of the cross stitches , all the while skipping 2 threads between each stitch until you get back to the beginning.
Remember to count as you go along, so that the first time you will be doing the fiirst, third, fifth, seventh cross stitch & so on until the end of the row or column. The next time, you will be going between the
previous stitches, so that you will be doing the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th cross stitch & so on right to the end.
Sharon Laughing

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